“I get really excited about singing live” – interview with Cardiff vocalist Aleighcia Scott

Aleighcia Scott is a singer/song-writer from Cardiff, whose styles include reggae, soul, R&B, hip-hop and more. We caught her at the Butetown Carnival last year and she was marvellous. Today’s interview is with the lady herself!

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Aleighcia comes from a Welsh/Jamaican background and infuses these styles within her vocals and has been singing since the age of three. “I was brought up in Rumney, Cardiff, and I had a really good upbringing,” she says. “Being from a mixed race family I also got to learn about different cultures. My dad is from a Jamaican background and my mum is from a Welsh/Irish background.”

She’s always been musical, for as long as she can remember. “My grandmother comes from a gospel singing background in Jamaica so I think my vocals came from her. I’ve been singing from as long as I can remember and performing since the age of six. My family are really in to music so I’ve always been around music and always had a love for music. I was in the choir at school, too.”

As a youngster, her favourite singers were as follows: Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Queen Ifrica, and Sanchez. “There was also a time when I really loved the Spice Girls”, she says!

Watch Aleighcia below:

She’s performed all around Cardiff, from the Wales Millennium Centre to opening for Maxi Priest in DC. “I’ve played loads of different sized venues around Cardiff and across the UK. Today, I’d say my  main influences are Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan – all vocal heavyweights!”

So what is she currently up to? “I’m working towards a couple of single releases, and working on writing and developing her music. Also working towards an EP/album, to be released sometime in the future…”

Wanna catch her live? Here’s where it’s happening…

28/05/15 – Hootananny, Brixton
29/05/15 – The George, Maindee
30/05/15 – Big Splash, Newport & Irie Shack, Cardiff
05/06/15 – Miss Jones, Cardiff
13/06/15 – Irie Shack, Cardiff
14/06/15 – Bute Lounge, Cardiff

Aleighcia’s favourite part about performing is the emotional connection with the music:

“I get really excited about performing and as I walk on stage I start to feel a bit nervous, but I love performing so much that I just get in to the zone and forget about the nerves!”

Catch her on:

Soundcloud/AleighciaScott

YouTube/Aleighcia

Twitter/AleighciaSings

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