Lexi Lawson is originally from the Bronx, raised in Newburgh, NY of the beautiful Catskill Region, and has been entertaining audiences nationwide since she was seven years old. Reviewed in national publications across the world, the young and talented singer/songwriter is also a SAG/AFTRA/AEA triple threat. She continues to contribute her talents and pursue her dreams. Her TV and Film credits include “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009 – New Line Cinemas) starring Michael Douglas, Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Gardner, “Can you Hear The Music”(Intermedia), “What Would You Do?” (ABC), “Evergirls” (Nickelodeon), and “American Idol” (Fox). She played MIMI in the National Tour of the hit musical “RENT” starring original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal. Lexi presently stars as Vanessa in the national tour of “In the Heights.”
Lexi, tell us something of your upbringing and what influenced your life.
I was born into an extremely musical family. Both my parents are musicians/singer/songwriters. My mother was once a recording artist as well. She was signed to Rock Candy Records and had a single that she wrote called “Payback” which was released in the UK that a friend recently found on YouTube! She also won a songwriting billboard award back in her day. She’s a very talented songwriter. When we lived in the Bronx I had to room with my sister, because my parents turned the other bedroom into a home studio for my mother to write and record her songs. I remember when I was a baby, I would sit on the couch in the studio and just listen to my mother record – take after take. Eventually I would fall asleep, but I never left her side. Around the apartment in the Bronx – we had turntables, record players, big stereos’s, 8 track, monitors, synthesizers, upright piano, a ton of microphones, wires everywhere. It was Heaven! I remember always taking the microphones out of the cases and just staring at them -lol- it was so interesting to me! There was ALWAYS music playing in the house. My Dad would play the piano, my Sister would play the clarinet, my Mom would sing, and as a little baby I would just observe. I honestly thought that everyone in the world lived just like us. The music never stopped! There came a time- at family functions that all the kids would get together and perform for the adults. We would put on plays with costumes, and talent shows.
You have been hard at work since you were a child, did you always know what you wanted to do?
Absolutely, performing was like Candy to me and I remember that I never wanted it to end. I just wanted more of it! I was addicted. I was a music geek – I was first clarinet in band, first soprano in chorus, the lead in all my school plays, I would get all the solo’s, won a ton of school awards – a teacher published my poem in a school book. I was an over-achiever when it came to music and the arts.
You are a triple threat talent; you are a songwriter/singer, a dancer, and an actor, of all these disciplines, which is your favorite, or the most gratifying?
Singing and songwriting completes my heart. I recently saw a video on YouTube of someone covering my song “SOMEDAY” and it was the most humbling and gratifying feeling in the world. If in fact I happen to affect just one person in this world – it means more to me than anything in this universe.
[cincopa A0OAFZ6mxkeT]There is no question of your talent and ability. How much of your talent, do you believe was inherent in you and how much is a function of your work and effort?
Thank you Lexi for a wonderful interview. We wish you all the luck in the world – with your talent luck will surely find you.