We got up close and personal with yet another incredible and inspiring young woman. We are so excited for you to get to know this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY, Aleesia! This multi-talented girl is a Pop-Indie singer, songwriter and dancer from Canada. Aleesia has always had an intrinsic sense of fearlessness and found her confidence at a very young age by simply doing her own thing. This amazing girl values honesty and authenticity, and she’s not afraid to tell you how it is or to be exactly who she is. What we admire most about Aleesia is how strongly she values her family and friends. Regardless of how busy life gets, she always makes her relationships a priority. This passionate girl made the commitment to dedicate herself to her music career early in life and we love how her super positive and bubbly spirit have always been integrated into the vibe of her music.
Aleesia has toured across Canada and her songs “Life Of The Party” and “Kiss It Bye Bye" feat. Big Sean, were two of her biggest hits on the radio. She is the contributing songwriter and featured vocalist on “Gold Skies” by Martin Garrix, DVBBS and Sander Vam Doorn, “Love Me Loud” by Robin Schulz, “Echoes” by Canadian boys Wayfloe and “Papers” by Dan Talevski. She has had the amazing opportunity to perform alongside Sir Elton John and open for artists including Bruno Mars, Adam Lambert, Kardinal Offishall, and Shawn Desman. She also just released two new tracks called “Loose Screws” and “Thank You” on all streaming platforms. Do your ears a favor and click on this link to take a listen! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAjsXyUWQzY
Aleesia is undeniably focused on achieving her goals and dreams. She is a reminder to all of us to work hard for what we want but to also have fun in the process! Life is about balance; make time for the people you love and most importantly make time for yourself. Aleesia believes in feeding your imagination by taking breaks, exploring new creative outlets and nourishing yourself with optimism. This superstar girl attributes her badass outlook to the strong female influences in her life that have motivated her to keep her standards high. Thank you Aleesia for unapologetically sharing your passions and talents with the world and for reminding us that embracing uncertainty often leads to a life filled with magic and opportunity!
Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and why?
Musically speaking, Beyoncé. All hail the QUEEN! I was a huge fan since Destiny’s Child and she’s a great female in music to look up to as a little girl. She commands the stage and exudes confidence and strength, which is inspiring to me. I’m also really lucky to have had two older sisters growing up, & a boss-lady mom who paved the way for me. I learned by example to keep my standards high, and to always make sure my brain was bigger than my booty.
What do you do every day to keep your energy and spirits high?
I make sure I live a balanced life; being in the music industry can be, for lack of a better cliché, a roller coaster ride. So I make sure I take days to spend time with my family, take my niece for a play date or binge watch a show with my bf. I love to explore photography and crafting. I exercise (almostttt) daily and I make sure to maintain relationships with my closest friends. That is all really important to me. I have many passions in life, music being one of them, but I believe it’s important to feed your creativity with other passions & take time for your mind to replenish itself by taking a break to do other things that fill you with positivity.
How has dance helped shape you into the singer and performer you are today?
SO much so. I feel like dance was my first form of self-expression. Before I knew how to put my feelings down on paper and write melodies, I was telling my truth through dance. So being able to use them both, hand in hand is not only helpful in my stage performance, but it feels good. I visualize music, so if my mind doesn’t envision movement to the track I’m writing, I know it’s not right yet – I can attribute that to the 8-count in my bones, for sure. Aside from the more technical aspects, like rhythm & stage presence, dance also gave me an amazing sense of confidence & self, which is the biggest reason why I still love it so much.
Why is it important for women to pursue their passions? Can you tell us about the journey you went on pursuing music at such a young age?
I honestly believe there is power in happiness. And for me, pursuing my passion, no matter how uncertain that makes my future, is what fulfills me and makes me happy. I started writing at 16, then releasing my own music when I was 19 years old, and as things started to pick up, I had to make the decision of either going on a tour I was offered, or staying in school. It wasn’t an easy one, because the importance of education was always ingrained in me. But I knew, in my gut I had been wearing myself too thin, and had to put my everything into my music in order to grow as an artist and move forward in my career. As women, when we step outside of our comfort zones, trust our instincts and are unafraid to share our talents and passions with the world, we are undeniable. People can’t deny authenticity. And as a human, I don’t think it’s fair to deprive your soul of happiness. So, that’s why I started this crazy journey, and why I’m still here doing what I love!
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
I think it’s a girl who laughs when she hears the word “no”; a girl who is comfortable in her skin; a woman who supports other women and who believes in herself; a force who is unafraid to speak her mind; someone who is unapologetically herself and who doesn’t let anybody, EVER mispronounce her name.