Growing up in a musical family, Alexis Jessica Morrast made the world take notice of her musical prowess as the winner of “Showtime At The Apollo.” The youngest of six, she began singing at the age of three.
She has taken the stage throughout the world in prominent venues, including Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; Cape Town, South Africa; and Austria.
Enjoy Our Q&A
You’ve performed in some prominent places with some remarkable people. Is there a performance that sticks out in your mind as particularly memorable?
I’ve been blessed to perform in many amazing places, but one performance that stuck out for me was Showtime at the Apollo. To have the opportunity to perform on the same stage that so many icons have performed was life-changing, not to mention having my family be a part of this experience was incredible.
We know you grew up in a musical family. When did you know you wanted to pursue this as a career? Did you always know you were going to become a professional jazz vocalist someday?
I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue music as a career because of the love my family and I share for it. I was always surrounded by it, so to make it a career just seemed natural. It’s something that I love and enjoy, and I’ve known that since my first talent show at the age of nine.
I didn’t always know that I was going to become a professional jazz vocalist. It wasn’t until I joined the jazz band at my school that I considered taking jazz seriously. I was always listening to every genre of music, but jazz stuck out, and I’m glad it did.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to celebrating this year?
This year I’m looking forward to enjoying old traditions and creating new ones. Now that I’m a college student studying at Berklee College of Music, when I come home for Thanksgiving, my family and I will go and pick a Christmas tree and decorate it. Decorating the tree while listening to all the classics is my favorite holiday tradition.
This concert is filled with so many great songs that bring back wonderful memories for people. Is there a song in this concert that you particularly love?
This concert is filled with Christmas classics I love, but my favorite is “The Christmas Song”. It’s a beautiful song to bring in the holiday cheer and spirit.