If opposites attract, when they do come together, you get Alex Hughes. Having been raised equally on the sounds of classic country and R&B, Alex’s take on pop-country delivers more soul and grit than one might expect from her 5’2” frame. With influences ranging from the likes of Linda Ronstadt and LeAnn Rimes to Snoop Dogg and Destiny’s Child, Alex possesses a distinct sound that weaves soulful runs into classic country melodies driven by pop beats. Regardless of whether it's time to dim the lights or turn up the bass, Alex Hughes delivers a performance that audiences won’t forget.
Her latest single, “Tee Time”, set to be released on July 15th is pure country/pop ear candy. Produced by CCMA and Juno nominated production team Justin Kudding and Spencer Cheyne, the catchy guitar hooks and empowered vocals emphasize the witty lyrics that tease a partner about spending a little too much time on the golf course and not enough time at home.
In 2021 Alex released, “After 31” her most raw release to date. This special song took an introspective look at the pressures we place on ourselves to meet certain expectations throughout the different stages of our lives, while simultaneously encouraging and reminding listeners that age truly is just a number and that there’s no timeline for accomplishing your dreams – a message that clearly resonated with Alex’s audience as “After 31” was added to CBC Country on Sirius XM, streamed more than 60,000 times, and was included on more than 815 playlists.
Alex came crashing onto the Alberta music scene in 2019 with her debut single, “Strong As You”, which would end up being the tenth most downloaded indie in Canadian Country Radio the week it was released.
While success is said to bring with it its own set of new challenges, a worldwide pandemic isn’t what usually comes to mind. Though some might have been discouraged by the cancellation of shows, Alex decided to view it as an opportunity to develop as an artist and continue to hone her craft. She kept herself busy, co-writing over 50 songs with writers from Calgary, Nashville, Chicago and even the UK; and also began diving into the world of production.
In the midst of the pandemic, Alex released her follow up single, “Gentleman”, a female-empowering song with nods to 90’s girl-power country. Following its release, Gentlemen was soon added to Spotify’s New Music Nashville, Spotify Editorial playlist, further connecting Alex to a growing fanbase from around the world.
Alex has long been a sought after collaborator within the Country music community, providing feature vocals for various artists and group projects and with songwriting credits on CCMA-nominated Leaving Thomas’ acclaimed album, “Nothing Comes for Free” as a writer on the song, “Lie to Me”, as well as Ryan Lindsay’s CCMA nominated album, “The Ride” as a writer on fan favorite, “Darlin’ You’re Classic”.
The descendent of great-grandparents that met in a traveling band that played throughout India, Alex was born to perform. She has opened for a wide array of artists throughout her career from Aaron Pritchett to Kenny G and has had the opportunity to play to audiences across North America including The House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard, the iconic Tootsies in Nashville, and The Coca Cola Stage at The Calgary Stampede.
Having recently finished as a Top 12 finalist in Project WILD, a country-focused artist development program run by Alberta Music and WILD 95.3 FM (Calgary), and after a busy summer touring, including 3 shows at the infamous Calgary Stampede Nashville North Stage, Alex continues to make her presence in Canadian Country Music undeniable.