Lexi Lauren is an up and coming, bright and young country music singer/songwriter. New to the scene, Lexi has just moved to Nashville to pursue her music career and has already released her debut single Don’t Text which she co – wrote and she is only fourteen years old!
Don’t Text was mixed by 3x Grammy winner Dave Clauss, who mixed a majority of Maren Morris‘ record. Some of his other credits include Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Shakira, Justin Bieber, U2, Lauren Alaina, and many more.
I caught up with Lexi to discuss her single and her career amongst other things. It’s hard to believe that Lexi is only fourteen years old as not only does her songwriting show a mature side but her answers to the interview questions too. Lexi is clearly a mature, old souled, intelligent young lady, all traits that will undoubtedly help her along the way to reach her dream.
I hope you enjoy our chat and please check out the video to Don’t Text below.
Hi Lexi how are you? What have you been up to lately?
Hey! I’m really awesome:) I’ve been unpacking like crazy. I just moved to Nashville and I’m still buried in mountains and mountains of boxes haha! Otherwise I’ve just been writing and working a lot. It feels amazing to finally be in Tennessee. Life is good!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical background?
I’ve always loved music. When I was about 10 years old, I got my first guitar for my birthday. I remember trying
and trying, but my hands just couldn’t handle it. Out of frustration I put it in the back of my closet. I was super dedicated to dance at the time, and spent many hours a week in the studio, so I focused on that instead. But my world turned around in December of 2015 when I twisted my ankle, fracturing my foot. I remember sitting in the doctor’s office with so many thoughts running through my head. “Would my foot ever get better?” “Will I fall behind in my classes”? “Am I ever going to be able to dance again”?
I sat on the couch for 6 weeks in a big, black boot. Out of boredom, I picked up the guitar again. I would focus for hours and hours, and eventually got better at it. When I went back to dance, I was SO excited to get into the studio again. As I went from class to class, I felt my passion for dance wasn’t there anymore. I felt this strong pull towards music. After a lot of consideration, I decided to quit dance and focus all my time on music. In a way, breaking my foot was a blessing in disguise. Sometimes we don’t realize that the worst things in life can turn out to be the biggest blessings in the end. I’ve never looked back since!
Who are you influences, what made you decide you wanted a career in country music?
There are a lot of people I look up to in the music industry. I would say Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Bradbery, Lauren Alaina, and Carrie Underwood are on the top of my list. I actually remember the exact minute I realized that I wanted a career in country music. My grandpa had cancer at the time, and it was a huge struggle for me.
As I was looking for some new music to add to a playlist of mine, I stumbled across “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”, by Martina McBride. Obviously, not all of the lyrics matched up to my situation. I really related to the song, and at that moment, I realized how powerful music (especially country music) can be, and how a 3 minute song can impact and change your life forever.
What is it about country music that you love?
I love the stories that are told through country music. I love the environment and the love that everyone has for
one another. I feel like everyone is one big, happy family. Sure, there’s still competition, but everyone supports one another and wants to see each other succeed. I seriously love everything about country music
Apart from music, was there any other career
you wanted to pursue even if a silly one from when you were small?
I wanted to start a cat rescue when I was really little!
Tell us about your single Don’t Text, which we love by the way. What was the influence behind the song and do you find that we sadly live in a world now where people rarely ring each other and everything is via text or social media?
Thank you so much! In this time and day, everyone texts each other. It’s quick and easy communication. The message behind “Don’t Text” is about actually calling someone and hearing their voice. Not just texting them, but actually picking up the phone and calling them.
When you’re just texting someone, you can’t hear the emotions they’re feeling. Sure, there are emojis, but that doesn’t do justice. When you call someone, you can hear the joyful sound in their voice, or you can hear the sadness they feel as they talk to you. You can feel what they’re going through. I call my best friend almost every night, and every time I talk to her I feel like I’m talking to her in person, when really we’re over 2,000 miles apart. In person or on the phone communication is a huge part of making any relationship successful.
What was it like to shoot the music video and was it your first one?
Shooting the video was SO much fun. I’ve never done a music video before, so the process was entirely new to me. I learned a lot and can’t wait to do it again soon.
If you could go on tour with any artist, who would it be?
That’s such a hard question! I would say either Shawn Mendes or Maren Morris. Oh, or Keith Urban. I really admire his performing ability, and he’s so freaking talented its insane.
Tell us about your up and coming EP, how would you describe it sonically and lyrically and when can we expect a release date?
I feel like the EP is very different lyrically. Some of the songs are about love, but a good amount of them actually aren’t. A lot of them are based off of different life situations and emotions I’ve felt in the past few months. I’m really excited to release it, hopefully soon!
How would you describe a typical day of songwriting?
For me it would be a typical night, I get the best song ideas around 1am. Usually, I start with one line in my head, and that either becomes the first line or the hook. Then I come up with a chord progression, and I sing that one line over and over with the chords. After I figure out the melody, I start working on the rest of the lyrics, then I usually pass it over to my mom. She’s actually a really good writer and helps me a lot. Whenever I’m stuck on a line, she always comes up with something good!
How important do you think it is to be honest with your music and honest with your fans? Would you say music is a healer and can unite people from the most happiest to even under the most difficult circumstances?
I would say it’s super important. Music is very therapeutic to me, and I know it is for many other people too. Music lets me express my feelings in a way nothing else can. I don’t have any problem sharing what’s going on with my life or what I’m struggling with to my fans. I feel like I can be really open with them, which allows them to be open with me as well. When I get a message from someone that says they really relate to “Don’t Text”, it makes me smile. I love making an impact in people’s life, and I know music is a great way to do that.
Who are you listening to in country music right now?
My new favorite is “Sway”, by Danielle Bradbery. It has a really fun vibe. Luke Combs recently released a new album as well that is currently on repeat for me.
Is there one song that you wish you had written?
“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran. The story is so beautiful and detailed. It makes me cry every time it comes on.
One song that you really relate to?
Right now it would have to be “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Since I just moved to Nashville, I’m just letting everything soak in. Even though I know this is the best place for me to be (and I freakin’ love it here), I still miss California. It can be a challenge sometimes! Just like the song says, “the struggles I’m facing, the chances I’m taking, sometimes might knock me down, but no, I’m not breaking.” I always tear up during that part of the song, and I feel like I can really relate to those lyrics right now.
Thank you so much for chatting today, I look forward to the EP