BET's Sunday Best, season five runner up Alexis Spight has completed recording her debut album, "L.O.L.: Living Out Loud," which will be released March 12. The 19-year-old is signed to Music World Gospel. Her newly released single, "Imagine Me," is her take on Kirk Franklin's song, which she performed on the show. She is also offering fans a preview of her next single and video, "Steady," a song she wrote that she describes as a prayer to keep her grounded and in God's will, when the world is pulling her in different directions.
"It's a song that applies to my life in all areas because it's about being comfortable and confident in who I am and who God made me to be," she says. "I grew up listening to and admiring Kirk Franklin. To sing that song in front of him was an honor."
Spight describes her experience on Sunday Best as "amazing" and "surreal" from beginning to end. "I remember getting in line and seeing 2,000 people ahead of me and getting very discouraged." She made it to the final and was first runner-up. "Even though I didn't win, I thank God for the platform that it provided, it really opened doors for me," she says. "I'm so grateful for the relationships and tutelage I received on the show. To be mentored and judged by people of such great stature was very, very humbling."
She is also thankful for Joshua Rogers, the 18-year-old contestant who claimed the number one spot in the competition. "Josh is my brother until the wheels fall off of everything," she says. "It's great to know that there are other young people who love God as much as I do."
Alexis has a musical style that is as unique and eclectic as her look, and that is by design. She believes her music and her look may attract people to God who might not feel like they belong in more traditional church settings. "My style is for everyone, but specifically for those who are different, those who some would consider outcasts at church or even by society," she says. "The gospel music industry has to use different methods to get different results. Adding music and musicians with a sense of uniqueness can get those souls who are unique. I'm just trying to do what the Bible says-go out and compel men."
The singer lives in Kansas City, where her father pastors Madden Temple Church of God in Christ, and also pastors the Greater Faith and Deliverance Ministries in Binghamton, New York. Alexis continues to hone her songwriting skills. Some of her original compositions are featured on her upcoming album. Her next single and video is "Steady," a song she wrote that she describes as a prayer to keep her grounded and in His will, when the world is pulling her in different directions.
The singer says that her music is her ministry and that her number one goal is to "win souls for the kingdom." She also wants to make sure that the message in her music ministry remains clear: "You can be as different and unique as God made you and still love-and be loved by-God, so you can be bold and confident in your uniqueness."