ANDPOP wants to help you stun your family and friends with your utterly amazing musical taste. ANDPOP’s Gabriella Zicarelli will profile a new musical act for you to enjoy on a weekly basis. This week, it’s all about Toronto native Allie X.
Whether you know her as Alexandra Ashley Hughes or by her stage name Allie X one thing’s for sure: the girl can make some great music.
Before she made the big move to Los Angeles in 2013 (where she would be eventually signed), the Toronto-native got her start by teaming up with local bands to play shows in our fair city. She was also a contestant on the CBC talent show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, where she competed for the role of Maria von Trapp in a theatrical production of The Sound of Music.
She didn’t win but following her brief stint, she went on to start her synth-pop music career as ALX in 2012 and has worked with Canadians producers Cirkut and Billboard, who are known to have lent their skills to Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Cirkut even a couple of co-producer credits on Katy Perry’s latest album Prism.
Now ready to breakout on her own, the self-proclaimed “twenty something” has released her first single, “Catch,” and make no mistake, the tune will soon become one of this summer’s break-out hits.
While the song has recently garnered praise among internet blogs as well as sufficient radio play, it finally received the international attention it deserves after Katy Perry tweeted a link to her 53.2 million followers.
Even with her recent success, Allie X has no desire to become a part of the mainstream spotlight — for now, at least. She has been vocal over how she would prefer to stay in the background in order to make music she wants and avoid high expectations from record labels.
As for the music itself, Allie X delivers a pop-driven sound that can be described as a mixture of Ellie Goulding and Chvrches. That’s not all. Her eccentric Lady Gaga-esque appearance has also been helpful in winning over her own fanbase.
While there aren’t too many known specifics about the Toronto-native, we do know that she plans to release new music fairly soon and with her honest and raw sound, we can’t hardly wait to hear what else she has to offer.
NAME: Alexandra Ashley Hughes. Stage name name Allie X
BORN: In Toronto, Canada
KNOWN FOR: Her power-pop synth sound
FILE NEXT TO: Chvrches, Ellie Goulding
DOWNLOAD NOW: “Catch”
RAPID FIRE FACTS
1. Refers to herself as a “twentysomething” because she’s wants to keep personal details private.
2. Idolator.com has already pegged “Catch” as “The Best Song of 2014”
3. She’s stays in-touch with fans through Tumblr
4. She likes to stay secretive about new music
OTHER NOTEWORTHY TUNES
“CATCH (BILLBOARD REMIX)”