Don’t let her contagious energy or easy-going charm fool you; ready-to-explode singers rarely come equipped with resume’s as tight as Alexa Goddard’s. At 14 she was travelling across Europe recording early demos; by 18 she’d toured the United States and by 22 she was one of the ten most subscribed musicians in the history of YouTube in the UK with over 40 million views and a Top 20 single under her belt. Still only 24 but possessing a resume that bursts with evidence of talent, determination and an uncommon pop flair, Alexa Goddard is perfectly placed to become a household name.
Her music is ample evidence, but meet Alexa in person and the star quality is undeniable. You’ll meet a girl from a small town in the suburbs of southern England who still has to pinch herself when she finds herself rubbing shoulders with music royalty at LA parties, but you’ll also immediately realise what it is about this extraordinary young talent that earned her the attention and respect of some of pop’s biggest starmakers. Alexa is an artist who has found her strength through music, and can’t wait to tell the world her story.
Recorded in LA and New York, Goddard’s debut album showcases qualities that mirror her personality: smart, fun, sparky and refreshingly straightforward, featuring collaborations with bluechip producers like Stargate (Rihanna, Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Shakira), Ester Dean (Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Mary J Blige) and even Chris Brown. Hits-in-the-making include hook-heavy belter ‘So There’, lyrically reflective ‘Who Needs Perfect’ and female pop anthem ‘Stay Pretty’. Now it’s time for the rest of the planet to meet this exciting new star.
Growing up with three older brothers, a young Alexa quickly found a way to make her voice heard. She absorbed her family’s passion for a diverse range of musical styles, and discovered that she felt perfectly at home on stage in local talent shows and karaoke contests. “When I got on stage and performed, it was the best feeling in the world. I felt like I could do anything’,” Alexa recalls. After winning a talent contest at a seaside holiday camp, it led to recording sessions across Europe; later, her MySpace profile caught the eye of multi-million-selling prog rock behemoths Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who invited her to audition for a forthcoming tour. Over the next couple of years, she played to huge crowds up and down America’s East Coast, but after a while knew she had to concentrate on her own music.
Going right back to basics she persuaded one of her brother’s friends, a fledgling music manager, to arrange some recording sessions with producers so she could work on her own songwriting. Alongside these writing sessions they uploaded some videos to YouTube and immediately the views went supernova with subscribers going through the roof and one of her covers even hitting the Top 20 on the official UK charts after she released her version independently.
No wonder there’s a twinkle in her eye as she edges closer to realising her dream. Alexa’s loving every minute as she prepares to take the world by storm in 2014 “It’s taken a while for me to get here. I haven’t rushed anything. But believe me, I’m ready now.”
Alexa Goddard - Marilyn (Lyric Video)
Happy (Pharrell Williams) Acoustic cover by Alexa Goddard