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Conversations with Xanthe Alexis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Xanthe Alexis.

Hi Xanthe, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I was raised in a very musical and spiritual family. My father is a devout Catholic and my mother is Greek/Métis, which is French Native American. Our home was full of music and tradition. I was always a writer and a very creative child. I had a large family and spent a lot of my time alone in nature in my imagination.

I began writing in my teen years. I was involved in musical theater and studied classical voice. When I was 18, I dropped out of college to do a pilgrimage walk across America. I had my first that next year at 19 and my life shifted to motherhood. I continued to write and began studying birth work and got my training to be a midwife. When my second child’s father and I divorced I was in my late twenties and decided to put all my energy into music.

I begin touring as a backup singer nationally and then created a duo act called the hopeful heroines that I toured with for four years and even went to France! Then, I began writing solo work and put out the time of war in 2017. To my shock, it had a great response and I put out The Offering in 2020. Which has given me such an amazing adventure.

I have a new record that my collaborators Ian and Conor Bourgal and I are back in the studio for called Lover’s Mark and it’s my favorite record I’ve written. I also run a wellness center with my family here in Colorado Springs, continue to do birth and end of life work and my oldest sons are now graduating high school and college.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, it has definitely not been a smooth road but I don’t think any journey worth taking ever is. I think a lot of the struggles were internal. Learning how to present the work I want to give the world in a way that is meaningful and doesn’t take from my own sense of well-being and balance.

The music business can be eroding so many aspects of ourselves. I did struggle with the readily available alcohol and I had to give that up six years ago. I also struggled to find my footing as a woman on the road and learn how to be tough and assertive and professional and let people know I mean business and take myself seriously as an artist. I think also balancing children and work is a challenge for anyone in any field.

I’ve had to learn what’s most important and even though I love to hear my music on the radio and have it be shared around the world, I need to make sure what’s happening inside my home is the most important thing because none of it means anything if that home space isn’t strong for my children.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a professional and thank the universe I am a touring musician again! I set out for my first National tour in two years in July !! I am a somatic trauma resolution therapist, end of life and birth worker and I teach music, write poetry, and essays, and am working on a book of poems for after I release the next record. I am very proud of the record I released in 2020, the offering.

This is a very intimate collection of songs that I wrote during the time I was doing the most in-depth healing in my own personal life. I was released during the pandemic because I knew it had the potential to assist and uplift people in such a dark time.

The response to that record, The critical Acclaim, the radio response, all the beautiful articles and interviews, all the people I’ve met because of the songs and how they’ve touched people’s lives. It’s been inspiring beyond belief. I think what sets me apart is that I do live a dual life as a musician and healer.

Because I work with people who are in crisis I am always looking through the lens of how we can perceive something differently and work to make it better. It also helps me balance the intensity of the music business because I get to really be with people in a way that truly matters in my practice at The Wellness Center.

It keeps me grounded and in the heart of service.

What do you think about luck?
Oh, luck or prayer or intention or listening for inner guidance, these things are the center point of my life. I do believe that luck often has a copilot of preparedness and willingness. I have always been led by a northern star that guides me to do as much good with my life as I possibly can.

The bad luck has been an equally effective teacher. If I would’ve not gone through the pain of my life experiences I would not be able to write the music that touches people or be a practitioner who has the availability to truly assist someone.

I do believe we make our own luck but I also know my luck good and bad is in direct proportion to my ability to listen to the Higher Power within me who knows and sees so much farther than I am able to on my own.

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Matt Chmielarczyk, Inaiah Lujan, and Harvey Robinson

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