Reflection & Growth: Alexandra Kay Heads Into 2023 Grateful (Interview)
As she’s been an artist for several years, Alexandra Kay has genuinely seen the forefront of her hard work paying off in 2022.
With “scream-in-your-car” songs like “Skip This Part” and “Backroad Therapy,” the singer-songwriter has built a fan base across TikTok and while out on the road that continues to make to her a blazing woman within the genre.
Looking Back On 2022
What new skills did you learn? I have been incredibly blessed with many opportunities to perform for and connect with my fans in 2022. Through these experiences, I continue to develop stronger people skills and a deep sense of empathy for others as the touring life puts you in front of so many different people… I have learned how to connect with my audience and create a meaningful experience for them, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my music with so many people. I am constantly learning and growing as an artist, and I am truly thankful for the incredible opportunities that have come my way.
What was your favorite moment? My favorite moment this year was definitely making my Grand Ole Opry debut. The Grand Ole Opry is an iconic organization in the world of country music, and it has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. To be able to step on that stage and share my music with that audience was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was an incredible feeling to be able to perform at such an iconic venue and to be welcomed into the Opry family. It is a moment that I will never forget, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity.
What are you the proudest of this year? Getting to step inside the Grand Ole Opry Circle was a dream come true. I’m very proud that I never gave up on that dream.
What did you learn about yourself? I’ve learned that I’m capable of much more than I ever thought possible. I’ve always worked extremely hard, but when you do what you love surrounded by people that believe in you… you quickly realize that anything is possible.
How did you fail? In the social media world, you are bound to “fail” when you are creating and documenting so often. I think it’s important to fail as often as you can, and not get discouraged when you do make mistakes. How you grow and learn from those failures is what really matters.
What would you do differently if you could? If I could do anything differently this year, I don’t think I would change a thing. I believe that everything happens for a reason and that the experiences and challenges we face are meant to shape and mold us into the person we are meant to become. While I may sometimes feel like I need to do more, I know that I am doing the best I can with the circumstances and opportunities that are presented to me. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned and the growth I have experienced this year, and I am excited to see what the future holds.
If you were to talk about this year like a story, how would you write it? I would say that this year has been like a fairytale. I got to go on an amphitheater tour with a country music legend, Tim McGraw, Russell Dickerson, and Brandon Davis. I also was direct support for Clay Walker and Tracy Lawrence! To performing at sold-out shows and receiving overwhelming support from my fans, it truly feels like a dream come true. Despite the challenges and uncertainties, I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have come my way.
What energized you? What drained you? What energized me this year was definitely hearing the stories of my fans and how my music has impacted their lives. It is incredibly inspiring to know that my art is resonating with people on a personal level and that it is making a difference in their lives. Knowing that my music is helping people through difficult times or bringing them joy is the most rewarding feeling and it truly energizes me to continue creating.
This year was the constant travel and the challenges of balancing content creation with being a friend, companion, and good human being. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling and performing, but it can be exhausting and it can be difficult to maintain relationships and take care of myself while on the road. It is a constant balancing act, but I am learning to prioritize my health and well-being and to make time for the people and things that matter most to me.
What advice would you give your last-year self? If I could go back and give advice to my last-year self, I would say to trust the journey and to stay true to yourself. As an artist, it can be tempting to try and conform to what is popular or expected, but it is important to stay true to your authentic self and to tell your own stories through your music. The road to success is not always smooth, but it is important to stay focused and to keep working hard.
Stepping Fresh Into 2023
What do you want to accomplish? I have a few follower metrics on social media that I would like to accomplish in 2023. I want to hit 3 million followers on Facebook, 1 million on Instagram, 1 million subscribers on YouTube, and 5 million followers on TikTok. It’s all about connecting with people and sharing what I love, and I think there are plenty of people that could really benefit from it.
Which existing relationships do you want to focus on? I’m excited to grow and evolve with my manager, band, and creative team, and reach new heights we never dreamed of. My team and I are pumped to keep bringing our music to folks all across the country and even around the world. Can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!
What career opportunities do you want to create for yourself? I don’t know exactly where this journey will take me, but I am committed to staying true to myself and working hard to achieve my goals. Whether that means releasing new music, going on more tours, acting in films and television shows, or pursuing other creative ventures, I will not stop until I have made a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.
How will you help others? I hope to continue to impact more and more people with my music and storytelling through more music and live shows. My journey has been long and slow, despite what many on social media think… and I think that’s an important story of perseverance to tell.
What skills do you want to learn? I know how to play the guitar, but performing in front of a crowd is something I’m fully confident in. I’ve been thinking maybe one day I’ll take the plunge and try it out. We’ll see!
How will you take care of yourself? Songwriting is a powerful way for me to heal myself, and connect with others who may be going through similar struggles. I want to continue to prioritize my mental and emotional well-being by surrounding myself with supportive people and engaging in activities that bring me joy and relaxation. By taking care of myself, I am better able to connect with my fans and share my music with the world.