Alexandra Lillian Evans, known professionally by her first and middle name, is a 24-year-old 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, and her energy, extroverted nature, radiance, and determinism still prevail today. Alexandra pursued musical theatre for seven years, stopping her freshman year of high school. By then, she was about a year into guitar lessons and voice training. She was raised on 1970s and 80s classic rock and pop became her focus in pre-teen and teenage years. She still has a deep appreciation for both genres today and integrates them into her country sound.
While she would not focus on country music until beginning her own projects, Alexandra's introduction 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. The main aspect of country music that speaks to Alexandra is storytelling.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.
Alexandra moved from her native San Francisco 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. As of August 2020, the song has over 1200 radio airplays.
Alexandra's debut EP, “Aesthetics,” was released in September 2019 and her debut album, "Just Drive," in August 2020. She has gigged around the greater Boston area with her seven-piece 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.