Big Picture Media Interview and Performance

Alexz hung out at Big Picture Media, and Steve Madden Music, to give a short interview then perform the songs “American Dreamer” and “This Is Heartache”.

Interview

American Dreamer

This Is Heartache

Review of the “Heart” EP — Planet Stereo

We’ve all been listening to “Heart” since it was released, but this reviewer, at Planet Stereo, went back to listen to it again with new ears. This is the review they left us:

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In February, Alexz Johnson released her EP, HEART, and fans went wild, igniting social media. While a little slow to make this happen, I finally listened to the EP with my critical ear, and found that I didn’t just enjoy the tracks; they registered with me in a way that I wasn’t fully prepared for.

“American Dreamer” is an almost awe-inspiringly beautiful track. Coming over the speakers like a wave crashing against the shore, it is impossible to ignore Alexz Johnson’s booming, melodic vocals as she bares the weight of the inspirational lyrics. Everything about this song is optimistic and determined: take what life gives you, the good and the bad, and push on; keep dreaming. It’s a feel-good song, with such an “Americana” vibe to it, with a subtle reference to 80′s music (“The Tide Is High”).

As another single for the EP, “This Is Heartache” is noteworthy, in itself. In context with the rest of HEART, Alexz Johnson has cracked the code for writing/delivering a song about being heartbroken without churning out the same old “Boy meets girl. Girl and boy fall in love. Boy leaves girl. Girl is in agony. The end.” cliche`. The music is upbeat, the lyrics are pleading and emotional, and Alexz Johnson’s vocals are nothing shy of superb.

Seemingly making an attempt at a more soulful approach to a song, “Nothin’ On Me” is blunt, with exploration of the artist’s lower registers, with a chorus of gospel-like voices. Soul is the accessory we all wish we could wear with confidence, but aren’t sure if it’s our color, but Alexz Johnson wears it well; this melodic, bluesy style, with a classic rock-and-roll flare fits her like a glove.

Hearbreak seems to be a theme here, but not necessarily in the sense that most artists promote it. Continuing on with her soulful, bluesy edge, Alexz renders her tale of a lover who didn’t treat her right in “Thank You For Breaking My Heart.” I love this track. It’s full of emotion, and acts as a story of learning from heartbreak, hardening yourself, and moving on. Alexz’s vocals are ridiculously powerful. She is a complete power-house on this track, letting her vocals reach new heights, releasing an agony that she conveys wonderfully. If you check out any track on this EP, please, oh please, let it be this one!

One thing I really enjoy about HEART is the raw, melodic tone each track has. Unwaveringly honest and powerful, this EP encourages listeners to not only sing along, but to feel what is being sang about. Alexz Johnson is an artist who has a very recognizable voice, and her songwriting rivals some of the greats. HEART is more than an EP; it is a statement. It might say different things to different people, but one thing is undeniable: whatever it’s saying is coming through loud and clear.

PledgeMusic Update: Note From Alexz + New Songs

In the latest PledgeMusic update Alexz gives us the 3 songs she recorded for Blue and news on the state of the album. You can Pledge for her campaign by clicking here.

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Dear Pledgers -

I want to share with you, first hand, the 3 tracks I wrote and recorded for Blue on Wigs.

These were recorded in character of “Satya”.

These are the original masters from the show — I hope you enjoy them!

The BLUE songs will also be available on iTunes soon.

In regards to the upcoming album… (You have been so gracious and patient during this process. I thank you for that).

The album isn’t quite finished, regardless of what you’ve heard.
The songs have been chosen, the recordings are done. I am at the final stages of finishing up the production on two tracks – possibly the most important tracks to me off this record…

More to come. I have some exciting news to share, soon!
Thank you for hanging in… it’ll be worth it, I think! (I KNOW!)
x Alexz

Former Teen Star Alexz Johnson Chases Dreams as Indie Artist — LiveStarringYou.com

This is a really great article/interview at LiveStarringYou.com about Alexz and her career, the ups and downs, and why she continues to keep going.

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Former teen star Alexz Johnson chases dreams as indie artist
By Ashley O’Leary

She’s starred on Disney Channel’s So Weird and CTV’s Instant Star.

You may have seen her “riding the same roller coaster hundreds of times” in Final Destination: 3.

She’s toured North America and Europe performing her music.

Canadian-born actress and singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson has an impressive resume.

But the dulcet-voiced entertainer’s career hasn’t been totally smooth. TV series inevitably get cancelled. Record deals fall through. (That’s happened to Alexz twice.) Through it all, the 27-year-old has managed to remain focused on her goal: to create beautiful music for her fans. You can check out her recently released EP, Heart, by clicking here.

Here are some important lessons about fame and success we learned in a recent interview with Alexz. (Side note: For fun, we used her song lyrics to identify each lesson!)

“When Everything’s Hopeless, You Follow A Compass.”

Despite her success, Alexz hasn’t always been winning. Though she signed two major record label deals, neither resulted in a big album. (That’s common in the music industry — artists are signed and dropped all the time as executives switch jobs and plans change.) And while she was waiting for the labels to decide what to do with her career, she could have been playing shows and building her fan base.

Alexz felt vulnerable, but remained strong.

“I had lost two major record deals, and at that point I had no leg to stand on,” Alexz said. “I felt like I wasted so much time signed, and not actually touring. I remember being like, ‘#### this, I’m going to find a way to go on tour and connect with my audience.”

She found the right leg to stand on, moving to New York City in her early 20s and pursuing a career as an independent artist.

“I told myself, ‘If I don’t make it by the time I’m 25, I’m quitting the music industry,’” she said. “And I’m 27.”

Why didn’t Alexz give up? Why wouldn’t she let her dreams slip from her fingertips? Lots of small but important signs have encouraged her to continue.

“The fans, seeing people at my shows cry, people that continue to buy my music,” she said. “Once in a while, that check comes in from iTunes and you’re like, ‘Oh my God! I can pay my rent!’ Enough things have happened where it’s just like, ‘Why stop?’”

Alexz realized that facing constant challenges is a key to being successful.

“Nothing is going to be easy from this point on,” she said. “I’ve given my life to this. Everything is going to be hard and I can’t see myself doing anything I’m going to love as much as this. Why not keep going?”

Alexz succeeded because of her dedication and love for music. She didn’t let the negativity overpower her. She remained patient and did all that she could to come out on top.

And yes, she definitely came out on top!

“I guess I would have never suspected how fulfilling it can be to conquer things that really scare you,” she said. “You can’t have fear of failure. I think people can sense that.”

“I’ll Use What You Give Me, Like Kites When It’s Windy.”

Alexz doesn’t believe luck alone has gotten her to where she is today. Her determinations and unwillingness to give up when times get tough have pushed her to succeed.

“I think luck is something to do with it,” she said, “but you’re only going to run across luck if you have persistence.”

“You Can Always Believe With A Dream Up Your Sleeve”

Alexz told us about the differences between being part of a big label and having a “team” and working as an independent artist. She’s had both experiences, but prefers the control she has now.

“It’s been really good for me to go the indie route,” she said. “I feel like it’s really important to build your own ship that you can sail without having to rely on people.”

“It’s All On The Table I’m Willing And Able.”

Alexz has sacrificed and dedicated all of her time to writing lyrics, recording, and connecting with her fans through social media. She hasn’t seriously considered doing anything else with her life.

“You can’t have a backup plan,” she said. “You can’t have, ‘I’ll try this and if that doesn’t work then…’

“I feel like if you really want this, you have to make sacrifices and bite the bullet.”

Alexz doesn’t just perform for attention and money. One of the many reasons her performances are so popular is because she conquers the stage with her heart, and sings with her soul.

“The reason why you stand up on stage like a fool, open your heart out and share everything inside of you is because you literally feel like there’s nothing else here you can do,” she said. “I feel like that’s what makes music and entertainers, since like the circus. That’s what makes it so interesting to watch people on stage, when they’re so vulnerable.”

Ashley O’Leary is a senior in our program at Mount St. Mary Academy in Buffalo.

“Blue” Season 3 Cast Predict Possible Season 4 Storylines

Will Alexz return to Blue for season 4? We don’t know yet, but in this video you can watch her predictions for what WIGS will raise the stakes with next season: