Alex Isley

Alexandra Isley is an American singer-songwriter and producer. She released her debut EP The Love/Art Memoirs in 2012. Isley has worked with artists including Lucky Daye, Tank and the Bangas, Terrace Martin, Masego, and 9th Wonder.

American singer-songwriter and producer
Alex Isley
Birth name Alexandra Isley
Origin New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Masego, Lucky Daye
Musical artist

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Born Alexandra Isley, she is the daughter of Ernie Isley of the prolific soul group the Isley Brothers.[2] Isley spent most of her childhood in New Jersey before moving to Los Angeles.[1] She named Stevie Wonder, Prince, Ella Fitzgerald, Toni Braxton, Aaliyah, and Mariah Carey as early favorite musicians.[1][3] She loved singing from childhood and her family supported her pursuit of music as a professional career.[1]

She began classical vocal training at age 12 and later graduated from LA County High School for the Arts.[4] Isley received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where she studied in the jazz department.[5]

Isley has synesthesia, and described the phenomenon to LA Weekly: “There’s a canvas in my mind, and the whole thing is painted, or it’s a continuous wave of color…Sometimes I’ll start composing something and I’ll have to change the key because the color won’t sit right with me.”[5]

Isley released her self-produced debut EP TheLove Art/Memoirs in 2012.[5]Okayplayer reviewed the EP positively: “please believe Alex’s lush vocals over her own calming production is capable of spawning a generation of love babies much like “Between The Sheets” did.”[6]

Isley described her music as r&b with hip hop and jazz influences.[1] Samantha Callender of Essence referred to her voice as “silky smooth vocals that ride neo-soul melodies.”[1] She has collaborated with artists such as 9th Wonder on the track “Rain Clouds”; Lucky Daye and Masego on “Good & Plenty (Remix)”; Chromonicci on “Interstellar”; and Christian Kuria on “Toroka.”[1][7][8][9]

In November 2019 she released the joint EP Wilton with producer Jack Dine.[10] In May 2020 Isley performed a concert for NPR‘s Tiny Desk series.[2] That year she was also a featured vocalist for the Cautious Clay track “Reaching”, on the soundtrack for Insecures fourth season.[11]

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