CD release by Alexa Beauregard of Meriden. | (Courtesy Alexa Beauregard)
August 5, 2013 01:05AM
By Kimberly Primicerio
MERIDEN — City native Alexa Beauregard began belting out country tunes when she was 4 years old after her dad gave her a karaoke machine.
Since then, the 19-year-old college sophomore began performing at local venues and festivals including the Durham Fair. She was scheduled to perform at the Baked Potato and Corn Festival Friday night in North Branford before heading back to Stetson University in Florida within the next week. While Beauregard will spend the next year studying psychology and pre-medicine, at the end of the year she will pack her things and move to Nashville to pursue her dreams of becoming a country music star.
Sitting in her home sipping a cup of tea Friday morning, Beauregard said music has always been a part of her life. Her father, John, was in bands and she remembers him blasting various country music and southern rock songs in the house.
She sung at home, at family functions, talent shows and at any venue she was welcomed at. She was influenced by musicians like Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks when her friends were listening to other pop tunes.
“I converted so many people to country music,” Beauregard said.
Listening to country music when she growing up wasn’t the cool or popular thing to do, Beauregard said. The genre of music hadn’t turned into what it has today, she said.
On Friday, Beauregard was expected to perform the main stage of the Baked Potato and Corn Festival. She was performing with the Monthei Brothers Band of Meriden.
“We back her up,” said John Monthei, of the Monthei Brothers Band. “She’s talented. She’s a good song writer.”
The Monthei Brothers have been playing around the state for the past decade, Monthei said. The band plays rock and country style music. The group had to learn a lot of material for Beauregard’s gig, Monthei said, but were excited to play at the event.
The 2012 Mercy High School graduate, has been singing in Florida and soon will start performing with a band she met there. But once the year of studying and singing in local restaurants is over, Beauregard plans to move to Nashville with her aunt.
The city isn’t new to her. She first visited when she was 13 years old and she’s been there four times since. She has met with music producers and recorded four original songs last year at Sound Kitchen Recording Studio among “a-list” musicians, Beauregard said. Beauregard’s songs can be listened to and downloaded at her website, www.alexabeauregard.com.
“Alexa is very different,” said Beauregard’s mother, Kim Beauregard. “She doesn’t read music.”
Beauregard said the industry has changed and knowing how to read music is not essential to her getting a record deal. She said while she’s been able to get by so far without knowing how to read music it can have its advantages and disadvantages, she said. In the future, she said she may study and learn how to read music.
Deciding where to take her career has been difficult. Eventually, Beauregard decided to go to college for two years and then pursue her dream. Her goal is to form a fan base and get signed to a record label. She has been told by producers that she needs to be in Nashville in order to further her singing career.
“I know my career is not the easiest to conquer,” she said, “but singing is my first priority.”