Alexandra Kay Emotionally Reflects on the Highs and Lows of Her Career: ‘When People Said No, I said Yes’

2022 is already shaping up to be a milestone year for Alexandra Kay. Soon, she’ll be hitting the road with…

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 10, 2022

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Alexandra Kay; Photo by Curt Simshauser

2022 is already shaping up to be a milestone year for Alexandra Kay. Soon, she’ll be hitting the road with country hitmakers Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker and later this spring, she’ll join superstar Tim McGraw on his amphitheater tour, running through early June. 

Before her touring schedule kicks into high gear, the rising star took to social media to reflect on her musical journey through a series of a photos of New York City’s Times Square. 

Kay explained the photos and the meaning they have to her within the caption. 

“This first photo is of me in 2013 in Time’s Square for the first time after JUST signing my first record deal. When the label dropped me later that year.. a part of me thought.. ‘Just wait.. I’m going to be on one of those Billboards one day,’” her post began.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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She want on to share that the second photo was taken in 2018 and shows her in front of a Times Square billboard promoting the Netflix show Westside, in which she starred in alongside several other artists. 

“I was signed to my second record deal with a major label when this was taken.. When that label dropped me shortly after and the show only went for one season I thought.. ‘I’m going to keep working my ass off.. and one day I’ll see my name back up on a billboard in Times Square,’” she recalled.

“This third picture,” she continued, “was taken this year.. and if you look close..you’ll see my name right along with @brandondavis_music @russelled and the legendary @thetimmcgraw promoting his 2022 tour that I get to join him on this summer.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The “Tall Boys” singer then admitted seeing the photos brought her to tears as reflected on her musical journey.

“As a completely independent artist. I found all 3 of these photos today while scrolling through my pictures and it choked me up.. I really could have hung it up so many times.. but when people said no. I said Yes. And when I wanted to cry I decided to work instead.. and I’m just really grateful I did. ♥︎,” Kay wrote. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After capturing the attention of millions of fans on social media with her coffee covers, Alexandra Kay took her music on the road in 2021 with fellow viral artists Cooper Alan and Thomas Mac. The shows sold out across the country, proving TikTok can sell tickets

2021 also saw the release of “Tall Boys” and the rise in her social following as she became the most-followed solo female country artist on TikTok. 

“This entire year has felt like a dream come true. I have always kept my goals at the forefront of my mind during this ten year grind. I really feel like doing so and staying focused especially during the times when I’ve felt completely defeated is the reason I’m getting to experience so many highs this year,” Kay shared at the end of 2021. 

With a slew of tour dates on the books, Alexandra Kay is showing no signs of slowing down. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.