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Life & Work with Alexa Cappelli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexa Cappelli.

Hi Alexa, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in Southern California and have had a love for music since I could speak. My parents tell me stories about how I would always be singing or humming to myself as a kid, and honestly that has never changed. They signed me up to get voice lessons from the worship leader at my local church and the rest is history. I started dabbling in musical theater to come out of my shy little shell, I participated and even won local vocal contests over all ages, and finally began performing around my area as a preteen with a microphone and karaoke tracks. When I was 15, I was accepted to an arts high school for commercial music and really fell in love with different kinds of storytelling. Performing and writing songs slowly became my favorite thing. My senior year, I was a part of a televised reality singing competition, and that sparked in me the desire to not only be a singer but an artist. I graduated started college only to put that on hold due to the pandemic, and at that time I had just released my very first EP containing three songs that I still am really proud of. Since then, I’ve only grown more and more into the artist that I am today and am still becoming. Thanks to platforms like TikTok, I’ve been able to invite so many more people (and counting) onto this journey with me than I ever thought possible a few years back. I have another EP coming out in February 2022 that is a collection of songs I’ve written about indecision, wishful thinking, and the potential of love over this awkward time of my young-adult life. I’d say my favorite thing is still performing, but now it is simply fueled by a desire to have music do what it does best and bring people together. It can’t help it! I love getting to play my small role in the unity music brings.

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?
I’d like to think that I’m not the only one who has struggled with identity. Growing up, just like I’m sure many of us, I was plagued by the feeling I didn’t belong. I would flutter from friend group to friend group without ever really attaching myself. It’s only now that I can look back and see where what habit originated, but even today, the idea of getting hurt is way more likely when people get close. After years of growth and grace and understanding, I still struggle with the thought of letting anyone in, even with a desire for connection, because of how my heart could get hurt. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the truest loves are spelled r-i-s-k.

Being eliminated from that reality singing show my senior year of high school was the turning point where I realized that this artistry of mine doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. Comparison kills and has hindered me from my own creativity for so long. While I still have my moments, I have truly discovered that I was created to create and that in itself means that I belong, if not to anyone else but the One who created me.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a pop artist and singer/songwriter. I write and release songs that speak to and from my heart. The work I am most proud of are songs that have yet to be released into the world. Honestly, I hope to keep that answer for even when they do come out. I want to always be improving and growing. For me that looks like integrity and transparency. What might set me apart from others is that I always want to honor people in love. Even my most “angry” breakup songs are written in love. Regardless of how I feel about someone, they are still a someone, and at the end of the day, it hurts me more to be writing and operating out of bitterness than it could hurt them. I want to be a light where there hasn’t been light before.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I learned that life is not what you make of it. Because I could try and make mine to be everything good that I want, and I’d still live on this broken planet. I’ve lived alone for the majority of the pandemic, having moved away from my childhood home and friends right in the middle of it. Looking back, I can see that it was in those moments of “loneliness” that I was able to write my most honest songs. It was from the prayers for new community and connection with people that I was able to set higher expectations for those kind of relationships in my life going forward. It was in the tears, longing for more, that I was able to truly appreciate all that I already had tenfold. Life isn’t what you make of it, but what you appreciate in it. That’s the stuff that sticks around.

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