We are happy to feature the amazing singer, songwriter, guitarist and Free2Luv Advocate, Alexx Calise! Alexx delivers a sound that is both fresh and uniquely her own, combining crunchy rock riffs with probing lyrics and hooky pop melodies. This passionate young woman is rocking her voice for good and we’re delighted to share more about her.
It was super awesome to sit down with Alexx and learn more about the amazing person behind the music. Thank you for sharing your incredible words of wisdom, Alexx!
What are your top 3 favorites songs?
I Only Have Eyes for You by the Flamingos, Claire de Lune by Debussy, Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?
I’d probably travel back to the 90’s grunge era. I’ve always felt such a connection to that period in music, and my own music is heavily influenced by artists like Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, silverchair, and more. It was so beautifully melancholic, so emotive and expressive, and so musical.
If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Leonardo Davinci, George Washington
Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?
I own a kids party company, and over the years have learned how to face paint, twist balloons, and perform magic tricks. I started the company with only 3 costumes, and now I manage over 20 people, have relationships with event planners all over California, and carry over 100 different costumes. I also do a little acting on the side, and in my spare time, I like to read, write and play music, and work out.
What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?
I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had several awesome opportunities, but I’d say one I’m very, very proud of was performing my song “Survive” recently on Lifetime’s “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”.
What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?
Claire de Lune. It is one of the most tranquil, emotive, and moving pieces of music I’ve ever heard.
What’s your favorite part of performing?
It’s an indescribable feeling really. I feel like a totally different person when I’m up on stage, like nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my personal life. For those 45 minutes or however long I’m up there, I’m completely Zen. All of the struggles and hardships that I face on a day-to-day basis as an artist are worth it just so that I can have those precious moments on stage.
What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?
I don’t have a go to song per se, but I will admit, I do sing in the shower pretty frequently. I love the reverb on my voice, haha.
What message do you want to share through your music?
I just want people to be inspired by what I do. I write from life, and my own personal experiences. If someone can take something positive from what I have to say, then I know I’ve done my job as an artist. That’s what separates great art from good art.
What would you say to someone going through a rough time?
This too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever, be it good or bad. Take comfort knowing that the universe will always take care of you, and never give you more than you can handle.
If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?
That’s a very difficult question. I suppose I’d perform my song “Cry” since it’s already made some waves, especially in the dance community thanks to Lifetime’s “Dance Moms”…or perhaps I haven’t written that song just yet, haha…
Just for fun … fill in the blanks!
Without music, I would be lost.
Music is reason for living.
My heroes are my mother and father.
Life is hard, and not always fair. But it can also be incredibly fun!
How are you rocking your voice for good?
I’d like to think that most all my music sends a positive message. It’s probing and introspective, and it encourages listeners to pick themselves up from their bootstraps and carry on. As a person, I’m very strong willed and motivated, and I always strive to be the best I can be. I hope I can influence others to do the same. You should love yourself for who you are, have self respect, and be willing to work hard for the things that you want. Never wait to be great. Start now.