We recently caught up with Richmond-bred soul singer Alexis Nicole just following the release of her Daybreak EP. The songstress has a performance coming up in Atlanta December 14 and will also be dropping a visual project for her latest release Daybreak January 27. Check out RnBxHipHop’s conversation with the former college hoopster turned RnB siren.
- So tell me a little about how your career began. What inspired you to begin making music?
I’ve always loved music. Even as a kid, I had an interesting ear in what I chose to listen to in comparison to a lot of other kids my age. But, initially I was an athlete who was very injury prone and as a result chose to go with what my heart desired to do, and that was music. I studied it and I moved down to Atlanta and things have been going well. I think this makes 10 years in the game for me now.
- Are there any artists that were influential to your career?
Of course! Whitney Houston is my all-time favorite. I listen to a lot of Faith Evans, Kelly Price, and Deborah Cox, along with Xscape and Brandy. Even at a young age I was into classic R&B and soul music rather than a lot of the more trendy stuff. I spent a lot of time with the ‘belters’,the women who pack a lot of power with their voices, and that’s what I gravitated towards.
- How would you describe the music scene in your hometown of Richmond,VA currently?
Richmond is an oxymoron because we are so very dope, but yet so all over the place, The problem is in Richmond we don’t have our own anything, when other cities have their own football team, basketball team etc. That holds true for Richmond in the music industry as well. You have some people that gravitate towards the southern aspect, east coast style music, or DC-DMV culture, while others lean towards that Philly, NY type of vibe. Everybody has their own thing. Everybody who has come out of Virginia and has become a household name has their own sound, from Timbaland and Missy Elliott down to Pharrell and Chris Brown.
- What was the creative process like for your recently released Daybreak EP?
I didn’t force it, I kind of just sat down and let the music come out. Then from there I created visuals based on the mood of each record and how it spoke to me at that time. So it really wasn’t a process honestly. But Daybreak as an entire project is a release, an awakening, it is a daybreak for me. I hope that it speaks to other people, especially to other women in that same frame. It’s an emotional piece, but it takes you through the entire wave of emotions. And I think it’s fun.
- Are there any artists that you’d like to work with in the industry?
Everybody who has made it to that national platform is crazy dope. But, of course, I would love to work with Brandy. Brandy has been phenomenal for years, I definitely respect her art and her talent. Her gift is crazy. I like Bryson Tiller, I think he has a really cool vibe. Also, there’s this artist that I stumbled across the other day by the name of Kiara I believe, and she’s crazy dope. I think she’s from the Netherlands or somewhere really cool like that. I’m into working with anybody that has a dope vibe and a dope sound, I don’t really put people on pedestals or count anybody out. If you’re a creative in any type of way and you’re dope I’m all about it, let’s work.
- Is there any advice you’d like to give to any aspiring artists looking to make it in the industry?
Always be yourself and enjoy the process. Things aren’t always as easy as you’d like them to be and that’s in life in general. You have to learn everything takes time and you have to put the time in no matter what that is. Keep Dope Alive!
Check out the cinematic video for Alexis’ single “All Night” from her Daybreak EP below and also keep up with the latest news from the soul singer on her social media.
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