I have been a music critic for almost 15 years, and I have never experienced a more powerful debut as Alexis Keegan's new EP Clean SLATE. The music grabs you from the first note and runs like a freight train of intensity all the way until the final note. Keegan's voice is a powerhouse that is part Diana Ross and part Celine Dion. Her lyrics obviously come from the heart and are instantly identifiable with the listener. Whether upbeat or power ballad, this EP has them both in spades. I cannot get enough!
Keegan chose the clever title of her EP to reflect two powerful currents in her life: making the choice to move from the East Coast to pursue her career in Los Angeles, and the idea, artfully expressed with the acronym SLATE, of “Seeking Life After The End” of a relationship -- a driving theme in many of her songs. This five track EP embraces and adds a rock edge to her early R&B roots, lays her soul bare and turns her personal losses into universal expressions of hope.
Three of the tunes developed out of the exciting working relationship Keegan has with fellow Jersey native, pop songwriter and mega producer Bianco. While hanging in the studio with Bianco and his protégé Zach Hannah, she co-wrote the soaring mid-tempo ballad Worry No More, the high intensity pop-rocker Don’t Need You Now (my personal favorite) and the lush piano driven ballad Are You Gonna Love Me.
The other two tracks were penned with Williams, another talented songwriter/producer: the hypnotic, piano driven power ballad Your Name In My Heartbeat and the subtle yet emotionally devastating Just A Little (which could go head to head with Diana Ross).
“The music I was doing before was straight up pop/dance music,” Keegan says, “mostly talking about clubbing and drinking, going out with friends, and that sort of thing. The songs I’m writing now are about feelings and issues I really care about at this point in my life – love, heartbreak, losing people you love – emotions and situations that are meaningful and that I’ve experienced as I have matured as a person and artist. The sound is different too. Now it’s more focused on the vocals with more of an R&B/soul/rock vibe. I feel like I have finally found my niche in this style.”
Watch for this amazing artist coming soon to a radio dial near you and don't miss the chance to catch her on the road right now. Be advised - her NYC and Philadelphia shows sold out, so get your tickets early.