Alexis Hightower delivers passionate acoustic soul for “me-time,” be it bath-by-candlelight or a secluded iPod destination. The Tennessee-born singer was raised in a music-loving family in Los Angeles, and got her start performing in the late-nineties NYC café-poetry scene as a soulful muse for the poet Saul Williams. Alexis has shared stages with top-tier jazz musicians like Roy Hargrove, mesmerizing audiences with a dancer’s grace. Her earthy soprano recalls the twangy tones of Randy Crawford and the less-is-more crooning of fellow Cali chanteuse Goapele. Last month, Alexis released her Lucy’s Blues EP on iTunes. It’s a wonderfully intimate six-song collection that she wrote in late-night solitude at a piano in her Brooklyn home, then recorded with a five-piece band. The result is a feast of sexy, life-affirming ballads that will make you feel Alexis’s worldly woman blues deep down where it counts.—Sun Singleton

Get in tune with Alexis Hightower at AlexisHightower.com, her Facebook page and Twitter @A_Hightower_.

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