Growing up on a steady drip of Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson, Alexis Lynn certainly had all the right study materials for an aspiring pop star. “Some of my earliest memories are listening to music with my family, singing along to the car radio, and learning to play guitar with my dad,” says the 21-year-old Indigenous artist from Surrey, BC. “So, I don’t think it was much of a surprise to my parents when I told them I wanted to be a singer when I grew up.”
Still, they may have been a little surprised by how rapidly Lynn’s career took off. Since dropping her debut EP Things Get Good last year, the momentum hasn’t let up: she was a Top 100 2020 CBC Searchlight finalist and been racking up the streams (112.7K on Spotify this year) by continually dropping loosies. Her latest hit “Bubble” (which is not about the pandemic, believe it or not) is a delicate, twinkling track that possesses the kind of poise the Arianas of the world don’t typically develop til they’re a couple albums in.
What’s the biggest thing you learned about yourself this year?
That’s a tough one. I think I learned how to take a step back and give myself a break when needed. In “normal”, pre-COVID life, I think it can be easy to get swept up in the “hustle” of everything and forget to take care of yourself. As odd as it sounds, the time off from COVID gave me a much-needed break and a chance to take care of myself. I also had time to learn about other hobbies I’m interested in! I had more time to paint, read, and create digital art. I also learned how self-sufficient I can be! Without being able to have sessions in person, perform in person, or shoot music videos with a team, I had to face a lot of learning curves to figure out how to do it all from home and mostly by myself!
Fill in the blank: the Canadian music industry needs more____.
Women! There are SO many incredible women who are artists, producers, A&Rs, managers, etc. I’d love to see more of them showcased! I’d especially love to see and work with more women who are producers. So if you know any, send them my way!!
Tell me about one of the songs you're proudest of and the story behind it.
That’s another tough one! I’m proud of all of them, but I’m really proud of my Christmas song, “Christmas Cards”. When I went to write a Christmas song, I had a lot of mixed feelings because I know not everyone experiences the holidays the same way. Whether that’s due to privilege, or lack thereof, family situations, or missing loved ones, I think it’s important to remember that and show compassion to everyone. I’m the first to admit that I LOVE the holiday season, but it became so apparent to me how easy it can be to get swept up in the commercial aspect of it, and not everyone has the privilege to do that. Not everyone can push their problems aside to relish in the joy of the season, when their hardships affect them daily. So I wanted to touch on how the world doesn’t stop spinning and people’s problems don’t magically disappear just because it’s Christmas, all in one song. Which was a challenge because it’s a lot to say! But, I’m very proud of how the song turned out and I think myself and my co-writer, Brandon Rogers, got the message across perfectly.
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