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Lexi Lanni

Singing it Her Way

Lexi LanniAt 10 years old, if you ask Lexi what she wants to “be” when she grows up, she does not hesitate for a second, she wants to be a singer. This comes as no surprise to her parents as she has been singing as long as they can recall. While that is likely true of many children, what makes Lexi different is her mature taste in music and a voice that sounds as if it’s coming from a 30 year-old woman.

Lexi has been singing ever since she could speak. When she was two years-old, she memorized all the words to several Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble songs. While most kids at that age are singing nursery rhymes she gravitated toward the classics. Of course, everyone thought her singing was cute, but at that point, it was not remarkeable. It wasn’t until she was the ripe age of seven that her parents started to believe there was something special about her voice. It was at that time that she became obsessed with an Italian aria called Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini. She would ask to listen to the song over and over and would sing along. Her parents couldn’t believe the voice that was coming from such a tiny girl.

It was around the same time that Lexi was exposed to the soundtrack of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, The Phantom of the Opera. Lexi had an instant connection to the music and would listen to the songs non-stop. She sang the songs everywhere she went, performing for anyone who would listen. Her school music teacher took Lexi Lanninotice of her ability and offered to give her singing lessons. She performed for an audience for the first time at her third-grade talent show. After the performance it was clear that not only did she love to sing but performing on a stage was something she was destined to do.

Lexi is now 10 and since that first performance just two short years ago she has continued training and performing. In September of 2013, she entered and won New England’s Got Talent beating out over 100 acts of all ages with her performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Think of Me”, from The Phantom of the Opera. Since then, she has been busy performing whenever she gets the opportunity. In December of 2013, she was a guest performer at The Stadium Theatre’s Christmas Spectacular and also performed for over 1,000 people, including politicians from across the state of RI at Mayor Charles Lombardi’s Holiday Party. Her rendition of Ave Maria (Schubert) brought many people to tears. It’s not just the sound of her soprano voice that people are enamored with, it’s her ability to deliver a song with such emotion and passion that leaves the audience in awe and feeling a flood of emotions.

Lexi has not deviated from her early love of the classics. At an age when many of her peers are listening to Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, she prefers songs that were written many years before she was born. Her repertoire includes songs in Hebrew, German, Latin, Italian, Spanish and English. Some of her recent favorites are Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck, Pie Jesu (Faure), Pie Jesu (Webber) Think of Me (Phantom of the Opera), and You’ll Never Walk Alone (Carousel). The future is bright for Lexi. Her future goals are to attend Berklee College of Music and she hopes to one day play the role of Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. Presently she continues private voice lessons and participates in the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. She is beginning piano lessons and hopes to someday write and compose her own songs.

Lexi recently came in third place in The 2014 Hal Leonard Corporation Vocal Competition. Hal Leonard is one of the biggest music publishers. She also will be singing at the Miss RI pageant in June. On a personal note, Lexi is family. And we coudn't be more proud of her!