5‘2” of pure soul and grit, Country Music Alberta’s Horizon Female artist of the year nominee Alex Hughes brings classic country melodies and pop beats with her captivating, timeless sound. Hailing from Calgary, the hotbed of Canada’s Country music scene, Alex’s signature style combines a penchant for pop beats with a deep-rooted love for classic sounds like that of Linda Ronstadt and Patsy Cline. Raised in a large, multicultural family, Alex’s exposure to a diverse range of musical genres during her formative years significantly shaped her artistry today. From the rhythms of Bollywood to the melodies of traditional Hawaiian music, and even the cadence of hip-hop and R&B, her family’s eclectic musical tastes profoundly influenced her and her music.

Throughout her impressive career, Alex has opened for a remarkable array of artists, including Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon, Kenny G, and Babyface. Her performances have graced iconic venues such as The House of Blues on Sunset Strip, Tootsies in Nashville, and Nashville North at The Calgary Stampede, showcasing her fearless embrace of country music before enthusiastic audiences across North America.

Alex’s debut single, “Strong As You,” rapidly gained a devoted following, ascending to the tenth spot among the most downloaded indies on Canadian Country Radio in its first week. Subsequent releases, such as “Tee Time,” produced by CCMA and Juno-nominated production duo Justin Kudding and Spencer Cheyne, the captivating “On The Line” featuring talented artist and producer Josh Sahunta, and the emotionally charged, “After 31,” which stands as her most candid and critically acclaimed work thus far, have each provided pivotal milestones in Alex’s artistic journey. These achievements include the music video for “Tee Time” gaining over 78,000 views on Youtube, the inclusion of “On The Line” on Spotify’s Live Country (North Country) editorial playlist, and the addition of “After 31” to Sirius XM’s Top Of The Country Radio.

Alex’s latest release, “Until This Fire Dies,” produced by award-winning producer Dan Swinimer (Jojo Mason & Madeline Merlo), embodies her deep-rooted affection for country music while infusing it with a contemporary and alluring twist. This red-hot anthem, which explores an intense and undeniable passion, showcases Alex’s astounding vocal range, while its unforgettable chorus soars above the infectious production.

With a 2022 Horizon Female Artist of the Year nomination from Country Music Alberta and a Top 12 placement in the esteemed “Project WILD” competition hosted by WILD 95.3, Alex Hughes is undoubtedly an emerging artist worth watching. Her magnetic presence and unforgettable performances have resonated across stages throughout North America, solidifying her status as a rising star to watch.



Calgary Guardian
Sabrina Greggain-Lord

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