Nashville Rocks Artist Showcase – Alexes Aiken
In this months Nashville Rocks Artist Showcase, we present Alexes Aiken. As a 17-year-old country-pop sensation, Alexes Aiken has been showing off both her musician skills and her songwriting capabilities this year, and it has not gone unnoticed. The new member of the Country Music Association (CMA) is a New Orleans native, but, as Nashville-based producer Jonell Polansky describes, she “sings like she was born on the Opry stage.”
After releasing her debut self-titled album in December 2012, Alexes kicked off 2013 by accepting awards and getting together a band to complement her vocals. Alexes earned the title of Future Star Female Vocalist of the Year in the 17- to 20- year age group at the North America Country Music Associations, International (NACMAI). NACMAI also awarded her with the honor of Songwriter of the Year for New Gospel for her song “Note on the Mirror” and Co-Songwriter of the Year for New Country for her song “Best in Me.” Both of these original songs are on her debut album. After months of practice, Alexes and her band had their first public performance together on Saturday, May 11 at the Cajun Fest Volunteer Party in Marrero, La.
As Alexes becomes more successful, both in the Nashville and New Orleans music industry, she is also giving back through her music. She has partnered with the National Military Family Association (NMFA), an organization that raises money for veterans and their families, including education funds and financial support for injured veterans. This is a cause particularly close to Alexes’ heart, coming from a veteran family. “I’m super excited about this partnership because of my family involvement in the military with my paternal grandfather as a World War II veteran,” she says. She has decided to donate 10 percent of digital sales of her remake, “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” to the cause.
Alexes continues to improve her live presentation and play in Nashville more and more. Alexes and her entire band will appear together at the Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, Pa. on Saturday,
It is obvious that Alexes is not slowing down when it comes to her music career, and you can expect to see and hear a lot from her this summer. To find out more about upcoming events or to check out music and videos from country music’s newest rising star, please visit her website www.alexesaiken.com.