2015 is the third year I have attended Studio Cloud 30’s annual Red Carpet Series. The brainchild of Warren Dean Flandez and Katherine Flandez, there are four concerts over the course of one day featuring students, teachers and honoured guests. My husband and I always make the evening show and are never disappointed.
We wholeheartedly enjoy the show’s mix of professional and amateur performances, as well as seeing artists we have heard before alongside fresh offerings. This evening there was a new voice that caught my attention – Alexis Lynn.

It was hard to put together the maturity I saw in her performance with the fact she is still in high school.
She looked very relaxed while performing, as if she did this every day. I played piano for years and am still impressed when someone can play and sing at the same time – she did. Great pitch, unique voice, bang on song selection and good stage presence were all there. For her second number, renown saxophonist Eli Bennett unexpectedly joined her on stage and she didn’t miss a beat.

I almost never interview people in high school, yet here is her 8Q. It is well-deserved. I will be following this artist closely and dearly hoping she keeps me in the loop. And when her first full CD comes out I will definitely be the first in line.

8Q Spotlight Alexis Lynn

What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid ?

Currently I’m enrolled as a full time student at Clayton Heights Secondary. I have a deep passion for music and I am actively pursuing a career in the industry as a singer/song-writer.

Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?

As I usually accompany myself with piano when I sing, people often find it surprising to learn that I’ve only been playing for about three years. I used to take lessons once every other week. Even I was shocked when my mom tallied it up and told me I had only racked up about 40 hours in lesson time in two years. I think I practice so often that it feels like much more has gone into it than just those lessons alone.

What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?

  1. Alongside music, my schedule is immensely full. I play soccer in the BC Soccer Premier League, which entails practices three to four times a week, as well as games once a week.
  2. I enjoy learning and manage to maintain a 4.0 GPA in high school.
  3. When time permits, I also like to help the people in the Downtown Eastside by handing out food and clothing.

Highest moment so far?

I think this past summer has really been a milestone for me! I started off by being chosen as a top ten finalist for Ottawa Bluesfest’s competition – “She’s The One” – and was flown to Ottawa to perform. From Ottawa, I flew to L.A. to attend “VocalizeU”, a ten-day artist intensive workshop. I met award-winning industry professionals from all over the world and was honoured to be one of the very few selected out of about 200 people to perform my first original song in the closing show.

When I returned home from my trip, I performed in the finals of “The Star Experience Canada” (EveRIAthing Shaw Cable), a songwriting competition, where I went home with a double-win of “Best Song” and “Audience Favourite”! To end my summer, I was a part of Studio Cloud 30’s Red Carpet Series as an “Emerging Artist” and was stunned when during my performance of “Bennie & The Jets,” acclaimed Jazz Saxophonist Eli Bennett joined me on stage! It was a privilege to share the stage with such an accomplished musician. The summer of 2015 is going to be hard to beat!

What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?

As a result of my wins in “The Star Experience Canada,” I am in the process of producing my single “Weak”. I just finished recording it at Blue Wave Studios in Vancouver with James Buddy Rogers (who was actually one of the judges from the competition), who had so kindly offered to be in the studio with me every day and produce the single for me! The package also includes a music video production, so we will be working on that in October with Caspar Ryan Films. Both the video and the single will be released sometime in December/January, and hopefully it will be getting some air-play shortly after.

In the next 6 months, I will also be writing new music and in the studio recording.

Who and/or what inspires you?

Personally, I get really inspired when I go to concerts. I love seeing other big performers because it’s exactly where I want to be. It makes me just want to get on stage and do what they’re doing. For my original music, I get inspired to write when I feel like I need to tell someone something that I might not be able to say directly to them. It’s a huge communication tool for me; the things I can’t say, I sing. Some people that I look up to include: Elton John, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, my parents and Malala Yousafzai.

How do you personally define success?

I think there are many different levels of success and I don’t really think it ever ends. I don’t believe there’s a point where it stops, because for me, once I’ve accomplished something it’s like ok, what’s next? I always want to improve and strive for the next level of success. Right now, getting air-play for my single would be success for me… until the next thing!

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure would have to be movies. I love binge-watching Netflix whenever I can! My all time favourite movies would have to be the Harry Potter series. You could probably say I’m a little obsessed!