Rock & Soul singer-songwriter with edge, passion, and a whole lot of energy. Let’s imagine that Etta James, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and Teena Marie had a baby… her name would be Alesia XO. This soulful songstress is known for delivering powerful performances. Alesia XO has been honored to share the stage with artists like Dishwalla, John Waite, Wilson Phillips, Wang Chung, and many other regional and national talents. Embracing the weirdness in herself and all the world with joy, and some say, “reckless abandon” only helps Alesia XO write and sing with emotion and passion that is contagious.
When you listen to Alesia XO, picture her singing to you with a sparkle in her eye, a smile as big as the sky and that joyful laugh that’ll stick with you – just like her songs.
Here is Alesia XO in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
When I was a tiny person I started making up and singing my own songs, but I was too young to know how to write and I couldn’t remember the melodies either. So my mother gave me a tape recorder to sing into so I would remember the, I think I was about 5. But my professional career started at about 15 when I started singing for writers (demos) and then for publishing companies.
2) Which was your first song?
Angel Above My Bed. I wrote the lyrics to the song about 15 or so years ago. Steve Dole and I worked it into the song.
3) Which has been your most memorable live performance?
Oh, that’s tough – I think opening for Wang Chung at the Viper Room. SOOOOOOOO many people. It was the first time I got mobbed coming off stage.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
Etta James, Tom Petty, Billy Holiday, Prince, Janice Joplin, to name a few.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I mean, who knows now?? But I think I’ll just keep making music and working to place it wherever it will fit, playing live shows on my stage – Back Porch Music and streaming live. If it’s possible to play live out – then you’ll find me wherever there’s a marquis!
6) Which is your most preferred genre?
Genre is a tough subject for me… R & B was my beginning, but I love all of them. I always say I’m rock & soul, country-blues. Is that enough genres? HAHAHA
7) Tell us about your latest track.
The latest release is Runnin Outta Daylight – it was written out of an angst that I was experiencing – a sudden knowing that we aren’t gonna get time back, and what are we waiting for? I was most likely frustrated with something, which seems to be a big inspiration for me.
8) How was life in quarantine?
QUARANTINE!!!! Ahhhhhhhh! So many things…. at first it was kind of a blessing – like I was happy to have the excuse to rest. Then we started getting into nightly happy hours, and that wasn’t gonna last – LOL. Then it was sort of really an anxiety making thing – I had to put my thinking cap on to really figure out how this is gonna work? Am I still a singer if I’m not singing? You know, that kind of thing.