Lexi Marie is a prolific poet, guitarist and vocalist bringing her range of talents to both the festival stage and local venues. Lexi’s music combines the essence of folk and soul, with a hip-hop sensibility. Lexi is recognized for always delivering an album quality performance live and captivating any audience with her raw vocals, defiant lyrics and engaging stage presence. The strength of her music is grounded in her inspirations; growing up on Motown, rap and soul music, her influences include Mavis Staples, The Police, and Tune Yards. She performs both as a solo artist and with her band The Deep, a four piece band based out of Vancouver who released their EP entitled, Blood From Stone earlier this year.
Raised in Victoria, Bc, a small town that has always had a love affair with hip hop, Lexi spent many years in both foster and group homes which led her to create music with strong messages of hope that audiences connect with. “Hardships in life are inevitable, it’s really about taking all those hard times and growing from them, turning them into something beautiful.”
Marie hammers into topics such as sexual abuse, addiction, love and loss and her experience with them. Her stories speak for themselves conveying rage and tumult giving way to understanding and a call for reflection and hope.Feminism is calling more and more women to the stage these days, not just armed with their voices and guitars, but messages. Lexi Marie’s message is encouraging above all and her struggle is what gives gravity to her music. Her growth since then and refusal to become a statistic makes it inspirational. It's amazing that Lexi Marie didn't start playing music until later in life. When she starts singing it's like a sunrise, like something that has always naturally been taking place. Lexi’s music feels organic and deep rooted like an oak tree, the title track of her upcoming album.
While recording her first solo album Oak Tree, Lexi continues collaborating with other popular local artists in search of the perfect alchemy of elements to bring a track to life; bringing bumpin' grooves to any song – performing live and with other artists keeps Lexi working hard at her craft. Several notable artists she has worked with include CR Avery, Genevieve Chadwick, High Society, Joseph Hirabayashi of Spriing, Ikenna Onyegbula (2014 Canadian Poetry Champion from Ottawa) and formed Late Night Ruckus – a soul and spoken word group with Jillian Christmas (Vancouver Poetry Slam Champion). This year The Deep performed at Artswells Festival where Lexi also performed with Wax Mannequin and Annie Becker.
You can catch Lexi on stage this November as she embarks on a BC/Alberta tour with Calgary's Brent Tyler.
"Oak Tree captivates immediately with heartfelt vocals that such a personal subject demands; a song that features not just soulful and raw vocals, but also a defiant rap, flawlessly pulled off."
"Lexi Marie's songs replay in my head for days, floating up to describe raw feelings and experiences I have never been able to express so well. This is even truer when you see and hear her perform live. Her vocal dexterity is poignant, soulful and playful all at once. Her songwriting, and guitar and ukelele performance are entrancing. Anyone who has sees her play will feel fortunate to have done so."
Pamela Bentley, Impresaria