Alexandra Kay: Get To Know Country Music's Newest Leading Lady

Alexandra Kay transplanted me back to my childhood when I first heard her music. Her silky smooth twang, brings me back to the bedroom dance parties of my youth. The Illinois native has busted onto the country music scene thanks to her ever growing presence on Tik Tok! It is no surprise that people love Alexandra, her warm tones and relatable lyrics remind listeners of the traditional roots of country. I love her because she is fiercely connected to the storytelling of country, Alexandra is a force in the country music scene. And the numbers don't lie. With over 2.2 million Tik Tok fans and her streaming numbers growing leaps and bounds every day, I can say without a doubt that Alexandra Kay is a country music train that isn't stopping anytime soon.

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You have such a timeless voice! Who were some of your early country music influences?

Growing up, Leann Rimes inspired me a lot. I have to also say Dolly Parton of course. Other voices would be lik Faith Hill and Martina McBride. I am really influenced by the nineties era of country! since When I was growing up and that's all my parents listened to. It was country radio in the nineties that was a huge influence for me!

I've done a few Leann Rimes covers. “How Do I Live” is one of my favorites! I also love her song “Blue.” I tried the yodels so many times I haven't mastered it yet.

What did those early songwriting years look like? What inspired you to write country songs?

I really started writing songs back when I was about 14 or 15. I was really using it as a tool to navigate through all of these new feelings. My first heartbreak for example. I had just moved to a public school from a Catholic school. I really wondered “where do I fit in?” I'm trying to make friends and falling in love for the first time.

I've always been a very emotional person ever since I was a kid. I always say that over feel everything. Writing was my outlet and I've always good at creative writing. I won a contest when I was a kid. I would journal a lot and then those turned into poems. Then I started hearing melodies to those poems and I completely fell into songwriting organically. But it saved my life for sure.

Taylor swift got me through some of the hardest times in my life. Taylor gave me a lot of moments of, "oh my God, is she talking directly to me? How does she know exactly what I'm going through?” But she also made it broad enough to where we could all feel like it was our specific situation. I always keep that in mind when I'm writing, because that’s such a special feeling.

What advice would you have for someone looking to make their big break in country?

I would absolutely say get on social media and start, start sharing your art with people! That is the first step. If you're not ready to be out in front of a crowd and start playing live yet, you can post videos. In those videos you can make as many mistakes as you want. There's never going to be a right time. You're never going to always be completely ready, just start sharing it with people.

Don't listen to the negativity. Don't listen to the negative comments. For me I think that the more the negative comments come in means you're reaching a broader audience of people. I'm reaching new people, not everybody's going to like you and that’s ok!

What has your experience been like with Tik Tok! I know you know have over 2.2 Million followers!

Keep in mind, no one starts with followers. Everybody started with zero followers at one point. I was was very new and coming on to Tik Tok. I had a large following on Facebook and I had been viral there for a couple of years. However Tik Tok was a whole new beast that I had to learn all over.

I just started posting and posting and posting and posting until my video started to get seen by people. All of the little things like the coffee covers got popular! I fell into that completely

organically. I was making my coffee one morning, and I had the radio playing. I started singing and I was like “let's press record.” Now that has lead to me singing and having coffee with some of my idols.

You just need to try everything. Don't be afraid to share who you are with people. Like I said, you're not going to be everybody's cup of tea. It's just about being proud of who you are and sharing it with people!

What has surprised you the most about all the support and love you have been getting from the country community?

I would say the fans themselves have surprised me so much. They’re very kind and wonderful people and you know, you don't come across that all the time. I'm just so lucky to have fans that have been with me from the jump from when I was singing on the staircase in 2014 and posting videos to brand new people who follow me on Tik Tok. We're like a family. I'm very lucky to have found some wonderful people and we're on this ride together and they know that.

Why do you feel like it's so important for females to have a voice in a place in country music?

I absolutely love female voices. That's what I love, and what I like to listen to. I know that everybody has their preference, but I absolutely love to hear a story from the female's perspective. I think it gives it gives the song a tenderness that it doesn't necessarily get from a male's perspective.

I think that everybody deserves a chance in country music regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of race, I feel like everybody has a place. I'm just really happy to see a lot of females that I absolutely adore in country music, really getting to shine lately. I just feel very blessed to be in the season of where country music is going. I hope to add to that.

What has been your proudest moment of your career so far?

I know that this just happened a few days ago, but it was probably the coolest thing in the entire world. My proudest moment was to hear Tim McGraw say that I deserve a record deal!

I have to say it was a very weird time for me to get the call because I was at Whiskey Jam at the time! I'm a massive Jordan Davis fan. I'm also a huge fan of Priscilla Block. I was there with my publicist Jentry Davis. We were in a group of people that were with Priscilla and Jordan's label. I got the text message on my phone and we just screamed. All of these important like label heads, just look at us what are you guys doing up here?

I actually walked out of Whiskey Jam to take it in for a moment, like by myself and be like, this really happened. Im keeping my fingers crossed that Tim and I can connect!

Talk to me about your new single “Tall Boys”! Why is now the best time for it to have life?

Honestly, I feel like it was the perfect time to put out that kind of song. “Tall Boys” Is my first party song. It is really carefree, it's light and it's airy. It the kind of song you can say “let’s kick back and drink some beers together”

I felt like it was a great song to have right before we put on this independent tour. I wrote the song for the In Real Life Tour. I’m on with Thomas Mack and Cooper Allen, two of my very good friends

I think it's just so cool to watch a song that I wrote for a live performance blow up on Tik Tok! I only teased part of the song. But to watch everybody scream it back to me every single night, its the best feeling. when it's not even out is the coolest feeling in the world.

How do you define country music?

Country music is honesty. It's comes from the heart. It's absolutely 100% genuine and real. That's what country music is to me. That's why I fell in love with country music. That's why in the middle of my show, I tell a lot of stories. I'm kind of the person that says, well, I wrote this song about this and that. I fell in love with country music because of the storytelling. I like to integrate that into my shows and no matter what. I’m going to try to make sure that I continue to be as real and honest in my music and in my songwriting. I’m going to keep telling stories because that's why I fell in love with the genre. That's why I chose country music.

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