A Closer Look - R&B Artist, Lexi T
Beauty, brains, and brawns, this next artist has it all! With a fearless drive and worthwhile story, this boss babe is killing the game from all angles! Inspired by Brandy, En Vogue, Monica, Whitney Houston, SWV, Mýa, and more - DMV AUX presents to you, the beautiful, powerful, R&B artist, Lexi T.
Lexi T was born and raised in Uptown DC but currently resides in Maryland. As an adolescent, she enjoyed singing in church and spent most of her time as an all-star cheerleader. Balancing the two hobbies were complex, but the dedication and discipline of cheerleading molded her life as an all-around artist.
Concerning music, Lexi doesn't fall far from the tree! She’s related to 18 other instrumentalists and vocalists in her family, including her mother, who is a staggering soprano one. Although her mother put her musical career on hold, Lexi was able to initiate the dreams she once had.
“I was in artist development, won many talent shows, performed at the Apollo and the NAACP image awards at the age of 15, almost got signed to Warner Bros., traveled to L.A., moved to Atlanta, and much more,” she stated.
One thing I found interesting, Lexi wasn’t always comfortable performing alone. So up until the age of 22, she had been a member of several girl groups. “Most of the time, it was me ‘forcing’ my friends to sing with me,” she laughed. Nonetheless, she‘s an accomplished artist with substantial experience.
As our conversation progressed, we spoke about her move to Atlanta. Lexi’s career skyrocketed, and she was faced with many opportunities. In Atlanta, she was a “small fish in a big pond," but by being surrounded by other artists and industry folks, Lexi was able to learn the business of it all.
Though she didn’t stay long! Instead of building her career there, she brought the knowledge she had acquired to DC and immediately got to work. “In Atlanta, I was trying to make a name for myself and was doing promos for free, but here in DC, I was producing my own shows and booking artists to open for me.” What a move!
Regarding the DMV, she stated people only latch on to you when they feel like you’re untouchable. “After moving to Atlanta, I started rubbing elbows with celebrities, and people realized I was making my way. My Instagram suddenly blew up, and people I’ve known my whole life finally started supporting me,” she stated.
After Lexi’s return home, her career was peaking, but during a night out, an unexpected turn of events shifted it all. “I was on 8th street, getting into my friend's truck, and suddenly was in between a car collision, another truck had hit me and smushed me into my friend's truck,” she explained.
“I was rushed to the hospital, and thought I wasn’t going to walk again, it was terrible. I had to get stitches, and my legs were swollen for six months, causing me to be 40 lbs heavier.”
Thankfully, in the long run, she ended up nursing herself back to health, but she does have a permanent dent in her right leg. “I used to be self-conscious, I don't believe my fans knew how severe it was, but I did fall off the face of the planet,”
Her career was on pause for a year, and no one was asking her to perform. Subsequently, in the next year, she became pregnant with her daughter, which further added a strain. Yet after two years, Lexi ended up finally releasing her well-received single Lately, generating interest and revivifying her career!
Before writing Lately, Lexi wrote countless love songs mainly due to her marriage of ten years. However, for her anticipated EP Feelings, she plans on delivering the stories of those close to her.
“I don’t have much experience with dating or heartbreak because I’ve been married since I was 23. Though for me to switch it up, I met with most of my friends, and listened to their stories for inspiration,” she stated.
As for her musical style, it has changed over the years, but her style resembles, “The feeling of 90s music.”
Last year, Lexi and her husband produced over 30 shows with their DMV Takeover tour and established a network. Although it was an incredible year for the duo, she’s excited for 2020 and has many goals in store! To mention some, she’s focusing on building her brand, paperwork, and expanding the DMV takeover tour nationally. “I’m not building a singing career, I’m building a brand, and together with my husband, we’re building an empire, like L.A. Reid and Pebbles.”
Aside from music, Lexi is passionate about sisterhood and bringing bossy women together. To live out her passion, she organizes frequent “Boss Babe Mixers” to promote self-awareness, health, financial literacy, and a space to network. “A lot of us women go through things in silence, so with Boss Babe Mixers, I’m able to bring women together and show them you can be better."
She also organizes artists' boot camps incorporating fitness with vocal exercises. She stated, “Some people think that being an artist, is knowing how to sing/rap, but you also have to be physically ready to perform for 2 hours!”
How can one balance so much on top of being a mother and a wife?! Well, Lexi simply stated, she’s heavy on checklists and planning. “I used to be all talk, but creating action plans and checking them off one by one made things happen for me.”
When it comes to advice for aspiring artists, Lexi will advise them to read on finances, royalties, contracts, etc. In addition, she believes artists should study past artists from 20 years ago who are still relevant today. Lastly, she stated, “Study your craft, because it’s going to take practice and consistency.”
Read more about Lexi T with a closer look below.
What song do you currently have on replay?
I’m currently listening to Summer Walker’s project Over It, and K. Michelle’s newest single The Rain.
What’s one thing you absolutely need in the studio?
What’s one thing you wish you didn’t have to pay for?
I wish I didn’t have to pay for the mortgage.
Do you have any tattoos?
Yes, on my 21st birthday, I got a treble clef directly above my wrist, in my inner arm.
Would you rather be an extreme couponer or an antique hoarder?
I would rather be an extreme couponer; Everyone enjoys discounts.
What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?
My biggest peeve deals with individuals who poke me to get my attention!
Magnified Topic of the Week: Lexi T’s single “Lately”
After recovering from a terrible accident, Lexi was eager to record music and find herself again.
So as a birthday gift for Lexi, a good friend of hers surprised her with a trip to Atlanta to record music. Needless to say, she ended up writing and recording her single Lately, in Dj Drama’s studio with a talented friend/celebrity engineer.
“That’s why the song sounds so good,” she exclaimed.
Excitingly, the song was premiered on WPGC 95.5 by Tony Redz in 2017, but it wasn’t officially released until 2018 due to Lexi becoming pregnant.
Although she had to take yet another break, Lexi persevered, and her audience ended up receiving the single well, creating an abundance of buzz.
“Lately” is available on all streaming platforms, and you can check out the song below!