Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic Guitarist
Alexandra Lillian Evans, known professionally by her first and middle name, is a San Francisco-born, Boston-based singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from 20th and 21st-century pop country and country rock music.
Despite the absence of music history in both her maternal and paternal bloodlines (excluding her paternal great-grandmother Lillian, who was a blues singer), Alexandra's loved ones encouraged her to start performing so she could channel her energy levels and extroverted personality in environments for which they were best suited. Her first performance memory is a ballet recital when she was three years old; she loved it so much, she refused to get off the stage after the curtains closed. Her mother eventually lured her off, though her energy, extroverted nature, radiance, and determinism still prevail today.
Alexandra pursued musical theatre for seven years, until her freshman year of high school. By then, she was about a year into guitar lessons and voice training. Throughout high school, playing and singing pop covers was her passion, but her introduction to country music traces back to Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album followed by "Fearless," to which she remembers dancing and acting out the lyrics in her sixth grade best friend's bedroom. Around the same time, Carrie Underwood's early hits such as "Before He Cheats," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," and "All-American Girl" topped her iPod's "most played" song list.
Taylor and Carrie still remain at the root of her inspiration, though she would later learn about (and dearly appreciate) some 20th-century "women of country" who paved the way for succeeding generations: Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, and Shania Twain. It only took hearing one song from each woman for Alexandra to become hooked and motivated to explore their histories. The main aspect of country music that speaks to her is the openness when sharing feelings and telling stories. Her goal is to do the same.
Alexandra moved to Boston in August 2018 and felt ("wicked") inspired by the music scene. Her songwriting journey began in late April 2019. She took her first two originals, "Arizona Boy" and "Once a Babe" to Bristol Studios, catching producers' attention. Alexandra recorded both songs in May of that year and they were released on all streaming platforms as singles in June. Since the release, “Arizona Boy” has been aired on radio stations and garnered listeners in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Mauritius, Russia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia. Within one week of the initial airing, the song was ranked 4 or more stars out of 6 by several disc jockeys worldwide. The French station FACE2RADIO alone has aired the song over 50 times to date.
Alexandra's debut EP, “Aesthetics,” was released in September 2019 and features new originals “Smoke Show,” (released as a third single in August) “Adhesive,” and “She Won,” available on all music streaming platforms and in CD format.
More determined than ever, Alexandra is currently working on her debut full-length album, "Just Drive," which is set for a May 2020 release. She gigs around the greater Boston area with her band, The Backroad Clique, and plans to travel nationally and internationally to promote her work and inspire listeners who have streamed her music across the U.S. and worldwide.
"This is just the beginning," she says.