Love the machine gun fire style intro with that backing keyboard. Oh lordy this chick has an amazing voice. It’s rich like your favorite chocolate cake, with just a touch of a cutting edge. It reminds me just a bit of the vocal style that Alannis Morissette had going for her in ‘You Oughta Know’, with a dash of Amy Lee. So what I’m saying is this girl is an original real deal artist. I love the upbeat tempo of this song, you want to get up and move your ass. Musically the composition is intense with all players giving it their all. The guitar lines are down and dirty making them a perfect match to Alexx’s vocal style. The drums provide the perfect bridge to keep all the trains running on time so to speak.
I’m already a big fan of this song. Based off what I heard here I have to give her other works a listen. There was something so rock ass about this tune I’m excited to get it on a list with some Halestorm and In This Moment. I would also throw this on a list with some of my Stone Sour and From Ashes To New.
Who They Are:
“I don’t feel sorry for being who I am”, proclaims sharp-tongued singer, guitarist and songwriter, Alexx Calise. Delivering a sound that is both fresh and uniquely her own, Calise combines crunchy rock riffs with probing lyrics and hooky pop melodies.
Told throughout most of her career to not play guitar as much or at all, and to pursue a more “proven” musical direction, Calise instead chose to focus even more so on her instrument, practicing some 5-6 hours a day, and follow the only direction she knew how to—her own.
Countless film and TV placements and millions of Youtube hits later, Calise has proven that her torchy vocals, impressive guitar chops and heart-and-soul lyrics are enough to make an incredible international impact, even as a completely independent artist.
Calise’s hit song “Cry”–which became a web phenomenon almost overnight (spawning hundreds of covers, tributes and dance routines) after it appeared on the Lifetime show “Dance Moms”—-has gone on to sell well over 42,000 downloads independently and charted at #64 on the iTunes rock chart. Its official video features “Dance Moms” star, Maddie Ziegler, who danced to the song in several episodes of the show. Calise also recently performed her song “Survive” from her latest “AC3” EP on both “Dance Moms,” and its spinoff show, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”.
In addition to music, Calise is also pursuing an acting career, and has appeared in a series of national Guitar Center commercials, a Disney “Science of Imagineering” DVD series, and in a Discovery Channel documentary entitled “The Science of Sex Appeal”.
Ever-growing and ever-changing, the effervescent Calise is continuing to make waves one small step at a time, currently penning songs for a variety of major artists and writing songs toward her next album.
The Band is:
Alexx Calise (vox/guitars)
Dustin Yewell (drums)
Wes Michener (guitars)
Steve Kinsman (bass)
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