Alexis Ray Parker is a singer, songwriter, and actress born in Pine Bluff, AR, and raised in Conway, AR. Following in the footsteps of her musical family, Alexis drew inspiration from the beautiful voice of her mother and began singing at the age of two. Performing in several talent shows across the south, as she matured so did her gift. With a love for battle rap as her foundation for lyrical composition, Alexis wrote her first song in the second grade and continues to provide musical adventures with her voice and pen. like those on her 2020 EP With Love, Alexis Ray Parker, in 2020. Alexis’ accolades include placements in 2 Minutes of Fame, working with Ja’Niyah (Bread Gang Music Group; MoneyBagg Yo), and being the First Lady of Change the Game Records, LLC.
I had the amazing opportunity of sitting down with Alexis to discuss her passion and inspiration behind her music. Take a listen to her new song “Waste My Time” available everywhere now
Who is Alexis Ray Parker in five words?
Alexis Ray Parker is Ambitious, intelligent, Spontaneous, Humorous, and Loving
At what moment did you discover your passion for music?
I discovered my passion for music at about age 7. That’s when I started writing my own songs.
Why R&B, what speaks to you most?
R&B was the best choice for me because it’s a challenge. Rapping was something that always came easy to me, but I learned how to actually structure a song by making R&B music. That’s essentially what made me a better artist. I’m big on challenging myself.
Who would you tribute your love for music to, who are your influences?
I would tribute my love for music to my parents and my grandfather. I’ve been obsessed since I was a little girl. It wasn’t just about liking music. It was about how music made me feel. I’ve always had a very deep connection with it. Like a spiritual connection. My influences are Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, The Isley Brothers, Jay-Z, and Michael Jackson.
You just released a hit “Waste My Time”, this song is an anthem for women, what inspired this song?
I was in a relationship with someone for a while, and one day he just decided he didn’t want to be with me anymore. No real explanation. I later found out that he had been dating someone else, but that pretty much sums it up.
Take us through the creative process?
Typically, my creative process in the studio is going in and talking with my producer about what’s going on in my life, and creating music based on my personal experiences. Everything is from scratch. That’s how I’ve always operated pretty much.
\Where do you hope to see your brand in the future?
I would really like to be more than just a musical artist. I love acting. I love fashion, and more recently I’ve been researching buying and flipping homes to sell them for higher value. I have a lot that I want to do.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world who would it be?
if I could collaborate with anyone it would probably be Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000, Kanye West, Jhene Aiko, or H.E.R.
What’s next for Alexis Ray Parker?
Right now I’m finishing up my next project. It’s titled Do Not Disturb. I plan on releasing it at the top of 2022.
What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles?
My definition of a pretty woman who hustles is just simply a woman who is sure of herself. A woman who is secure in every aspect and knows what she wants, doesn’t step on any one’s toes or tear anyone down to get to where she wants to go, but gets it by any means, meaning nothing can stop her.