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Conversations with Marie Alex

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie Alex.

Hi Marie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Growing up, I was highly blessed to be surrounded by an incredibly musically creative family. My grandmother began teaching me scales and piano at a very young age, and I just remember being hypnotized by her ability to play music by ear and play guitar as naturally as breathing air. Though I’d always been a very shy person, it wasn’t long until I discovered my love for performing in front of an audience. My first showcase was at the age of six, and I sang “If I Aint Got You” by Alicia Keys. Afterward, I recall a plethora of unfamiliar faces approaching my mother and encouraging her to push my talent and growth. That’s when I realized, “Oh okay, this is actually what I was placed on this earth for.”

I really just dove into the art from there. In my free time, I began studying Jazz and R&B religiously, familiarizing myself with old school classics, and really trying to decode how these pieces were made with the intent of replicating them someday.

It wasn’t until age 18, when I found myself deep in my studies of Political Science at UNC, with the intent of pursuing law school did I realize that I would never be fully content until I committed myself fully to music. Hesitantly resigning from my classes, I relocated back to Los Angeles where I began professionally producing and writing music. It’s been a beautiful journey ever since.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Like most creative endeavors, it’s certainly been a mixture of both. But overall, it’s been an incredible experience, and the beautiful people I’ve met along the way have been amongst one of my greatest blessings.

I would say my greatest struggle was really navigating how I wanted to approach my journey or self-curated “master plan” of how I would get to where I wanted to go. It’s never as simple as it appears to be in the industry, and especially as an independent artist, you really have to hold yourself accountable and stay persistent in your craft! There are absolutely days when you feel to be at a plateau, and you have to continue to push forward simply because you love what you do.

There have been seasons in which people/acquaintances/managers come and go, and it really becomes an expedition of finding that team of individuals who align with your vision and support you unconditionally.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m really excited to finally reach a place where I feel like there’s gained recognition and signature in my work. My tonality has always set me apart, but I love that my supporters and peers can hear my sound and understand my vision a bit more when I’m creating or releasing new content. There’s almost this anticipation of a certain “vibe” that they can expect when receiving music, and I find that so cool. Although, I will say (especially as a Gemini) I’ve recently been challenging myself a bit more to lean into producing a more versed and unpredictable collection of sounds…

Any big plans?
My plans for the future are incredibly large but remain pretty simple in that I see myself continuing to have one goal. To create and share truly good and genuine music with the world. The rest all seems to come second.

I plan to travel and water beautiful connections with my listeners and pour into their hearts the way they do mine. I’m inspired every day by their stories, and experiences and I’m so eager to learn more so I can output songs that can heal and be felt around the globe.

Any big changes? This introvert will be showing face a lot more…so stay tuned.

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