When thinking of New Orleans music, country is not at the top of the list. However, 18 year-old New Orleans native, Alexes Aiken, has created a style all her own - blending the blues that New Orleans is famous for with her gutsy country vibe. She has won many accolades nationally in songwriting contests and singing competitions for her original lyrics and melodies and her unique bluesy voice and performance style.
In fact, Alexes’ Nashville based producer for her self-titled debut CD, Jonell Polansky, said, "Alexes could rival any Nashville newcomer especially since she is born and raised in New Orleans but sings like she was born on The Opry stage." A local country radio personality said, “Alexes is the little girl with the big voice from New Orleans.”
Alexes is a singer, songwriter, and musician. She and her New Orleans based band provide high energy music that has that country “arena rock” sound. "Entertaining and connecting with the audience at every show is my main goal,” she says. “It's important for the audience to feel like they are a part of my shows, whether that is bonding through a heartbreaking song or dancing with me on stage. I crave that one-on-one, real connection with my fans and making a long-lasting impression."
Alexes’ originals on her debut CD include “Country Boy”, “Best in Me”, “Note on the Mirror”, and “Wake Up and See Reality”. "My music is my diary. When fans listen to my music, they are listening to the raw version of who I am as an artist,” she explains. Alexes’ re-mixed version of "I Want It All" by Queen could well become a new youth anthem. Her re-mix of "These Boots are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra celebrates the original song's 45th anniversary.
Alexes has entertained her fans at numerous venues in New Orleans such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Gretna Heritage Festival, Howlin' Wolf, Southport Hall, the Cutting Edge Music Opening Event, Café Istanbul, the Neutral Ground, and the Louisiana Music Factory – to name a few.
She has also performed at the Flood City Music Festival in Pennsylvania, the TCGMA and GCGMA Awards Show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and on the main stage at the Nashville Palace.
"New Orleans shaped me into the artist that I want to be. Rock and blues have always inspired me musically, and I fuse those genres with country to create my gutsy vocal sound and songwriting style," she says.
Alexes is a member of the Country Music Association (CMA) and Nashville Songwriters Association International. She is working on her second EP that will be released in 2015.