Canadian Top 100 CBC Searchlight finalist, and urban pop dynamo Alexis Lynn releases her second single of the year, “I Can’t Relate” following February’s “Circles”.
“It’s about looking in on a friend’s toxic relationship, and reflecting what I might do in that situation while also trying to help them see they’re worth more,” Lynn shares about “I Can’t Relate” and its inspiration; she drew from personal experience as the scenario was one Lynn frustratingly found herself in. “I was venting to my co-writers that I didn’t understand how my friend couldn’t see what I saw was going on, and couldn’t see that she deserved so much more.
I was also saying how I would never put up with the type of treatment she was receiving.
I was coming from a place of love and concern, and wanted to be really careful not to come across as ‘preachy’ or ‘bragging,’” she continues, noting the delicate line she walked penning the track. “I didn’t want to sound like I was somehow ‘better’ than someone by saying I wouldn’t put up with that, but rather give them all the reasons they themselves shouldn’t put up with it.”
Check out the single below, and find out more about Alexis via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey! I’m Alexis Lynn, and I’m a 21-year-old Pop/R&B singer-songwriter from Vancouver, B.C. I love tattoos, my 2 kittens, and all things Harry Potter.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
For my songs, I draw inspiration from my life experiences and feelings, as well as the experiences of those around me. I’ve always written about what’s on my heart and mind whether it be positive, negative, or somewhere in between. My process really depends on the day, song, and co-writer, but I often have a title or concept in mind and usually venture lyrically from there! As far as sound goes, mine is inspired by some of my favourite artists such as Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, etc.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Yes, I do actually! In typical COVID fashion, I have a live online performance with sākihiwē festival on July 22nd as well as August 28th! For online livestreams, my performance is definitely different than my normal live set. Normally, I play a dynamic, fun set of my originals as well as a few covers with my band. For the livestreams, I’ve been doing acoustic sets, which I find actually really cool because you can hear all of my songs in a different way!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Hmm, that’s tough. If you want to know me and my life, I’d say “Circles” or “Walls”. If you want to know me as a friend, I’d say “I Can’t Relate”.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I have a bunch! The Weeknd, Jessie Reyez, and Neon Dreams are awesome!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.