One of our featured artists for March is Alex Isley!
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.
Alex has been featured on numerous radio shows across the U.S. and on blogs from Okayplayer to SoulBounce, which has significantly connected her to more fans and kindred artists alike. She also draws inspiration from many diverse artists, ranging from the likes of Ravel to J Dilla. She recently released her second self-written and produced project, “DreamsInAnalog,” and is currently working on her next project, as well as several covers and collaborations.