Embodying art as an emotional medium, LA-based singer-songwriter LEX overcomes fear by emphasizing the universalness of her internal struggles through her two most recent releases. Put out earlier this spring, “Blueberry,” a soulful piano-based ballad offers personal insight into the consequences of being in a relationship without self-love. It’s an introduction to LEX’s newfound voice, bringing confident transparency to our ears and blessing us with her exceptionally powerful vocals.

Then, her most recent release, “Stand Up,” offers understanding encouragement through an impassioned voice. Creating an atmosphere with a smooth beat, large choir, and gentle sax, this lavish and layered track speaks to the masses and points to the importance of persistence during tough times.

Establishing her confident voice through gorgeous arrangements, we can’t wait for LEX’s third single this summer! We met with LEX to hear about her musical journey so far.

Get to know her below:

Hey LEX, hope you’re doing well during these unprecedented times. Thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you a little better!

First off, we’d love to hear where you’re at now – are you quarantining? If so, what have you been up to while stuck inside?

So I’ve been quarantining in Los Angeles, CA. I’m in my apartment on the east side, doing as much as I possibly can be doing at a time like this. Trying not to get cabin fever, I’ve been keeping busy with reading, writing, and working on my new album! 

What’s something people don’t know about you? 

That’s hard to say because I really like to think of myself as an open book. But I think maybe people might not know that I went to school for vocal performance and that I’m actually operatically trained! I’m also big into musical theater and am currently writing a musical myself.

When did you first get interested in music? Have you always written?

From childhood, I was always around music. Growing up I took piano lessons, and had a love of music, which was largely due in part to my dad– he had perfect pitch and loved all things classic rock. And I was always involved in theater groups and A Cappella too. I started writing my own songs late in high school and all throughout college. College is where my creativity as a singer/songwriter really started to take off and I just got better and better at it. 

In just a few words, how would you describe your music?

Over the years my music has really evolved. Where I started off compared to where I am now has changed dramatically. Today, my music is really soulful and true. I pride myself on being very honest. I’ve also recently started exploring funk and jazz too! So I don’t like to put a genre constraint on my music… it’s whatever I want to create! 

In your passionate single, “Blueberry”, you speak on an internal struggle with love. What made you decide on the title “Blueberry” for the piece?

So there is a meaning behind the title… but I think I’d like to keep that to myself.

What’s the story behind your other new release, “Stand Up”? Its meaning is very relevant to the social movements going on, was this planned?

It was always part of my plan to release it as one of the 3 singles! However, I wasn’t planning on releasing it as early as I did. That being said, I chose to release it early because of what’s been happening in our nation.
 “Stand Up” is about never giving up and fighting for what you want, no matter how many times you have to try and fail. Releasing it during the BLM movement gave the song a whole new meaning. I wanted people to listen to it and to know that they’re not alone, to fight for justice and truth, and keep their hope alive that tomorrow might be a better day. That this fight for justice and equality might give way to a brighter and better future.
As a musician, I believe that it’s important to use one’s voice as much as possible.  I choose to express my ideals, and voice positivity through my music. “Stand Up” is a reflection of that.

Who or what are your biggest musical influences?

I listened to a lot of classic rock growing up, Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, etc. Lyrically, I relate a lot to those artists. Some more recent musical influences are probably Yebba, Leon, Bridges, Hozier, Doja Cat! 

Who would be your dream to collaborate with?

I would kill to collaborate with Leon Bridges. His music is very timeless and his voice is so stunning. Mark Ronson I would also love to collab with, and Elton John too. So many honestly. Too many. 

Any near-future plans? Songs dropping or other things to look out for?

YES! “Blueberry” and “Stand Up” are two of three singles that are going to be released in the next couple of months! And then to follow will be my full album! So my next single should drop sometime in June so be on the lookout for that. 

I am also working on another separate project with a very talented producer Dylan Buzz Gold that I’m very excited about as well. So I hope everyone likes a funky vibe! 

What are you listening to right now?

The New Abnormal, new Strokes album, and the album Color Theory by Soccer Mommy.

Make sure to listen to LEX’s music and follow her to stay informed on new releases!