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Allie X is hoping to collide with pop audiences
It's taken Allie X a bit longer to get her music career in the gear she'd like. But with an EP out earlier this year and a new focus on playing live, things seem to finally be going full-speed ahead.
"I'm very pleased with the way things have gone in most senses," the singer -- born Alexandra Hughes in Ontario and a former student at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy -- says by phone from Hawaii. "I feel I've stayed true to the sound and things that I saw and heard in my head, and I feel I've developed an audience that is very respectful of what I do and very loyal. That's probably the most important part."
X spent time acting and appeared on the Canadian TV talent show "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" before moving to Los Angeles during the summer of 2013 to focus on music. She built an audience by posting her music online, and Katy Perry became a supporter of X's single "Catch," which helped the song chart in Canada and netted X a record deal.
Her debut EP, "ColiXtion I," came out during April, blending mainstream-friendly pop hooks with an ethereal ambience not unlike Kate Bush, one of X's acknowledged influences. "I've always loved pop music," she says. "I've always been a fan of soaring melodies and big vocals and all of that.
"Also, I'm inclined towards the theater, and musical theater, so I combine that with a love of synthesizers and a really weird brain for lyrics. (The EP) is the culmination of all those things."
X is focusing on live performing now, playing "ColiXtion 1" from start to finish and being as theatrical as a budding artist's budget will allow. Meanwhile, she'll be launching the EP overseas next year and is also planning to record a "ColiXtion 2" from "a lot of demos" she's accumulated.
"I feel fortunate to be in a time where there is sort of a niche for 'blog pop,' as people call it, where you don't have to completely give in to the pressures of Top 40 radio," X says. "You actually have a little room to do things that are a little different. I think that my songs could make it on the radio, but until then it's just a matter of how popular it becomes on its own."
Wednesday, Nov. 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
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