Lexi Jayde Debuts Music with a Classic Cover of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

By Paula Araujo

Earlier this week, up and coming star Lexi Jayde released her first ever music track.  Not only is it a cover of a Christmas classic, featured on the track and music video is Emery T. Kelly of  Forever In Your Mind. Their voices are warm and suave making it a great new addition to holiday playlists!

We chatted with Lexi about her career, what she’s passionate about, and much more!

Hello, Lexi! How excited are you for this holiday season? What is your favorite thing about it and what are you most looking forward to?
I am SO excited for this Holiday season. I love the way my house feels all warm and cozy. I know it sounds cliche but I seriously love drinking hot cocoa by the fire and watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas music. I also can’t get enough of Christmas lights!

How did the concept to cover “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” come about?

The idea came from the movie Elf and the shower scene where Zooey [Deschanel] and Will [Ferrell] are singing this song! I really have loved “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” since I can remember. It’s one of those songs that everyone loves, so I just knew I wanted to bring this timeless classic to my generation.


What was it like creating the music video for it and working alongside Emery Kelly?
It was a magical experience! We did it from beginning to end in three weeks, so let’s just say the stars aligned for this project. We attached the amazing Nayip Ramos as our director and he helped us get Emery. Having Emery with his crooner style ended up being the icing on the cake.

Do you have any other favorite holiday tunes?
Besides this song, I love Justin Bieber’s Christmas CD, “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Let It Snow.”

What songs/albums have you been listening to lately?
I’m listening to the ANTI Album,  Kehlani, Post Malone, SZA and I am obsessed with the songs “Havana” and “New Rules.”


What are you most looking forward to in the new year?  
Everything! I have so much coming up in 2018. 

What can fans expect in the upcoming year?
Now that I am finished with this cover they can expect some original music and I am also going to refocus on my acting again.  

You work closely with anti-bullying organizations and “Breathe for Caley”, an organization dedicated to the control and cure of Cystic Fibrosis. How did you get started with these causes and what do they mean to you?

Breathe for Caley is close to my heart because I was very close with Caley when we lost her. Caley had such a kind heart and even though she was going through things that no child should ever have to go through,  she always had a smile on her face. That girl inspired me to never give up, to stay strong, and to fight. I am proud to have known her, and I will never stop supporting charities that support finding a cure for the horrible disease that took that angels life.

What can you advise to others who want to get involved in causes they’re passionate about?
Do your research and look up events that are close by. Remember to trust your gut and the right one will stick out.

You’ve begun vlogging! Anyone in particular who inspired you to do so?
Actually one of my best friends Jessica Spohr, who by the way is an Amazing photographer, inspired me to get my life on camera. We laugh all the time and I wanted to share that.

You sing, model, act, and much more! What is the most challenging aspect of your career?
I love doing all three and all three have their separate challenges. With singing, you have to work on it everyday just like practicing an instrument. With acting, the biggest challenge can be getting the part and with modeling, the challenge can be turning down all those tempting treats!

Are you more passionate about singing or acting?
I am passionate about both but acting is my first love. My goal is to be like Hailee Steinfeld and mix the singing in with the acting.  

What does a typical week/day look like?
It’s usually very busy because I am still in public school. I go to school from 8am to 12pm and then I am tutored for two more courses online. After that, I work out, have acting and vocal lessons and am either filming, shooting or in the studio recording. It’s kind of crazy but I love it! Any free time I have goes to my friends!  

What is your earliest memory involving music?
I have been doing Musical Theater since I was six but my first memory of music was singing my own songs that I was making up! 
 
When did you know you wanted to make a career out of this? 
Since I can remember. I started as a junior reporter for Hollywood Teenzine and my first interview was with Mitchell Musso. It was such a blast meeting stars and hearing about their dreams and life stories. Everyone I interviewed inspired me in so many different ways. Seeing people chasing their dreams and sharing how happy they were really influenced me to follow my own dreams and reach for the stars. Funny Story, I told my mom and dad when I was ten that I wanted to be on the other side of the rope, that I wanted to walk the red carpet and be interviewed not interviewing.  They both laughed and it all began. I guess that is when I knew.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Believe in yourself and everyone else will. Do not let other peoples opinions validate who you are! I can’t remember who said it but it was probably my mom or dad.

What advice would you give to others wanting to follow their dreams in the entertainment industry?
Go for it!!  Do not give up or let someone else determine your worth or your destiny! If this is what you want than just go for it!

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Makena Gets Real with new single “Run Away”

By Paula Araujo

A Colorado native with a voice slightly reminiscent to Zooey Deschanel but with a modern twist when it comes to delivery, lyrics, and composition makes Makena an artist to watch. Makena’s brand new single “Run Away” is a refreshingly honest tale from a rarely told narrative as someone who is unable to give back the love they’ve received. The subtle upbeat track helps cover up the dark undertones of the lyrics. In the chorus, Makena is pleading you to “run away” from her now. Luckily, this new track is so good,  listehners certainly won’t be running away.

Read on as we discuss music, influences and career goals with Makena.

What was the process like creating your latest single “Run Away?”
So I wrote Run Away about a year ago, and it was one of those songs that just came to me. I wrote it in a night. The lyrics and melody sort of poured out of me. It wasn’t over thought and that’s what I love about it.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as an alt/pop or synth/pop genre, with a good balance of hard and soft. My lyrics tend to be more dark, angry or sad, and I really focused on making the music more up beat and happy sounding. My aesthetic for this recent project was to create a good balance between that.

Do you have any favorite lyrics that you’ve written?
So I feel like my favorite lyrics are always from the most recent song I’ve written. I wrote this song called “Lines” and I absolutely love the chorus.

“The boy behind the beats Has me tangled in his sheets,
And he’s lying through his teeth, as he’s kissing on my cheek

Addicted to his eyes, as he lies between my thighs
But if he is doing lines, why am I the one that’s high?”

What have you discovered about yourself throughout the process of creating new music?
I think over time, I’ve really learned how to make music that represents me and the experiences in my life. I used to only write about my friends relationships, but I wasn’t ready to open up about my own troubles and write about them. But through creating new music, I’ve become more vulnerable.

What is your favorite aspect of creating or working on a new piece/project?
So I usually write the songs myself, on a piano and guitar, and then bring it to a producer. My favorite part is seeing the songs transform from just an instrument/vocal into a completely produced song. I also love collaborating with other artist and producers.

Where do you draw inspiration from? Which artists inspire you?
I draw inspiration a lot for experiences in my life, or the people in my life. I think it’s the most honest and raw material that I can write about, and it’s usually not forced.

I have so many inspiration, Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco, is by far one of my biggest inspiration. I love the music he creates, and he has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard. I also love Halsey, she’s created an amazing brand for herself, and she writes some the most bad ass lyrics out there. One of my other main inspirations is Sia, she has such an unique sound and she’s one of the most incredible songwriters in the industry right now.

What has been the most challenging thing so far?
For me the most challenging thing is comparing myself to others, and dealing with people that don’t believe what I’m doing is a smart career move. Self doubt, is definitely the hardest thing to overcome, and when people are trying to push you down, it’s even harder to bring yourself back up from that. But when you surround yourself with people that do believe in you, and support you it makes it a lot easier.

What has been the most rewarding thing so far?
I think the most rewarding thing, is when I get messages, tweets or people reach out to me and tell me how much a song of mine helped them, or inspired them to do music.

What are your long term and short term goals?
My long term goal is to play Red Rocks as a headliner. I grew up 15 minutes away from there, and I’ve seen some of the most incredible shows, so I would love the opportunity to play!

My short terms goals as of now, it to keep writing and creating new music, and also to start opening for local band and touring acts in the Denver area, and hopefully move to LA next year!  

What do you want people to take away from your music?
I want people to related to the music, and feel like they aren’t alone. I also want people to be inspired to follow their dreams, whether is music or not.

What is your advice for other artists out there? What was the best advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I was given is to never give up, and to keep going even when it gets hard. I would completely offer this to any other artists, because the music industry is hard and tough, but if you keep going you’ll always have a chance at success.

When was the moment you knew you wanted to do this for a living? Do you recall your earliest memory involving music?
I feel like there isn’t a distinct moment I decided I wanted to do music. I feel like it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. But the earliest memory I have performing was when I was 4 years old, I was singing Karaoke  to Britney Spears at a local restaurant in Lakewood.

What was the first concert you went to?
Britney Spears

What are the last 5 songs you listened to?

  1.     Golden Dandelions – Barns Courtney
  2.     Gorgeous – Taylor Swift
  3.     Bellyache – Billie Eilish  
  4.     Make It Up To You – Julia Michaels
  5.     Bad at Love – Halsey

Any particular album you’ve been loving recently?
Yeah, Julia Michael’s “Nervous System”, it’s such an amazing pop album.

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Laura Brehm’s Eclectic Journey with Music

By Paula Araujo

Incase you missed it the first time around, Laura Brehm is coming back at you now with a complete remix of her latest EP, “Breathe”. Back in June, she released the EP with the record focusing on a more mellow and acoustic sound. This time, she’s crossed territories into the EDM world. As a fan of the genre herself, this combo doesn’t strike her as new at all. Her name may have come across your radar before if you’re an avid listener of EDM. Currently, Laura has over 30 collaborations with artists in that realm.

Laura is remarkably accomplished as a singer, songwriter, collaborator, owner of her own label, Electric Bird Records and now producer. There is a distinct passion that radiates throughout her music. Whether she takes it slow or takes us through an eclectic journey of sounds, Laura successfully combines both genres in a way that makes you want to hear more.

Read on as we talk with Laura about her musical journey, creative blocks, and what’s to come.

How would you describe yourself and your music?
It’s hard to describe yourself, I may have to ask a best friend or a family member to do that haha. My music is a blend of folk, pop, alternative, and electronic. I’m always experimenting though. I like to think that my music has a dreamy element to it; at least that’s what I’m going for when I create!

Any particular EDM/folk artists that inspire you?
There are so many! Ellie Goulding would probably be my #1 influence when it comes to combining folky elements with EDM. Some of my favorite EDM artists include Royksopp, Zedd, Flume, and Excision. For folk, I love Sarah Jarosz, Trampled By Turtles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan to name a few.

Do you truly feel you have discovered your sound?
At this moment in time, yes! I feel like everything I’ve done in the past with music has led me to the sound I have today. All the way back to when I learned classical music on the piano as a child, to the early indie/pop songs I did as a teenager, and from every single collaboration I’ve done within EDM, I’ve learned and evolved. My current sound resonates with my personality, my vibe, everything really! I’m sure it will continue to develop over time, but I’ll just go with the flow and make what sounds right in the moment. The combination of folk + EDM in general I think is here to stay for me though. I may just end up bringing more and more elements into that.

Do you have any favorite lyrics that you’ve written?
Some of my favorite lyrics I’ve written can be found in the song “Awake & Dreaming”, the first track on the ‘Breathe’ EP. I especially like the line “I will chase what is beyond, I will find myself where I am taken, for I’ll be there for a reason”. This really reflects the way I see my life intertwined with my music career. I write based off experiences in my life, all the while I’m following my dream of being a musician, and music then takes me to places in my life that lead me to new experiences and people, continuing the cycle. It’s also about believing that everything happens for a reason, and a reminder to keep your eye on the goal but to enjoy the journey and see what unexpected places it may lead you to as well.


What have you discovered about yourself throughout the process of creating new music?

It’s hard to say because creating music is so integral to who I am and I’ve been playing music since before I can remember. I guess it’s just been a major role in my life and in my self discovery throughout, which I am incredibly grateful for. I honestly don’t know who I would be without it.

What is your favorite aspect of creating or working on a new piece/project?
That it’s an opportunity and a challenge to bring a meaningful piece of music to the world that has never been heard. That it’s an opportunity for growth, and many times, healing.

You recently wrote a piece about the most important thing you’ve learned. How has not trying to control your creativity worked out for you since this discovery?
Indeed, thanks for reading that! It has worked out for me in many ways. First of all, I’m less stressed when it comes to completing projects. That’s very important I think, because when you’re having fun in the process of making music, it really shines through in the final result. It’s also led me to writing songs I never could have even imagined; they happened because I was able to let go and allow the creativity to work it’s magic.

You mentioned that “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of your favorites. Any other favorite authors or books?
I read a lot of non-fiction books about psychology; it’s a subject that will never cease to fascinate me. One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Paulo Coelho, because his books transport me to other worlds and expand my perspective. I lose track of time while reading his books, and that’s always a good thing!

What are you most proud of so far with your career?
I’m most proud of all of the collaborations I’ve done with producers and artists from all over the world. When I was younger I never imagined the industry would be the way it is today, with the accessibility and connectivity that’s available. And because of this, I’m also proud of the range of styles that makes up my catalog, it’s filled with so many different ones!

What is your workflow like? What does a typical day/week look like?
A typical work day will include healthy eating, exercise, meditation, and other healthy habits that help to put me in the right mindset for being creative as well as feeling I have enough energy. There are tasks I do each day that are upkeep for my career; promoting on social media, talking with my management and PR team, checking emails, assessing my goals, vocal exercises, practicing piano, and the list goes on and on. There is no end to all of the things you can do to become a better musician, and to be prepared for all aspects of this career. Another huge aspect is learning. Not only learning more about music itself, but about the business aspects of the industry. Most of the time though is spent writing, experimenting, recording, and completing projects.

What has been the most challenging thing so far?
The most challenging thing as an EDM vocalist has been writing consistently catchy songs that fit just right with the instrumentals that are sent to me. Most of the tracks are released on their own as singles, so the track has to really be strong on its own; you don’t have other songs within an EP or album to balance it out. It can be really hard to write so many catchy songs without it starting to sound cheesy.

What has been the most rewarding thing so far?
Getting messages or comments from fans saying that my music has inspired or helped them in some way has definitely been the most rewarding aspect. That makes all of the struggles worth it.

What has been your favorite thing about the journey so far?
Meeting people through music who have become life long friends.

What are your long term and short term goals?
There are a lot, so I’ll just state a couple of them. In the short term, I want to start learning more about production so that I can release more tracks that are done 100% on my own, and I want to make some developments to my YouTube channel such as adding videos of live performances. In the long term, I want to tour the world with a full set that includes both electronic and acoustic elements, and develop my label, Electric Bird Records, into the vision I have for it.

What do you want people to take away from your music?
A feeling of awe, inspiration, and a sense of calm.

What is your advice for other artists out there? What was the best advice you’ve been given?
My advice would be to embrace your individuality. If you try to emulate another artist, it’s not going to work out too well. There’s so much music out there, and while it’s easier than ever to put your music online, it’s also harder than ever to break through all that noise. I would say just don’t be afraid, give it your all, and be yourself! The best advice I’ve been given would come down to that same idea. I’ve struggled a lot with anxiety and perfectionism in the past, and getting over those hurdles have been immensely relieving and helpful.

Where do you draw inspiration from? Which artists inspire you?
I draw inspiration from anything and everything, from love, to loss, to good times, bad times, and everything in between. Other forms of art, nature, and of course other music inspires me too. My main inspirations are The Beatles, Radiohead, Ellie Goulding, Imogen Heap, and Royksopp, and there are countless of other musicians that continue to inspire and surprise me every day, including the artists and producers that I work with.

When was the moment you knew you wanted to do this for a living? Do you recall your earliest memory involving music?
When I heard Imogen Heap’s album ‘Speak For Yourself’ around age 16, I knew I wanted to be an artist for a living. Her music inspired me on an entirely new level, and I have been motivated enough to keep pursuing it ever since. I always knew I wanted to be a musician though, whatever role it might have played in my life. My earliest memory of music involves sitting at the piano with my Dad and playing little melodies up high along to what he was playing.

What are the last 5 songs you listened to?
“Heavenfaced” by The National, “Hopeless Romantic” by Michelle Branch, “LOVE.” by Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari, “Crime” by Grey & Skott, and “Scope” by Mssingno.

Any particular album you’ve been loving recently?
One of my favorite bands, The National, just came out with a new album called ‘Sleep Well Beast’. It incorporates a bit of electronic production within their classic sounding, melancholy rock. I find something about the lead singer’s voice intriguing as well. It’s so dark and lovely!

What’s in store for the future?
Who knows what the future holds! What I hope for is to continue on this journey with making music as my career and to be happy.

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