Sparrow Stage • Friday, July 6 • 4:30PM - 5:15PM
Lansing Native, Lexus Jackson, has been singing her whole life. Her first school choir solo was in 1st grade and her first talent show in the 3rd grade. Some of her biggest inspirations were artists like Mariah Carey, SWV, and TLC. In her mind, it has never been a question of if she would be a star it was a matter of when. Lexus had never really even given thought to any other career so, upon high school graduation in 2010, she aimlessly went to college as expected. That year she was pushed by local entrepreneur Jason Betcher to start her music career, and Lex J was born with Betcher as her manager. Out of this relationship came an album titled “No Looking back,” released in 2011, an album release party, performances at MMA shows and birthday parties, YouTube videos and countless features on other artists’ songs. But after transferring to Columbia College Chicago to pursue a music business degree, Lex J was nearly nonexistent. In 2016, Lex J performed at both Common Ground and Soaring Eagle Casino as a featured artist to rapper Diamond Jones. Being on stage ignited a fire in Lexus that pushed her to create another project. Her new project, “Captured EP” was released on September 29, 2017. This EP is heavily inspired by the hip-hop beats and soulful melodies of 90’s R&B. Producer Nyrell, known for hip-hop beats such as “Hella Hoes” by ASAP Mob, has created his own interpretation of 90s R&B for this EP. Lexus then makes the songs completely her own. Since, she has gained the attention of various booking companies leading to her opening performance for rapper KR in Chicago and a spot in the Regional Showcase, “Spring Trap” in Lansing, MI. Also in 2017, Lex J joined Diamond Jones again at Common Ground 2017 and Prime fest. With two degrees under her belt, and the passing of her manager Jason Betcher, Lexus has taken full control of her music career and is not slowing up anytime soon. Her next EP "Let's Get Personal" is set to release in the Fall of 2018.