Remington's World > R&B Artist: Alii Fairchild
Some artists say, music is life. Well, at that particular moment in time when their career is flourishing, it may very well be. However music is what helped to mold the artist, full name Alexandria Marie Fairchild, Alii for short, into the person she is today. In short, music moves. It is this soulful impact music can have on a young girls spirit that has inspired Alii to reach the heights she has to date.
Alii grew up on Long Island (NY). Noticing a musical inclination, Alii’s mother enrolled her daughter in private piano instruction at the age of 4. She began playing the violin in orchestra during elementary school. Alii was chosen to be a part of an All-County choir for elite singers at the age of 11. Music was a natural talent. With the help of patient guidance from parents and teachers alike, it was able to shine within her from a young age.
Throughout middle and high school, Alii continued in her musical pursuits. Although she received numerous recognitions, such as solos in both voice and violin, participation in All-County festivals for choir, orchestra, and jazz music ensembles, and high grades on NYSSMA (The New York State School Music Association) evaluations, it was the peace, serenity, and consistency music provided in a somewhat turbulent world that appealed to Alii the most.
Continuing on with her education, Alii attended SUNY Purchase majoring Psychology in 2007. She became a member of the Soul Voice Ensemble, an eclectic mix of students from all different majors that came together to bring the Good message of Gospel music to the college. It was during this time of self exploration where Alii decided her true passion lied in singing. Not to mention witnessing artists such as Jadakiss and Cameron perform during what is similar modern-day Woodstock at Purchase college, called Culture Shock.
As she approaches graduation in May 2012, she has been preparing her senior thesis on children and help seeking behaviors. Tying this into her music career, one of the main goals of her music is to reach out to children. In particular, she wants to empower young women. Growing up unusually gifted, shy and somewhat awkward, Alii suffered from self-esteem issues due to pressures of peers and society to “fit in” when she was clearly on a different level of talent and maturity. However, she was able to use her musical talents to create self worth and accomplishment, and hopes to inspire the next generation to do the same with the music she makes.
Alii became inspired to create her own material towards the end of her Sophmore year in college. Her lyrics express a disheartened view of the past, while still maintaining a childlike hope for the future. Alii believes that every woman should feel special, pretty, feminine and be put on a pedestal, without having to resort to desperate cries of attention and antics. Alii has a sexy subtlety that is missing in the music industry, something that went out in the 1990s, perhaps with the passing of the great Aaliyah, or the di-virgin zing of former good-girl pop queen Ms. Britney Spears. She is the good girl that is not afraid to be good, as well as let her voice and inner beauty stand on their own two feet. A message that is lost to young girls growing up in a “sex-sells” rather than “be yourselves” type of world.
Alii worked her way up in the music industry, while networking and found her inner voice and unique sound. She made connections with now business associate Lydell “Mokablast” Birch. In working with him, she discovered an inner rebel/punk mixed with a soul-child she never knew existed, and from that point on, Alii’s music has taken on a life of it’s own. Credits including her single “Ride 4 Him (Die 4 Him)” featuring Young Money artist Jae Millz, and “Fly,” both available for download at www.digiwaxx.com. She has worked with engineers such as Poobs from Dblock, and her home base is at Sitting on Music in Brooklyn, recording with Craig Mitchell (who has worked very closely with Millz, producing the hit, “Green Goblin” by Jae Millz ft. Chris Brown). She is currently working on her album, including the smash Lame Boi, which includes a feature from none other than oringinal member of the diplomats Mr. Jim Jones.