Lexi Todd
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Lexi Todd

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
Solo Pop Soul





We stare down a black and white-saturated street at the onset of the new music video for Lexi Todd’s sensible pop single “Window Shopping,” but it isn’t long before Todd herself comes strutting down the sidewalk, her virtuosic, jazz-inspired vocal triggering a flood of color that washes over the screen instantly. There’s a confidence to her walk, a charismatic glow to her gaze, but once she starts to sing it’s difficult to keep up with anything that’s going on around her in the video. She’ll soon encounter a photographer who’s more than willing to take a few shots of her atop a bench and share a dance under the autumn sunlight, a phone-distracted new friend who can dish out as seamless a step as Todd can, and a rich urban backdrop that is arguably as evocative and spellbinding as any of the characters in this piece are. Lexi Todd is utterly charming and aesthetically unguarded in “Window Shopping,” and personally I think I would have to rank this track and its stunning video among the smartest releases she’s attached her name to.

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The music video for “Window Shopping” is a wonderful watch (particularly when considering just how dismal a season it’s been for similarly-stylized content out of the mainstream and underground alike), but the real star is undisputedly its soundtrack. The gentle percussive nudge that starts off the song is reminiscent of a nervous lover’s heartbeat, while the textured guitar melody is possibly more humble and homespun than any I’ve heard all year long. There’s a slight contrast between the cutting vocal attack that Todd employs here and the rather airy instrumental melodies in the background, but it doesn’t create a discordant harmonization at all – in fact, quite the opposite.

There’s a multilayered feel to this single that I haven’t found in a lot of pop music recently, and it goes well beyond the role that the master mix plays. Compositionally speaking, this is probably the most complex and artistically-demanding song that Lexi Todd has recorded thus far in her career, but rather than sounding even moderately inept or unprepared for the task at hand, her performance translates as commanding, assertive and full of swagger from start to finish.

In this latest release, Todd not only flexes some serious lyrical muscle through her ever-evolving poetry – which we find at its most carefree in “Window Shopping” – but maximizes her melodic strengths as well in a vocal showcase that any serious pop fan should take a peek at this October. Both the song itself and its music video are well-produced and efficiently mixed with a heavy focus on the captivating lead vocal, but I don’t think that industrial polish has anything to do with why this material shines as brightly as it does. Make no mistake about it; Lexi Todd is still finding her signature sound, but there’s a certain fierceness to her approach here that is quite indicative of a songwriter who knows what she wants her music to be. Her moxie deserves a big round of applause, as does her brilliant arrangement of rhythm and rhyme in this opulent fall ballad. - Hollywood Digest

"An Interview With The Promising Singer-Songwriter LEXI TODD!"

Meet the NYC songwriter, Lexi Todd! Her latest single release is “Madonna.” She is a badass music attorney by day and soul powerhouse by night. This new single is all about shattering industry standards and women securing a place for themselves at the table.
Lexi performs nightly either as a solo vocalist or with the funk band Chevy Lopez. She’s a unique blend of Neo-soul and jazz-pop; very similar to Sela Sue, Joss Stone and Nina Simone.
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Learn more about Lexi Todd in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you?
Thanks for having me! I’m sitting in my home studio in Brooklyn.
Now that we are more then half-way through the year, how has 2019 been treating you? What are some goals that you have for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them?
2019 has been really productive. I made a lot of goals this year: to meditate and exercise daily, to spend more time creating and less time on energy-draining relationships, and to release new music that I believe in. I’m doing better at reaching some goals than others. I just released a song that I’m really excited about, but as a result I’ve been running around like crazy for the release and slipping a bit on my other goals. I feel good about 2019 though. I’m proud of my progress so far.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
I always wanted to sing. I actually can’t remember life before wanting to make music. My parents can each carry a tune, but no one in my family is very musical. I, on the other hand, started singing as soon as I could talk and would put on shows for the whole family. I think I started asking for voice lessons when I was in kindergarten, and music was always super important to me. I was always in choirs, bands, guitar lessons, writing, recording etc.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
This question really hits home, because this has been the struggle of my adult life. Despite always being so immersed in music growing up, I panicked when it came time to go to college. In the final hour, I decided not to go to school for music and chose to study something more “practical.” That lead to me studying political science and philosophy, which lead to debate, which lead to law school. I was in a band the whole time, and music was still important to me, but I totally succumbed to the societal norms and pressures around me telling me that as a young adult I should do something practical, get a “good” job, be financially stable, pay off my loans, and so on. For whatever reason, I believed all of that would make me happy.
In my first semester of law school it hit me that I really just wanted to do music full-time, and nothing else would make me as happy. But I had a full scholarship to law school, and subsidized school housing in Brooklyn, so I decided to finish law school while pursuing music. I’m now a music attorney that’s still trying to be a full-time musician. It’s crazy to me now that it took me all those years to realize something I always knew as a kid, but here I am going for it now.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest surprise has probably been how small the industry is, yet how difficult it still is to break through. At least in NYC, it feels like every time I meet someone new in the music industry, it only takes a few minutes to figure out who our mutual connections are. I really love that because it feels like there’s a community. On the flip side, it’s still so hard to gain any traction, and what works for one person doesn’t work for another. It’s tough sometimes to figure out what to do next, even with the advice of the greater music community.

Let’s talk about your latest single, “Madonna.” What was the inspiration for this track? How did it go from being an idea in your head to a full blown song?
“Madonna” is about defying stereotypes, and I hope everyone that has ever been put in a box relates to the song on some level. For me, it’s about saying ‘screw you’ to all of the critics–particularly male critics–in the music industry that over the years have tried to tell me what I can and can’t do based on gender norms or superficial considerations. I’ve realized recently that a lot of the time I spent in undergrad and law school being unsure about myself and afraid to really take music seriously stemmed from all the negative criticism I was harboring over the years, from my closest male music collaborator telling me I’d need to lose 20 pounds before I would ever make it, to industry professionals telling me to sound more like the latest Top 40 pop star.
The point is, I’ve had some people give me hurtful “advice” over the years, and they did some damage. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to realize that they were wrong, that I know exactly who I am, that I think what I’m doing is dope, and that all I can do is be myself. I think because I’m finally living and thinking that way, this song just poured out of me. My writing partner, Ryan, sent me a voice memo of something he had worked out with some of my other band members, and I immediately came up with the hook as I was walking down the street listening to it on headphones. I went home, chopped up and rearranged the voice memo, and finished writing the lyrics that day. I got to skip the sometimes painful process of coming up with a concept and turning that into a song for this one; it was just how I was thinking and feeling, and so it came out naturally.
Tell us about the music video for “Madonna”!
Yes! I worked with this awesome husband and wife team that specializes in vintage film, and we shot the whole thing on expired vintage film. The vintage film gives it such a cool authentic feeling, and I’m pumped to get it released.
Do you plan to release more new music soon and a full collection of new songs?
Now that I have a clear vision of my music and mission, the plan for the foreseeable future is to roll out a bunch of singles. I want to lay the foundation of who Lexi Todd is, and the best way for me to do that right now is to release song by song. I’d love to release a new single every other month for a year. I’m working on my next single now!
I’d love to know more about how you have been able to balance being a music attorney and a musician. How do you think these two careers work together for you? How have you been able to successfully do both? Is hard finding the time to actively do both?
I’ve actually only recently opened up about being a music attorney publicly. Until now, I’ve tried not to tell anyone in music about what I do during the day. Mostly because people seem to think I’m less serious about music because I have a “serious” day job (there are those stereotypes again!). Understanding how music deals come about, what the important deal points are, how music royalties actually work, and what the marketplace is like is obviously invaluable as a musician, and the connections I make as an attorney have often proved valuable for my music career. To be totally honest though, it’s really difficult doing both, and I’m often frustrated trying to squeeze in all of my music time around my day job. My goal in life is still to support myself by doing music full-time, but for the time being it’s a balancing act.
Where can people see you perform next? Do you plan to tour at all this summer or later this year? What has been a favorite performance of yours so far?
I had a string of more intimate showcases this summer. I really enjoy doing stripped performances because it’s easier to connect with the audience and show them who you really are. I performed at iHeart Radio’s Dunkin’ Donuts Lounge on August 7 and at a songwriter’s showcase at Cafe Feit in Brooklyn on August 22. Now I want to take the rest of the summer to focus on smaller showcases and getting my next single out, but then I’d love to get a local tour together for the winter!
My favorite performance so far was definitely my unofficial showcase at SXSW this past year. I performed with the full band outdoors at the Torchy’s Tacos/DoorDash activation, and it was such a cool set-up with outdoor furniture and free drinks. Everyone in the audience had a great time and I got a really positive response from audience members. Throughout that week people would come up to me like “you were the Torchy’s Tacos girl! That was my favorite performance so far at SouthBy”. I plan to go back to SXSW next year and play as many showcases as possible.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
I have grown so much since I first started making music. I always knew I loved singing and writing music, but I never knew why. I think that figuring out who I am has really informed my music and artistry. I’m so much more confident in every decision I make now, and I can feel the momentum finally picking up and heading in the right direction. In the past, I’ve sort of just felt like the wheels were turning, but I wasn’t getting anywhere.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now? What has social media done for your career?
Something I always used to say is that I hate that social media presence is a part of the job description now because it wasn’t for so many of my idols; they could just worry about the music. Yes, I wish that were still the case, and that I didn’t have to set a daily reminder on my phone to post everyday, but I’m trying not to complain about it as much now. Sometimes it’s overwhelming…I only recently made a Twitter account because I just couldn’t take another account.
Overall, I understand the importance of social media and the potential for connecting with new fans through it. My favorite way to connect with fans is on Instagram. I love that it’s pictures first and words second. My whole life is words as a lawyer and a singer/songwriter, and I appreciate the visual nature of Instagram. It’s also been a really useful tool in finding new people to collaborate with. I met the “Madonna” creative team I mentioned before on Instagram.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I’d love to work with Raveena, who I recently discovered. I’ve also loved Nai Palm and Hiatus Kaiyote since “Nakamarra” made its way to the US. I’m inspired by Your Smith, Emily King, Lake Street Dive, Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers and so many more. The list is extensive and I’m constantly updating my inspiration playlists. I have one that’s on my Spotify artist profile called “Females I Fux With” if you want to hear more!
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
A trippy yoga retreat in an amazing outdoor location somewhere overlooking the water. Full of nature and cool visual effects. I’m from the beach originally, so that surfer/stoner/free-spirited culture is something I’m always trying to fuse with my more cosmopolitan sensibilities/style.
Where would you absolutely love to hear one of your songs? On a TV show, in a movie or elsewhere?
I love So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance. I used to dance as a kid, and it’s something I still really connect with. It would be incredible to see original choreography to my music on live TV.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Inspiration to break boundaries and stand up for themselves, but also permission to just be. I’m a feminist woman that’s passionate about voicing a strong female perspective, whether that’s with an anthem to empowerment like “Madonna” or a song about working through self-doubt, like one of the songs I’m currently working on. I want people to take away that it’s OK to be a multi-faceted person; you can express all of your emotions and still be you.
Would you like to share anything else with our readers about your music?
That home studio I mentioned before? It’s a closet. I write most of my songs in here and it’s where I hang my guitars, but it’s also filled with my clothes, shoes, etc. This is NYC after all. - All Access Music

"Lexi Todd Lends Voice To Domestic Violence Survivors With Deeply Personal EP ‘Maria, Immured’"

By: Shayla Lee

“With this project, I literally lent my voice to those that have survived domestic violence.”

Brooklyn-based musician and women’s rights activist Lexi Todd is seeking to empower others through the release of her deeply personal EP ‘Maria, Immured.’ With the hopes of inspiring other women to hold their abusers accountable, Lexi was determined to share the outside perspective she had experienced after witnessing a close friend experience domestic abuse. ‘Maria, Immured’ contains three songs which tell the heartbreaking story of what her friend went through, and what many other women unfortunately go through as well.

Weaving through production elements of r&b, rock, and pop with Lexi’s soulful, soaring voice, ‘Maria, Immured’ is not only an EP that addresses an extremely important topic, it is also a delight to listen to. We had the chance to chat with Lexi and she broke down the EP for us, told us what inspired her to create the project, and explained the hardships she has experienced as a woman in the music industry. - femmeriot.com

"PREMIERE: Lexi Todd “Complacent”"

Have you noticed a sudden trend of “blacked out” Facebook profile pictures? You may have received a few messages about this one, encouraging you to show followers a “world without women.” October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and already there’s some confusion on how people can support victims of domestic violence. For musician Lexi Todd, the answer is through music.

“You’d think that after all this time / you would learn to accept the fact he’ll always burn you / but you never face him,” Todd croons over a slick piano groove. As she watched her friend struggle under a tide of infidelity, Lexi Todd was motivated to write what would become her new EP Maria, Immured; it tackles the relationship from the perspective of a friend, watching, waiting for the opportunity to help. Like most music that broaches tough subjects, “Complacent” is subversively pleasant to the ear; at first you might not even hear the true meaning of the song.

Listen to “Complacent” and read our interview with Lexi below. - Audiofemme

"Premiere: Lexi Todd flies free in ‘Extra Key’ video"

A cycle of abuse chips away at self-worth and casts the victim into a state of perpetual paranoia. Your will is bent and torn to shreds in the merciless clutches of an abuser. In the age of #MeToo, the abused are finally reclaiming their right to life and morphing into warriors, whose armor might be irreparably scuffed and dented but displays hardened resolve. Those emotional, physical and psychological battle scars turn into well-fashioned weaponry. With “Extra Key,” jazz-pop singer and songwriter Lexi Todd scrawls a harrowing but empowered story of one friend’s retaliation against an abusive ex — from the panic-stricken oppressed to a mighty, self-reliant survivor.

“It is a song of liberation, when the abused finally breaks free from the abuser, but it is not a clean or easy break. I learned from my friend that there are such a mix of emotions in play in a toxic relationship: anger, fear, nostalgia, uncertainty. I tried to convey that tug-of-war of emotions from my perspective in this song,” says Todd, who wrote the entirety of her new EP, Maria, Immured, about the muck and mire of such a relationship, beginning to uproariously splintered end. Cobbling together such influences as Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone and Fleetwood Mac, the Brooklyn storyteller’s musical product doggedly flings between genres with pointed jabs. Her voice goes down smooth but with a relentless sting.

The “Extra Key” music video, directed by Hearin Ko (SHIMASHIMA), premiering exclusively today, sees Todd blending razor-sharp emotions with an almost fantastical quality. She steps into the role of her friend’s guardian angel, urging her to dig into her core for a treasured worth that’s been dead and buried beneath six-feet of pain. “I knew I wanted to incorporate dance into the music video. I grew up dancing, and I find it to be an extremely powerful form of expression,” Todd tells B-Sides & Badlands. “Hearin Ko had the idea that I would be an ethereal, almost guardian angel-like, character, and I think her vision played out beautifully in the video.”

“I almost wish that you could see / How happy she can be / Now that she is free / And you’re not around,” Todd sings, moments before her friend comes to confront her attacker face-to-face and make the decision to leave him for good. The music crumbles, giving way to escalated, exasperated breaths and a heartbeat so thick it punctures the tension. “Well, you can try to walk all over her like you used to do / And you can say that she’s the crazy one / But I know it’s you.”

“Extra Key” clips on the heels of two other essential songs to the story, “Complacent” and “Open Wounds.” - B-sides and Badlands


"Window Shopping" - Single - October 2019

"Madonna" - Single - July 2019

"Maria, Immured" EP (3 songs) - October 2018



Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter LEXI TODD is a master of balance. 

She heightens an ensemble, but always holds her own. She draws significant parallels between her day-to-day life and the experiences of others. She advocates for her own justice, but can be the voice of justice for other women and artists. She doubles as a music industry maven and performer, uniquely infusing pop, R&B and jazz for a signature brand of smart neo-soul.  

Born in New Jersey, Lexi had a natural magnetism to music, vinyl and self-expression. She kept the beach culture and free-spirited nature of her hometown with her throughout her life, even as she traversed to the big city. As an artist, she excels at intersectionality, and has already been showcased at iHeart Radio, chosen as a featured performer at NY Fashion Week, scouted as an official RAW Showcase artist and more. 

In October 2018, Lexi released her first solo EP, Maria, Immured. October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Maria, Immured  is a deeply personal collection of songs chronicling a close friend’s battle with abuse and toxic love, and Lexi’s candid role in the experience. While she believes in uninhibited creation, Lexi makes sure to underpin her music with some social responsibility and Maria, Immured was a perfect example of her ability to use her own perspective to illuminate a bigger cause.  

Lexi possesses a dynamic palette of influences ranging from Hiatus Kaiyote to Fleetwood Mac, as another example of how she has always welcomed duality in her life. By day, she navigates the music business behind-the-scenes, advocating for other artists and navigating industry politics. By night, she plays across the tri-state area, either fronting the alt-r&b band CHEVY LOPEZ, or commanding a stage solo. 

From joining forces with longtime songwriting partner Ryan McShea, to experiencing a new level of musical liberation with the female songwriting collective SHIMASHIMA, Lexi found a large part of her early inspiration was external and collaborative.  Writing within certain structures made her voice feel confined, and in the wake of the last few years’ feminism movements, she harnessed a newfound maternal energy that she felt compelled to work into her music.  

On her July 2019 single “Madonna”, Lexi assumes a new direction, literally and musically. She found penning the smooth, female-empowerment anthem to be both necessary and therapeutic, a direct reflection of where she was at in her careers. It’s a song written for herself and other women who struggle to maintain authenticity, acquire respect and regain control in a world that still works to undermine their value. 

With her newest single "Window Shopping," Lexi shows a softer side; showcasing her stronger sense of artistic agency. The fresh take on a Motown classic is an ode to a moment in time when her perspective of the world changed for the better. In it, Lexi breaks free of the negative static and embraces the beautiful chaos in the world. The song and accompanying music video premiered on SKOPE Magazine on October 29, 2019.

- By Brittany Brave 

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