I am so excited to introduce you to American Idol contestant Alexis Gomez! I had the opportunity to watch and meet Alexis at a previous concert and she was so nice! Alexis and I are both from the Dayton, OH so getting this opportunity was amazing! Alexis has a very identifiable voice that brings a new twist to country. Her voice gets you connected to her and makes you love her music! Check out my interview with Alexis where we talk about music, American Idol, music careers, and making it in the music industry! Keep reading to find out all of that and more!
NN: How did you decide you wanted to go into the music industry? What/who inspired you to do so?
Alexis Gomez: Oh my gosh, well I have the greatest dad ever who taught me to sing and play guitar when I was like 5 years old. He played every instrument under the sun, sang and wrote, so naturally, I wanted to do everything he did! He taught my brother and sister and I, and we had a family band. I sang my first real ‘gig’ when I was 8 years old at a coffee shop in Centerville, Oh- Coffee Affair. As long as I can think back, music has been my dream...it’s always what I wanted to do and I have my dad to thank for that!’
Insert full circle moment! When I saw Alexis in Huber Heights her dad was playing in her band! Such a cool moment!
NN: Tell us about your American Idol journey. How did you decide you wanted to try out, what was it like vs. what they showed, and behind the scenes info? For what it's worth you had my vote :)!
Alexis: This was my 3rd time auditioning for American Idol. Both previous times, I got some really good feedback and went home and tried to just work my butt off so I could get farther my next audition. Being in this industry has given me thick skin, I’ve learned that you can’t give up until you reach your own goals! Last year, Season XIV, I reached that goal. I still can’t believe I made it as far as I did…everyday was such a crazy, blessed, adventure for me. With that being said, the whole experience of the show was pretty insane. You get to see a lot on TV, but there is a lot you don’t see as well! Once we got past the Top 24... our day consisted of waking up at our 5-star hotel, being driven to the TV studio around 8am, where we would begin our rehearsals. There were 3 different vocal coaches we worked with there. In between rehearsals we would meet with Scott Borchetta, did a ridiculous amount of interviews, met with wardrobe and stylists, and began to work our choreography for our next performance. It was so fun to get a taste of what it would be like to really live like a star! By the end of the day though, we were exhausted! Our days lasted until 7 or 8pm and we would go back to the hotel and crash- at least that's what I did! lol
NN: You recently release a self-titled EP on August 31st, what was working on that project like? What was your favorite part of the whole process and why?
Alexis: I was so excited to finally get my original music out! Because of my contractual obligation to American Idol, I couldn’t release any original music. So, once I was released from contract, that’s the first thing I wanted to do!
I recorded the songs at multiple studios, a few in Nashville and even some locally, out of Cincinnati and Dayton. My favorite part about recording was working with such talented people. From the players to the engineers and producers, I just felt like I learned so much and can’t wait to get back in the studio and record again!
NN: You write some songs and have won some songwriter competitions, what is your favorite song you have written and what is the story/meaning behind it?
Alexis: That is a hard one! Every song I write means something different to me so it is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose, it would be ‘Road Back Home’. I probably put more time and energy into writing this song than I ever have before. I began this song in 2013 and didn’t finish it until 14 months later! When I started it, I only had the chorus, but I knew it was going to be something special to me, so I was very picky when it came to the story line and lyrics that made up the verses and bridge. In the end, I am so glad I didn’t rush it because to this day I am still so happy with the way it turned out. It is different than anything else I have written, and tells a really cool story!
NN: What has life been like since American Idol? I can imagine that American Idol was a pretty crazy experience, how did you go about coming from such a huge high to trying to keep that momentum on your music career?
Alexis: This is such a great question. Last year was hands down the best year of my life. Coming home and being eliminated was hard, but when I got here, it still felt like I was riding that wave in some ways. We spent the summer touring and playing amazing shows I had always dreamed of, opening for Montgomery Gentry, Cassadee Pope and so many people I look up to. As time went on though, of course, the talk of my American Idol run has slown down and it has been a lot of work to keep the momentum going. I think what it boils down to is how hard I am willing to work at this. There are times when it is easy to get discouraged and even want to give up, but I think those times are what really define and separate people who succeed and those who don’t. The only way to keep my momentum going and growing as an artist is to work harder than everyone out there. To keep pushing myself to get better and better and not get discouraged by any rough patches that come along. In this industry, I have learned that you have to have thick skin and be able to handle when someone tells you No, because I believe some day someone will tell me Yes! They believe in me and my music and that is the day I am working hard to reach.
NN: If you could do a duet or collaboration with anyone who would you choose and why?
Alexis: I would love to do a collaboration with ‘The Band Perry’! I love their music and their live performances so much. I would love to get on stage with them, to write with them and just learn from them in any way possible!
NN: Where do you hope to see your music career in 5 years?
Alexis: In five years, my dreams are to be living in Nashville, and hopefully to have a record deal and/or publishing deal. I dream of going out on my first tour with Brad Paisley, that would be AWESOME!
NN: What advice would you give anyone who wants to break into the music industry whether singer or songwriter?
Alexis: My advice is to push yourself out of your comfort zone and take every opportunity you can! My dad always encouraged me to sing in front of anyone and everyone and I am so thankful to have had him to guide me in my career. I would tell anyone who wants this dream to reach out to other artists, musicians, and writers and never be afraid to ask them for advice. I truly believe if you surround yourself with people who are better than you, you will get better! Don’t be afraid to mess up or say something stupid because that really is how you learn! I was always so afraid of saying something dumb that I never talked at all. It wasn’t until I started pushing myself outside of my own comfort zone that I started noticing myself getting better and more confident on stage. YOU CAN DO IT! <3
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Alexis, thanks so much for taking the time to do this, it means so much! And you know if you wanted to be friends or something I wouldn't hate it :) See you at some shows around Dayton!