Meet Lexi Gail Cummings. She is a recent college graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
Q: What did you study when you were in Lipscomb University?
A: I studied in Commercial Music and Songwriting Emphasis. And while I never technically was able to complete my Bible Minor, I always like to mention my love for studying and practicing the Christian faith.
Q: What kind of things do you need to be good at to become a song writer?
A: I started writing songs when I was 6 years old so I didn’t really have a whole lot of knowledge how to write at that point, I was just in first grade so I just learned how to read and kinda do the alphabet. It was something I always loved doing but over the years I have found that like creative writing and writing in general. I also have a blog, so writing is something I really enjoy a lot and every song writer is a little different, for me I do love the lyrics.
Q: Do you think that’s something you’re born with or did you develop that?
A: It’s definitely something you develop but it is something I had a passion for.
Q: Are you also a singer, do you sing your own songs or how does that go?
A: Because I have gotten a bit more into the song writing community up there in Tennessee, I kinda do both now. When I lived here, I wrote pretty much all by myself for the first 18 years of my life and so I went to college but now I am trying to write with other people, for some other artists, kind of working in developing other people and their skills as well so I kinda do all of it right now.
Q: Do you play any instrument or you just sing?
A: Well, I played guitar and piano a little bit before college and then I chose my main instrument to be piano when I got up to do my degree so I would say I’m an average piano player.
Q: What are your plans now since you just graduated from college?
A: Now that I’m here a little bit I’m trying to make the best of it , I just go through my catalog and I have over a hundred songs that I need to either fix up or figure out what to do with, so I’m using this as a reflective time. Now that I have graduated I have the flexibility to be my own business person.
Tell me a little bit about your family.
A: I’m staying with my mom and dad, I have 1 sister who is almost 2 years younger than me but a little bit shy, we both go to Lipscomb, I just graduated and she will be Junior next year. We’re pretty close in age and we do music together sometimes.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in North Tampa, and what do you love there?
Q: How long have you lived or worked in North Tampa?
A: I’ve been here all my life. I am a native Tampanian.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: There’s a lot of places I wanna see but one of my favorite places is the Virgin Islands.
Q: What is your all time favorite movies? Or TV shows?
A: Favorite TV show is The Office, it’s really fun. I am a series movie watcher so I really like Pearl Harbor, The Book Thieves. I love history.
Q: What is the best advise you ever received from a teacher? Who was that teacher?
A: I’ve received so much advice from so many of my professors, I don’t know if I could pick one in particular but I think from one of my college professors that, “ as a person you have a value and a purpose” and I think that’s something that has been valuable to me in navigating where I would go in life.
Q: What is your favorite music? Who is your favorite singer or band?
A: I have a lot of favorites but some of my all time favorite artists I would say are Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Adele, Pink. I’m a long time fan type of person, I love Whitney Houston, I still listen to her songs.
Q: Who inspires you or someone that you would actually pick his/her brain?
A: Probably like Kelly Clarkson or Adele, I feel like there’s such a cool human element to them, they’re just very vulnerable like here’s how it is..this is me so either you take it or leave it. They’re just very powerful, career driven but still good moms.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I’m like a very big picture type of person so I have all kinds of crazy things I love to be doing but I think just off top of my head, I’m kinda working on writing a book and so I would love to actually be a published author within the next 5 years for sure. I am working on some projects right. It’s gonna be streamable and so I’m hoping that in 5-10 years I can put out a lot of music, go on tour and I can start pushing my music and using my platform for things that are beneficial to the world, for charity and non profits.
Q: Who inspires you to do better?
A: My parents have always been very entrepreneurial. They’ve started doing businesses my whole life and I feel like a lot of what kinda just inspires me to see that even when everything hasn’t quite figured out and I don’t completely know my direction that something good will come from everything that I’m putting in, I think my parents are very big part to that for me.
Q: What advise would you give to people that are going into college?
A: It can be so stressful, I very much remember going through Junior or Senior year and it’s like slowly creeping up, sending out 8 or 9 college applications, so many different schools but just try to figure it out. I knew that I wanted to be in Nashville by the time I was in 7th Grade, I always knew I wanted to do music. So my advice would be is to learn to trust that you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be. Trust yourself a bit more, let go of the anxiety and just enjoy the moment and what you have around you and be excited about the change.