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Introducing Alexis Ebert: Way Back in the Woods

Shannon is a passionate country fan who enjoys getting to know the artists and their music. She also loves spreading joy through interviews.

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“I fell in love with Marilyn Monroe as a child and I grew up in Oregon farm country; so, I can honestly say, ‘I’m a little classy - a little trashy.’ And I’m good with that; dolled-up or tromping through the mud, I’m comfortable in my skin.”

Those are the opening words of Alexis Ebert’s professional biography. Reading them, it’s safe to say that she is poised to do predecessors like Gretchen Wilson and Miranda Lambert proud. She can belt out a rocker or a ballad just the same. And songs like “Way Back in the Woods” prove that she is unafraid to sing about rebel topics that some might shy away from. The video portrays women making moonshine for a living “way back in the woods.”

But Alexis herself has known from a young age what she wants to do for a living. She’s been singing since she was six years old and at age 14, her original song “The Real Me” landed a spot on the soundtrack of Disney’s Confession of a Teenage Drama Queen. Since then, she has continued to cultivate her talent, and Alexis was kind enough to chat about her career. She also shared some “just for fun” answers that show off more of her personality as a whole. Enjoy learning more about her as you listen to her music.


To write and sing the song made me feel even stronger; like I had been counseled by a really good therapist.

— Alexis Ebert

Shannon Henry: Please tell us about the new single “Way Back In The Woods.”

Alexis Ebert: I actually write quite often in a cabin “Way Back In The Woods!” It’s nice to get away from the city; I find the location to be really peaceful and creative, it’s very inspiring to be in the country. My co-writers (Tammy Hyler/ Shaye Smith) and I felt super inspired by our surroundings, out in the woods, and that’s where the song idea came from. The music video was shot in Fairview, TN (Sean Hagwell); the storyline features four spunky, hardcore girls who run a moonshine shack as their livelihood!

SH: As a songwriter, song (that you have written) is a personal favorite, and why?

AE: My favorite song that I’ve written as of late would be “Wanted.” I was in a three-year relationship when I learned that my boyfriend never stopped seeing his ex. When I found out, I was completely blindsided. I went to a dark and miserable headspace. I channeled that pain onto paper which felt really good and was empowering to me. To write and sing the song made me feel even stronger; like I had been counseled by a really good therapist.


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She’s a woman who has always taken lemons and turned them into lemonade no matter the circumstance, and she always has a good time even in hard times.

— Alexis Ebert, talking about her mother

SH: What is a typical songwriting session like for you?

AE: A typical songwriting session is usually just me—writing solo—with my guitar and some cheese whiz on pretzels at 1 AM in the morning. If I am in a co-writing session, we usually begin at 10 AM; I arrive 20 minutes early, 50% caffeinated, sporting 50% dry shampoo, and ready to go!

SH: Who inspires you, both personally and professionally? Why?

AE: My mother inspires me both personally and professionally. She’s a woman who has always taken lemons and turned them into lemonade no matter the circumstance, and she always has a good time even in hard times.

The light bulb went off for me when I saw LeAnn Rimes performing on the Disney Channel. I was just five years old. I remember she wore a gold jacket and I said to myself, "I wanna do THAT!"

— Alexis Ebert, talking about the moment she knew she wanted to sing

SH: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music? What was the “light bulb” moment?

AE: The light bulb went off for me when I saw LeAnn Rimes performing on the Disney Channel. I was just five years old. I remember she wore a gold jacket and I said to myself, "I wanna do THAT!"

SH: How do you cope with neigh-sayers or negative critics?

AE: I Cry. ( Just kidding.) I know that not everyone is going to be on “Team Alexis." It’s humanly impossible for everyone to like the same thing. I just try to keep my head up and keep going no matter what. That’s all I can really do and I try to stay positive.


For Fun:

SH: If your life were a book what would the title be?

AE: I Was Homeschooled, Okay?

SH: If you could, where would you spend all of your time?

AE: In the bathtub.

SH: If you could relive an most enjoyable entertainment event or experience in your lifetime, what experience would you like to relive again for the first time?

AE: I would want to shoot the “Way Back In The Woods" music video all over again minus the chiggers and the ticks!

SH: What fad or trend, from long ago, do you hope makes a comeback?

AE: I’m ready for low rise jeans to make a comeback.

SH: What irrational fear do you have?

AE: I don’t like escalators, heights, unlocked doors and I don’t like mice.


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Comments

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 28, 2020:

Thank you, Umesh. I appreciate that.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 27, 2020:

Interesting interview. Well presented.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 27, 2020:

Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment, LaZeric. I hope you are curious enough to listen to more of her music.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on September 26, 2020:

Very nice. Now I’m curious about her music.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi, Brenda. Glad you like her! Thanks for reading and listening.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 25, 2020:

Thanks for introducing me to Alexis.

This information is interesting. I had not heard of her before & I do like her music.

Great article.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi, Eric. You're very welcome. Long time no see, it seems like. I hope you're doing well!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi, Mary. I appreciate that you took the time to read and to listen to her music. I hope you liked her music.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi, Bill. Thanks. Maybe they're stunning because country folks know how to live well? LOL. I'm not sure what happened to Gretchen Wilson. I think she still sings. Last time I saw anything with her in it was a couple years ago for one of those award shows. She was part of one of those large group tributes.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi, Pamela. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad that you enjoyed reading about her and listening to her. No, it's not that often a singer gets started that young. The young ones fascinate me. So much potential packed into those tiny voices!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 25, 2020:

I like this artist and article. Thanks for turning me on to her. I like her background.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2020:

I listened to the video you shared, as I don't know Alexis Ebert. I like the lyrics. Thanks for the introduction.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 23, 2020:

An Oregon girl...I like her already. Nice job on this. I liked the introduction. You did well.

Why are all country western women singers stunning? Just a random question that popped into my mind.

And whatever happened to Gretchen Wilson? Talk about a comet flaming out. She was as hot as hot can be and then just woosh....barely see her any longer.

Anyway, I enjoyed this!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 23, 2020:

I really one enjoyed this article. Knowing what you want to do with your life at such a young sure doesn't happen for everyone. She is obviously very beautiful, very talented and will have a great career.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 22, 2020:

Hi, Cheryl. Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you find her interesting.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 22, 2020:

This is a very good article. It gives a lot of detail and is very interesting. I did not know she began singing at such a young age. Thanks for enlightening us.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 22, 2020:

Thanks, Angie! She is beautiful. Glad you enjoyed the interview and her music.

A B Williams from Central Florida on September 22, 2020:

Great interview, per usual.

I like her down home sound...or maybe I should I say, her back woods sound...love that twang in her voice. Plus, she is absolutely gorgeous!! What the heck? ;)