"I don’t feel sorry for being who I am”, proclaims sharp-tongued singer, guitarist and songwriter, Alexx Calise. Delivering a sound that is both fresh and uniquely her own, Calise combines crunchy rock riffs with probing lyrics and hooky pop melodies.
Told throughout most of her career to not play guitar as much or at all, and to pursue a more “proven” musical direction, Calise instead chose to focus even more so on her instrument, practicing some 5-6 hours a day, and follow the only direction she knew how to—her own.
Countless film and TV placements and millions of Youtube hits later, Calise has proven that her torchy vocals, gritty guitar work and heart-and-soul lyrics are enough to make an incredible international impact, even as a completely independent artist.
Calise's hit song "Cry"--which became a web phenomenon almost overnight (spawning hundreds of covers, tributes and dance routines) after it appeared on the Lifetime show “Dance Moms”—-charted at #64 on the iTunes US Rock Chart, and its official video features "Dance Moms" star, Maddie Ziegler, who danced to the song in several episodes of the show.
Calise's 3rd solo effort, "AC3" (which signifies Calise's 3rd album, and also shows her affinity for her Vox AC-30 guitar amp) goes back to the chanteuse's alt-grunge roots, and showcases her vocal prowess, impressive guitar chops and exponential growth as a songwriter. Produced entirely at home by Calise and producer/engineer, Wes Michener (Puddle of Mudd, Marilyn Manson, Pixie Lott), AC3 is a refreshingly honest and raw record, and shows a side of Calise that fans have yet to see.
Calise’s music has appeared on a multitude of different shows such as “Dance Moms” (Lifetime), "Dance Moms: Miami" (Lifetime), "Last Call With Carson Daly" (NBC), "The Voice" (NBC), Audrina” (Vh1), "Tough Love" (Vh1), “NY Ink” (TLC), “Next” (MTV), "10 on Top" (MTV), “One Tree Hill” (CW), "Texas Women" (CMT) and in the upcoming feature film, “LA, I Hate You” starring Malcolm McDowell and William Forsythe.