Alexis Spight, with her fiery red hair and golden voice, was a favorite of both the judges and audience during Season Five of BET’s Sunday Best. While she came up just short of the crown in the 2012 gospel competition, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter is still a winner. She has completed recording her first album, L.O.L.: Living Out Loud, which was released on March 12, 2013, and debuted at #3 in the country. After 18 weeks after the release, L.O.L reached #1 in the country. Her freshman project L.O.L landed her Stellar Award nominations in two categories; “New Artist of the Year” & “Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year”. Her first released single, “Imagine Me,” is her take on a song by Sunday Best host Kirk Franklin, which she performed on the show. “It’s a song that applies to my life in all areas because it’s about being comfortable and confident in who I am and who God made me to be,” she says. “I grew up listening to and admiring Kirk Franklin. To sing that song in front of him was an honor. ”
Alexis describes her experience on Sunday Best as “amazing” and “surreal” from beginning to end. “I remember getting in line and seeing 2,000 people ahead of me and getting very discouraged.” However, Alexis made it to the Top 20 out of 15,000 who auditioned for the show and then survived the competition to the final, where she was first runner-up. “Even though I didn’t win, I thank God for the platform that it provided, it really opened doors for me,” she says. “I’m so grateful for the relationships and tutelage I received on the show. To be mentored and judged by people of such great stature was very, very humbling.”
Alexis has a musical style that is as unique and eclectic as her look, and that is by design. She believes her music and her look may attract people to God who might not feel like they belong in more traditional church settings. “My style is for everyone, but specifically for those who are different, those who some would consider outcasts at church or even by society,” she says. “The gospel music industry has to use different methods to get different results. Adding music and musicians with a sense of uniqueness can get those souls who are unique. I’m just trying to do what the Bible says-go out and compel men.”
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Alexis is the oldest of five children. Her father is a guitarist, singer, and preacher, and her uncle and grandfather are preachers as well. Both music and God were at the center of her family life. She began singing in the choir at her church when she was three years old. She sang with her mother until she found confidence in her voice. When she was only eight years old, she formed a singing group with her sisters, Alyssa, Jazmin, and baby sister Jada, who Alexis says has an amazing voice. The group, The Spight Sisters, has performed around the Buffalo area and in various parts of New York. Though Alexis is now pursuing a solo career, she says the group still exists.
When she was 12, Alexis discovered a love and talent for writing music. She began writing as a way to deal with a traumatic event and a difficult period in her life. Her family lost their home in a 48-hour period due to financial difficulties, and the seven of them had to move into an extended stay hotel, where they lived for three months. “I suddenly knew what it was like to lose everything, but God blessed us through it all,” she says, “It prompted my family to have an unspoken bond, and I believe it was preparation for this journey.”
The Spights now live in Kansas City, where her father pastors Madden Temple Church of God in Christ, and also pastors the Greater Faith and Deliverance Ministries in Binghamton, New York. Alexis continues to hone her songwriting skills. Some of her original compositions are featured on her released album, L.O.L.
Alexis always knew that she wanted to be a professional singer. Her father, who helped train her as a singer, taught her that if she wanted to do something, she should go after it and learn all she could about it. She attended Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, the school where her mother and father attended as dance and music majors respectively, and spent hours studying singers she admired, such as the Clark Sisters and Kim Burrell, among others.” At 16, she began to audition for televised singing competition programs. She auditioned for American Idol and X Factor before landing a spot on Sunday Best. “I guess God wanted my voice for him,” she says.
Alexis has a busy schedule and bright future in gospel music. She is under the management of Greg “Uncle G” Lyons’ Uncle G Promotions and Entertainment (www.unclegpromo.com). Most recently she has signed a new recording contract under her manager Greg “Uncle G” Lyons, new record label “Uncle G Records. She is currently working on her sophomore project titled, “Dear Diary”.
Alexis is adamant about the fact that her music is her ministry and that her number one goal is to “win souls for the kingdom.” She also wants to make sure that the message in her music ministry remains clear: “You can be as different and unique as God made you and still love-and be loved by-God, so you can be bold and confident in your uniqueness.”