“Alexis Hightower delivers passionate acoustic soul…mesmerizing audiences with a dancer’s grace.” -Ebony.com
Enthralling vocalist Alexis Hightower announces her first full-length album, Girl Next Door, to be released on Big Finish Records on November 25th. Described by Ebony.com in 2013 as “mesmerizing,” Alexis’ chic alternative R&B sound is a sophisticated mix of classic jazz touched with the hip-hop and classic soul she grew up on. Her song writing is truly unforgettable: transparent and truthful.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Alexis was raised in California and made the long-
anticipated move to New York City during the heyday of neo-Soul, hip hop and spoken word. Her various homes influenced her distinct sound, leading to collaborations with emerging talents including Kareem Riggins, Eric Lewis (ELEW), and Saul Williams among others.
Alexis’ various surroundings come together in her riveting yet gentle sound found throughout Girl Next Door. The project’s intro, “We Can Do This,” sets a tone of vulnerability while the rim shots in “Love Thing” cut deep and Alexis’ expressive harmonies make the track glow.
Girl Next Door is an ensemble-driven, ten-track journey through the life and times of a young artist, featuring performances by Duane Eubanks on trumpet, David Bowie guitar-man, Gerry Leonard and Brooklyn-bred poet Tkalla. “This is the sum of all my parts,” Alexis states. “It’s all the music I ever loved and that am right now.” With tracks that keep you head-bopping to a sweet, sophisticated groove, Girl Next Door is a smart, expressive engine of jazz-infused soul.
Alexis’ NYC album release party was presented by iRockJazz and hosted at DROM (85 Avenue A, NYC) on Sunday, November 23, 2014 to a sold out crowd. The album has garnered enthusiastic press that keeps coming in. Look here for live tour dates coming soon.