I was watching a web series by Issa Rae Presents when I caught a tune accompanying one of the scenes. I fell immediately in love with the charming tune so hard, I had to purchase music by the artist who’s been on the independent scene for some time.
Her name is Alex Isley and I am forever a fan!
Alex Isley discovered her love of music and passion for performing at an early age. She takes great pride in the influence and legacy of her family’s music; her father, Ernie Isley, and her uncles are collectively the Isley Brothers. From living room shows to elementary school talent shows, she began to cultivate her passion into a career as a musician.
She started classical vocal training at the age of 12 and later went on to attend the LA County High School for the Arts, where she discovered her love for not only listening to, but for performing jazz as well.
Singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Elling made an immense impression on her and her approach to performing, which she incorporated in her performances as a Jazz Studies major at UCLA. During her college years, Alex began songwriting, drawing from her own life experiences as well as those of friends and family. She wrote most of what would later become her first self-written and produced debut EP, “The Love/Art Memoirs,” which she released in Spring, 2012. The EP’s single, “Set In Stone,” was featured in the film “The Last Fall,” which debuted on BET and is currently airing on Netflix.
In August 2013, she released her second self-written and produced project, “DreamsInAnalog,”, which has been well-received around the world. Aside from her own music, she has more recently collaborated with those of different sound aesthetics including:Brandon Williams and Moonchild (On Williams’ “Leave Love Be”), Scarface (“Mental Exorcism”), and Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy Award-Winning, “These Walls”.
Alex’s third and most-recent self-written & produced collective,
L U X U R Y, is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. She is currently working on several visuals as well as planning to take to the stage nationwide and beyond.
I have ‘L U X U R Y’, her latest project on repeat! Catch snippets of Luxury below!
This is her hit from her ‘Dreams In Analog’ project.
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