Blakely Brown (AKA Alexandra Blakely), born in Seattle, Washington, to parents of Swedish and Norwegian roots, moved to Mexico in 2005 after a quick first visit to the country. She discovered traditional African rhythms, forming cymatics in the sands of the Caribbean. Baring farewell to a career in film and her immediate family in the states she sprinted back to what would be a magical and unorthodox journey.
Her debut live singing started humbly in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, in 2005. Never in her life planning to be a vocal performer, she began by exploring the sounds of jazz, blues, funk and folk, writing her own songs, while playing simple riffs on the guitar. It wasn’t until arriving to Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, where she recorded her first official project Solburst (2010), testing the waters of pop fusion with a more urban-contemporary sound. Getting recognition in countries like Japan, the UK, Brazil, Spain and Cuba, the album “Natural High,” rewarded Blakely with attention from other recording artists such as Bocafloja, Lengualerta and Kalimba.
In 2012, Blakely released her first solo album “Reset” where she fully engaged in her influences of Neo-Soul and Rap. The album “Reset” was played on university radios throughout the USA, landing #13 on the CMJ’s top 200 Hip Hop Chart. “Reset” also won the award for Best Independent Hip Hop Album, 2013, in Latin America.
Currently, Blakely is co-creating in the “lions den” with her latest project Al’kemek -- Hip Hop meets ancestral-sounds meets industrial meets elektrik. The debut album is due early 2016 with a US tour down the West and East Coasts of the US.