You started your music career at a very young age, what inspired you to try music at all?
My parents enrolled me in summer camp at the local theater when I was 6, and I auditioned and landed one of the “Doowop” girls in The Little Shop of Horrors Jr. A star was born! *laughs*
Did you always want to be a singer?
From that point on I wanted to act and sing! I’ve since done over 20 musicals.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Adventurous, Creative, Determined, Bubbly, Loving, Sassy and CRAZY! (I know it’s more than 5!)
How would you describe your musical style?
I am still working on that, but it lies somewhere between Pop and Country.
What artists do you look up to right now?
Currently, I am in awe of Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato. I just watched their documentaries and was so inspired by their journeys.
Can we expect any new music soon?
Yes, but now that the cover is done I will be focusing on acting again. In between projects I will be working on some original songs.
What was it like starring in Jacob Sartorius’ “BINGO”?
It was such a fun day! I found out the night before that I got the role and the icing on the cake was that I booked it with my good friend Sophia Rose Turino. We just laughed all day and it was such a catchy song. Jacob is incredibly sweet and we all went out after and grabbed a bite to eat.
You are also releasing your own version of a holiday classic in time for the holidays, Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a timeless piece. I think the first version was made in the 1940’s and yet, it is still everyone’s favorite song. We had to change some lyrics but overall it has the same flirty feel.
How did the idea for the Music Video come about? And what was the process to make the music video?
I have been wanting to do this cover for quite some time. I was inspired by the movie “Elf” a couple years ago, but it all happened so fast! I was recording the song and someone suggested Emery Kelly for the duet, and everything was done within a week’s time. Our director Nayip Ramos brought our vision to life. Holiday magic definitely played a part in it coming together.
What was it like working with Emery Kelly on this project?
He is so charming and so talented! He made rehearsals and filming so much fun and he is such a professional.
You are also an actress. What made you decide to try acting?
I did my first musical when I was 6 and I think I caught the acting bug at that time! My parents kept me away from the entertainment side except for musicals and I accidentally fell into becoming a junior reporter for HollywoodTeenZine. It was fun, but as the story goes, when I was 10 I told them I wanted to be on the other side of the carpet.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
Nothing I can discuss but I can tell you 2018 is going to be a very good year!
How do you manage school with your busy schedule?
Handling school with my schedule has been very challenging! My high school has been so supportive and they have set up a special program for me which allows me to audition and film and maintain my class schedule. Both my parents and I strive to make school a priority, and I feel lucky that I get to experience both high school and the entertainment industry. I was a cheerleader this year and the experience of being on the field during a football game is priceless. It is very tough at times, but very worth it. I feel blessed everyday!
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
Active! I love heartwarming, supportive people that are always there for me, and I want to be there for them as much as I can! If I can bring a smile to their face like they do to mine everyday, I will be a happy little bean!
Does your fanbase have a name?
It has definitely steered toward “Lexinators”.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
Nothing has been too crazy yet, but I love when a fan comes up to me and we FaceTime their friend! Watching their reaction is always fun!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
What’s an average day for you look like?
Wake up, go to school, work with a tutor, go to vocal or acting classes, work out, hang out with my friends or do homework and then go to bed!
How do you spend most of your free time?
When I have free time I always like to spend it with my friends! I love shopping and crazy adventures, but also enjoy just lounging around. It depends on my mood.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
Career wise, I would like to meet Oscar someday. 😉
Ultimately, just making a living by doing what I love is the goal. I would love to travel the world and possibly create my own non-profit. Personally, I want to have a huge family!
How has this whole music career experience been?
Its been absolutely incredible! I plan on doing a lot more of it!
Do you have any advice for aspiring music artists?
If you can dream it, you can do it. Don’t let anyone discourage you.
Since this is the time of giving, Can you tell us about your part in “LikeUrLife” & “Breathe For Caley”?
LikeUrLife is all about self empowerment and having the courage to stand up against bullying, and how one person can make a difference. The videos are based on a true story and I am very proud to have been a part of this project. I am even more proud that it is being shown in schools across the country!
“Breathe For Caley” is very close to my heart. Caley Camarillo was a good friend of mine who had Cystic Fibrosis and I watched her fight with this disease every day. She was an example of strength and courage. She was a role model for everyone that stepped into her path and was the kindest soul that I have ever met. When we lost this Angel I decided that I will give whatever I can to this charity until the day that I die until they find a cure.
Do you have any last things you went to tell your supporters?
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are the best and I will be forever grateful!
Thank you so much for the questions and have an amazing holiday!
Photo Credit: Derrick Freske