By Aaron Wagner
From singing Diana Ross in her room as a little girl to singing on American Idol and then making her own music in Nashville, it’s clear that music has been an important part of Alexandria Corn’s life for a long time.
When you hear her music it’s clear that she’s coming into the industry at the right time. With a continued evolution of the country music sound from newcomers like Gabby Barrett and Ingrid Andress, Alexandria is definitely in sync with what fans and listeners want to hear.
In an era where genres continue to color outside the lines, it’s no surprise that she lists Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, and Pink as her biggest musical interests. Let’s be honest, those three artists could each make their own country, pop, or rock album.
Alexandria was gracious enough to take some time to chat with us about her upbringing and what she’s been up to in Music City.
What’s your first memory of making music?
When I was about 7 years old, I used to sing and dance around the house to “Stop in the Name of Love” by Diana Ross. I’m really not sure how I remember that but my dance was so intense for a 7-year-old child! I think from that time on, I always loved music. But it wasn’t until a little later in life that I found it to be a passion. When I turned 16, my dad bought me an acoustic guitar that I still have.
What was your experience on American Idol like and what did you take from that experience that has impacted your career?
It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my life. At such a young age, I got to experience something that a lot of other people, don’t get the chance to do. I’ve met some of the most incredible people from it. I was studying with Idol’s vocal coaches after it as well, so I really kept those relationships going. You have to keep a positive attitude going after something like this. I think a lot of artists get discouraged if they don’t make it or when they get voted off. That has stopped and crushed so many talented dreams. But if you shake it off, take the good from it, and move on, you’ll be fine.
In your opinion, what is the most difficult part about songwriting?
Being vulnerable. Opening up either with yourself or a co-writer and saying exactly what you feel and why. It’s VERY difficult. Especially for me. I was a very shy child growing up if I wasn’t around my family. I kept everything inside. Moving to Nashville has really helped me as a songwriter.
What is your typical songwriting process like?
I like to keep a lot of ideas and song titles under my notes section in my phone. I’ll sit down with a few co-writers and we will talk about what we are all going through in our lives. If something really strikes us, we will run with that. Other times, we throw out titles or ideas that we have.
What’s the story behind you song “Same Tattoo?”
Years ago, I told myself that I would never get a matching tattoo with someone that I date. Well, that changed! My current boyfriend has a forearm that is all full of red and black stars. I told him that one day I wanted to get just a single matching star on my arm. He surprised me on one of my birthdays, and he took me to a tattoo parlor in Los Angeles. We ended up moving in together, then moving to Nashville together, and then got a puppy together. So I don’t think I made a mistake! “Same Tattoo” just sparked from it all and I wrote how I felt about it.
Your latest release “Cheated Better” came out a few weeks ago. What’s the story behind this song and what do you hope fans & listeners take away from it?
I guess with the song, I’m speaking to mostly the female population. It’s funny because when we were recording it, we were laughing at the fact that it basically is a play by play on “HOW to cheat.” But thats not what we intended. I hope that girls can listen to this, and know that we are a LOT smarter than guys think. And if this is happening to you, to get out of that relationship. No one deserves that.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 3 years?
Touring a lot! I love traveling and I want to entertain as many people that will listen.
Fast Money Questions:
Favorite album: “America ” by America
Dream collaboration: Ed Sheeran
New up and coming artist we should be aware of: Sam Grow & Ruston Kelly
Favorite concert: Katy Perry- The Prismatic World Tour
A song you wish you would’ve written: “All Too Well”- Taylor Swift