We live in a time where external pressures and unrealistic expectations are pertinent in our society; thus, the search for a beacon of light has become more crucial than ever. Enter Lexie Martin – a radiant, inspirational powerhouse known for her bright vocals and music that ablaze spirits. Her latest single, “Superpower,” is nothing less than a celebration of self-love whilst serving as a testament to her talents as an emerging pop singer-songwriter.
“Superpower” begins with a captivating piano melody establishing the song's tone. The introduction becomes even more enticing with the addition of Lexie’s vocals, which echo “Superpower.” This dynamic layer intrigues the overall sound within the first few seconds.
In the first verse, Lexie fearlessly shares the familiar feeling of carrying the world's weight on her shoulders, a sentiment that will resonate with countless listeners. Her lyrics act as a reminder that imperfections are part of the human experience and should be embraced. She explores these ideas as the pre-chorus unfolds, paving the way for an explosive chorus that can be described as a vibrant, memorable anthem that will undoubtedly compel listeners to nod their heads or dance along.
As the radiant energy of the chorus decrescendos into the second verse, Lexie delves into introspection, reflecting on experiences related to mental health, including anxiety and depression. Despite the stigmatization and shame often associated with these topics, Lexie remains unapologetically authentic in expressing herself.
She delivers this message with her soothing and velvety vocals, instilling a feeling of comfort, stability and reassurance. We are reminded that hope and strength will always remain, even in the most challenging circumstances. Lexie Martin aims to enlighten and empower individuals from all walks of life and invites everyone to unleash their own “Superpower."
A warm welcome to BuzzMusic Lexie Martin, and congratulations on your latest release, "Superpower." Can you start off by telling our readers what inspired you to pursue music?
Creating, performing and singing makes me feel; I cannot imagine doing anything else. I feel fulfilled, and it gives my life purpose. I can connect with people this way in a medium that transcends many boundaries. I remember my first singing competition at 9 years old. I sang "Reflection" from Mulan, and the overwhelming feeling of joy that performance brought me. When I sing, I feel connected with the song's story and the audience. I know we're on this journey together. I've always known from a very young age that music would be my pursuit.
Can you provide insight into the creative process behind your latest release, “Superpower?"
"SUPERPOWER" came to fruition during the height of the pandemic in 2020. It was a very difficult time for many, physically, emotionally, and mentally. With "SUPERPOWER," I really honed in on the mental health aspect with the lyrics. I was battling anxiety and depression for years, and the pandemic only exacerbated my condition. I knew I was not alone and wanted to share my experience so that others going through the same thing knew that they also were not alone. I collaborated with my incredible co-writer, Juliet Piper, who also co-wrote "Extra" from my debut self-titled EP.
Together, we crafted a beautiful story with a message of hope and self-love. Even on what you feel is your worst day, you are still worthy of love, especially self-love. I also worked with the talented producer Ryan Lallier, who made "SUPERPOWER" sounds exactly the way it needed to. He was so patient with my requests, and I am eternally grateful for his talents. Then, I went to work with Well Actually Productions to breathe new life into this anthem with a music video featuring a plus-size superhero and curvy dancers. I wanted representation for mental health awareness as well as plus-size bodies. When I create, I want the messaging to be consistent and clear, and the message of "SUPERPOWER" is that you are worthy of love and have the power to get up and face the day. I believe in you. I am rooting for you.
Your vibrant energy is infectious, and we’d love to know; when do you feel the most joy and happiness in your life?
I feel the most joy and happiness in my life when I see people smile, especially if I or my music made them feel that way. It gives me the deepest sense of fulfillment and makes me feel like I'm doing my part to help make the world a better place, even if it may be on a smaller scale. I love making people feel good about themselves. I love seeing people be happy. I love spreading joy. I especially want to spread the joy that comes from loving yourself because the world is so much better when we are kind to ourselves and love ourselves.
The way you embody confidence and self-love in “Superpower” is inspirational. Was confidence a trait you’ve always carried?
Confidence was not a trait I always carried. It had to be taught. It had to be built. As Lizzo aptly said, "It's hard to love yourself in a world that doesn't love you back." When she said that on What Out for the Big Grrrls season 1, I felt that in my soul. It is difficult to gain confidence as a plus-size woman when the beauty standard has told you that you are less than others for so many years. I was put on my first diet when I was just 12 years old. Even recently, my OBGYN made fatphobic remarks at my last appointment, and I cried all the way home. Society can be mean.
Whether it's your weight, your skin colour, your gender identity, your ethnicity, your religion, your sexual orientation, etc., there will be people who will have their judgements. Confidence for me has been a journey, not a destination. And it's still ongoing. There are days I do not feel confident at all. There are also days I feel stunning. I remember that the only opinion that matters is mine. It's my body. I see that we are making strides in the beauty industry as far as what constitutes that standard of beauty these days, and I am grateful, but there's still more work to do. And I will do whatever I can to normalize that what makes you uniquely you is beautiful.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who feels like the weight of the world burdens them?
The only thing constant is change. That weight of the world does not last forever. And we have the power to make it pass a little quicker. Have a plan in place for when those clouds come rolling in. I know this will sound like the most difficult thing when the weight crushes you, and you're sinking into your bed, but you must get up. I promise it will be worth it. Brush your teeth, wash your face and make tea or get a glass of water. Change location. If you were in your bed, head to the couch. Do you like to journal?
A gratitude journal can be a wonderful way to ground you. Text or call a friend to say "Hi." Remember, some people love you and are rooting for you to succeed. If you need rest, listen to your body and rest. It is more than ok to rest and recharge. And then, when you're ready, I know you will conquer what lies ahead.