ACMA nominated country artist, Alecia Aichelle, has always known that country music was her destined path. Informed she would never sing again after complications with throat surgery, Alecia illustrated true resilience and fought all odds for a miraculous recovery. Her perseverance, combined with an intense love for music, is what fuels Alecia’s passion as an artist. Her hard work and determination are evident as she continues to showcase her abilities as a songwriter and performer both with her full band and solo shows.
This past year was pivotal in Alecia’s career with the release of two singles, many significant shows, and a sponsor car from Scott Subaru Red Deer for her Western Canadian Hooked On Us radio tour which included visiting over 40 radio stations. The highlight of Alecia’s 2018 summer shows was opening for Aaron Pritchett and Aaron Goodvin at Westerner Days Mainstage Enmax Centrium in Red Deer AB. She also played two shows with her band at Canadian Finals Rodeo Mainstage in Red Deer, including being one of the openers for Lindsay Ell. Following CFR 45, Alecia released Doin’ Here fall 2018 and visited radio stations throughout Alberta. 2019 is shaping up to be another amazing year full of huge opportunities. Alecia is honored and excited to be opening for The Bellamy Brothers on May 8, 2019 in Red Deer! She is looking forward to a busy summer of shows and radio touring, and returning to Nashville to work on her songwriting and record new music.
Alecia’s new single You Rescued Me, has a profound message of unconditional love and loss. Learning to love with your whole heart and continuing to do so even after experiencing an immense loss can be difficult. Alecia was inspired to write You Rescued Me in 2018 after losing her French Bulldog Hank, who was her best friend. Alecia rescued Hank eight and a half years prior, and he in turn rescued her in many ways, namely her heart. “Little did I know that a year after adopting Hank my world would fall apart and Hank would be there to help me pick up the pieces and move on with my life, showing me unconditional love in the truest sense”. You Rescued Me is relatable on many levels as unconditional love can be experienced in many forms. Cowritten and recorded in Nashville, You Rescued Me was released April 11, 2019 on National Pet Day. Alecia will be encouraging fans to submit pictures of their special dogs for her You Rescued Me music video which will be released on May 20, 2019 National Rescue Dog Day.
With the release of her new single, You Rescued Me, Alecia is excited to use her music to help raise money for Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation in Red Deer, Alberta. Based out of Klassic Kennels, Paws and Claws rescues hundreds of dogs and cats each year, with an average yearly adoption total of 400-500 animals. They expect that number to double in 2019, with fundraising and expansions to their facility and program. Proceeds from You Rescued Me will be donated to Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation as well as proceeds from You Rescued Me merchandise items. Alecia will be involved with many fundraising events including a benefit concert “Party For Paws” on April 13th and many pet adoption events.
Alecia has previously released her debut album, Golden, in 2016 and 5 other singles to Canadian Country Radio including Hooked On Us which was released on June 18, 2018 National Go Fishing Day to kick off the summer fishing season! Alecia was excited and honoured to be sponsored by Scott Subaru of Red Deer with a 2018 Impreza Hatchback for her Hooked On Us summer radio tour throughout Western Canada. Her best friend and companion dog, Hank her French Bulldog, was supposed to join her on tour but unfortunately he became sick with a rare illness. After fighting for his life in animal hospital for nearly 3 weeks with Alecia by his side, she had to say goodbye. Alecia dedicated Hooked On Us and her summer tour to Hank.
“As many of you know, I recently lost my sweet boy, Hank my French Bulldog. This song was already planned for release, and although it is a fishing love song, I’ve decided to dedicate it to Hank since he was my little fishing buddy… my everything buddy. Hank was my special boy who was always by my side. Gone too soon and unexpected. As hard as it is, I know he would want me to continue on and do the best I can do.
Hank, I will carry you forever in my heart, soul, and song until I hold you in heaven.”
~HANK~ July 28, 2009 – June 10, 2018
In fall of 2017 Alecia was back in Nashville songwriting and recording some new music. Alecia released her 4th single to radio, Get Gone, which is a fun and feisty song with the perfect combination of both class and sass. Written solely by Alecia, Get Gone packs a punch with its dynamic lyrics and upbeat tempo. Earlier in 2017 she released her 3rd single, What It Wasn’t, to Canadian Country Radio. What It Wasn’t, off her debut album Golden, begins with a sense of heartbreak but kicks in at the chorus with a gritty realization of the truth. Co-written and produced in Nashville, What It Wasn’t comes from a very real and honest place for Alecia, which is both evident and relatable to the listener. Alecia released two singles to Canadian Country Radio in 2016, Without June, a Nashville co-write, and Country Life, which was written solely by Alecia.
Alecia’s debut album Golden, released spring of 2016, was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 ACMA’s. This album contains co-writes as well as songs written solely by Alecia. She has had the privilege of writing with many songwriters in Nashville including Joe Forte, Greg Friia (Bonnie Tyler, Richie McDonald, Eric Paslay), Emilee Allan, Mary Danna (Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, Carolyn Dawn Johnson), and Forest Miller (Chasin’ Crazy). The majority of the album was produced by the talented Daniel Dennis at Prime Cut Studio in Nashville, single Without June produced in Alberta by Heath West, Daniel Dennis, and Alecia Aichelle, and the 4 bonus tracks produced by Matty McKay in Alberta in 2013. Golden is a compilation of old and new, a musical narrative of Alecia’s journey, that allows you to Take The Ride on the back roads to her Country Life.
Born and raised in Kelowna, BC, Alecia’s love for music and performance began early on as she grew up singing in her church and excelled in Royal Conservatory classical piano. She also enjoyed acting and spent a great deal of time performing in school musicals and community performances. Alecia was introduced to country music at a young age by her parents, who have been devoted supporters of Alecia’s musical goals and dreams. Some of her first musical influences include Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Shania, Dolly, Paul Brandt, and CCR, to name a few. Reflecting on her country music roots Alecia says, “Country was definitely not considered “cool” where I grew up, but it was my passion, a part of me, and I really didn’t care that the other kids teased me about it. It has always been who I am and I have always stuck to my guns.” When not practicing music and performing Alecia would spend much of her spare time with her dog and other pets as well as her neighbours horses, all the while dreaming, singing, and writing songs.
Alecia now calls Red Deer County, Alberta home since moving to attend the Red Deer College Music Program where she achieved a Music Diploma in Voice and Piano Performance. Shortly before attending college a large tumour was found on Alecia’s thyroid gland and a necessary surgery was performed. This resulted in, what the experts said, “permanent paralysis of Alecia’s right vocal cord due to complications in surgery”. Informed she would never sing again, Alecia’s strong faith and belief for a miracle carried her through. After six months Alecia’s voice was fully restored and deemed nothing short of a miracle! Alecia aspires to encourage others with her story of hope and faith, “nothing is impossible if you just believe”.
Alecia currently performs throughout Alberta both with her band and as a solo act, as well as spends some time in Nashville songwriting, recording, and performing. One of Alecia’s dreams came true when she was invited to perform a ‘Writer’s In The Round’ show with three other songwriters at the legendary Bluebird Café Nashville in November 2014. Alecia has since returned to Nashville many times to record her first full length album Golden, two more singles, and spend time songwriting and performing. Alecia’s passion for songwriting and performing is evident, as is her passion for helping others. A long time supporter of World Vision, Alecia also takes every opportunity to perform benefit concerts for her local SPCA, extended care facilities, and various fundraising events. Alecia feels her purpose is to use her gift of music to make a positive difference in the world and help make Everybody Smile.
“Live life to the fullest, be true to yourself, Dance In The Rain and love with your whole heart, because you never know when Your Last Chance will be. Live now and cherish every moment.” ~Alecia~