Following the release of his V-Day-themed project ‘Lines for Valentines,’ Boosie Badazz adds a verse to Alabama-based songstress Alexia Jayy’s on the 2023 version of her TikTok viral single “I Need A Man.” Already given the stamp of approval by Kodak Black, the latest interpretation of the James “Jay Lyriq” Cohen co-written & Abraham Poythress-produced ballot possesses the perfect balance of righteousness and ratchetness. [Photo Credit: Timeless Imagery]
When asked about the song’s central theme, the southern belle reveals:
“This record for me is about being OK with the fact that I wanted something different and genuine. Something that makes me happy. I feel like a lot of people are afraid to talk about the things they need. We don’t really talk about needing a man or needing anybody. I wanted people to understand that it’s OK to want love for themselves. It’s OK to want somebody to treat you the way you’re supposed to be treated.”
Raised in a small town called Irvington, music found Alexia very quickly. Her family has maintained long-standing roots in the close-knit quarters, which she describes as “super peaceful with a lot of cows, pigs, trees, crickets, frogs, and stars at night.” Her grandfather, Ben Dixon, became the first settler in the area. Owning and running sawmills, he donated land to the middle school, which now bears his name. Additionally, her family comprises the bulk of the congregation at the local community church where her uncle serves as pastor. At two years old, Alexia sang her first solo in church.
Growing up, her mother encouraged her to perform as much as possible. That encouragement and her raw talent resulted in winning the world-famous “Amateur Night” at The Apollo as well as talent shows in Washington, D.C., Hollywood, and beyond. At nine years old, she joined the local gospel group Grace and they released the Keith Bivens-directed visual for “Luke Warm,” which has now collected nearly 2M views.
Upon graduating from high school, she embraced R&B wholeheartedly. Inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Sam Cooke, she kept honing her voice. Following the birth of her son, she pursued this dream to the fullest and began sharing clips of her singing on social media. Among those clips, she shared an acapella performance of her original song “Who Raised You?.”
Shortly after sharing the video she was introduced to the masses by way of a repost on social media from Chris Brown. If that wasn’t enough to put critics on notice, studio sessions with Rico Love, a co-sign from Jazmin Sullivan, and winning Muni Long’s ‘Open Verse’ challenge which led to her singing backup for the Def Jam recording artist’s debut performance on The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon all followed.
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