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Meet Alexa Feiner

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My whole life I’ve been surrounded by creativity. My mother is an artist, and a chef and my dad was a video editor, producer, and musician. Music was always a part of my life, and at the young age of six, I started taking piano lessons. My father, who had perfect pitch and played the piano too, always encouraged me to follow my dreams and pursue music. It wasn’t long after that when I discovered my talents in singing.

I joined local musicals and plays and joined an A Cappella group in high school, I even took private lessons as well. In college, I studied psychology as my main degree and vocal performance as my minor. Being a part of the classical music program at the University at Buffalo was one of the best decisions I ever made. I am now capable of singing anything from opera to pop music, and I had great vocal coaches to thank for that.

Throughout my years in college, I was also president of my College A Cappella group “The Royal Pitches.” My sophomore year of college was the year my father passed away. I was 19. It was the most sudden, most traumatic experience of my life, and to this day I think about constantly. The man who taught me everything inspired me, and believed in me was gone.

I would have no more late night conversations, no more consolations when I felt like everything in my life was falling apart. My life was completely turned upside down. I don’t think I touched music, let alone a piano, for months because I just couldn’t bear the pain I felt looking at it. It took a long, long time to recover and to find strength, but I found it in music. I found it in writing, composing, and singing with others who shared my passion for music.

After college, I knew that music was what I was going to do. I knew that I just wanted to sing for the rest of my life and to follow my dreams for my father. I had made many connections with producers who were living in Los Angeles and to be honest, I just really needed a change of scenery from New York. So I picked up everything I had and moved to LA.

In the past year, I have been working now with a few producers, crafting an EP, called “Pinky” that I wish to share with the world. Pinky is what my dad used to call me. This EP is who I am, unapologetically me. I released my first debut single from that EP called “Again in Love,” and so far the response has been incredible, and I just can’t wait to release more music.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Life has definitely not been easy for me. I never thought I was ever lucky in any way. The biggest struggle was the passing of my father at age 19. I think I just lost myself as a person. I lost all interests, and I was angry. So angry at myself, wishing things could be different, wishing I could have done things differently.

But the world keeps on turning, and everyone will move on: with or without you. So I kept on going. It’s still hard though. Sometimes I feel so guilty for forgetting what he looks like, or even what he sounds like. But everything I am is because of him and everything he taught me. I am grateful for every gift he ever gave me: my humor, my intellect, and my passion.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I don’t really have a business. A musician I suppose can be a business. I’m always in the business of and for myself. As a songwriter, I am constantly writing for others and for placements as most do in the music industry who also want to be an artist. I am also a paid session singer as well.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was always sociable, personable, a “natural born leader.” Some might even say “bossy” (at least when I was younger). I was always interested in school, and I loved to read. I still do, I love classic novels: George Orwell, Shakespeare, Hemingway, etc. I was the kind of person in high school to be friends with all the teachers. Every teacher loved me.

To put my personality in perspective, I’ll say this: For senior superlatives, I was voted class clown. I will say that even though I might seem personable and loud and outgoing, which I am, I can also be quite anxious and self-conscious about my looks and certain things I don’t like about myself. I’m always pretty anxious and stressed for no reason, but I think that runs in my family.

In the past few years, I’ve really learned to be okay with who I am and not to care too much about the opinions of others. In the end, I’m going to do what I want and not really give a shit.

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