As the singer/guitarist/songwriter of Everclear, Art Alexakis penned some of the most popular alt-radio hits of the late '90s ("Santa Monica," "Everything to Everyone," "Father of Mine," etc.). But prior to his musical career, Alexakis' personal life was extremely turbulent, including a troubled childhood and an extended period of serious drug addiction. Born on April 12, 1962, in West Los Angeles, CA, Arthur Paul Alexakis was the youngest of five children and was raised primarily by his mother (his father walked out on the family when Alexakis was only five years old). Life was hard for Alexakis, as his he and his family relocated to a housing project in Culver City, CA. To escape the unhappiness of his home life, Alexakis turned to drugs at an early age as a form of escape, but when he was 12 years old, his older brother died from a heroin overdose. Instead of using the tragedy as an example to end his own drug abuse, the youngest Alexakis sunk further into drug abuse, and even witnessed a girlfriend die the same way his brother had (Alexakis also attempted suicide shortly after his brother's passing).