A family affair

American Idol’s Alexis Gomez returns to her Centerville home

By Matt Clevenger

Teamwork paid off for Alexis Gomez, an internationally known country artist who first gained national attention as a semi-finalist on American Idol in 2015. Originally from Centerville, she will return to her hometown Aug. 14 for a free show at Stubbs Amphitheater.

“It’s fun coming from a family that’s so musical,” Gomez says. “You learn a lot and get to play with all your friends and family. My dad is probably my No. 1 supporter, and he still plays in my band today. He does acoustic guitar and background vocals, and up until this year when my brother had his baby, he and his wife were both in the band. My sister runs merchandise sales for us, so it’s a big family affair.”

Gomez is excited about returning to her hometown, and returning to Stubbs.

“We got the chance to play there last year,” she says, “and it was just an absolutely amazing event. What we wanted to do this year is just to take it to the next level. It’s not just going to be a concert. We are going to bring out a lot of fun, exclusive surprises that people can only get at this show. And, the best part is that it’s free.”

Gomez and her band will also be offering a special VIP package that will be revealed on her web site as soon as the details are finalized.

“Anyone who comes out, they can expect a great time,” she says. “It’s going to be so much fun: family-friendly, lots of great music, and we are actually going to play some brand new singles that I just recorded. So, they can expect some new music and a killer show.”

A skilled multi-instrumentalist, Gomez learned from her father growing up. “I mainly play acoustic guitar,” she says, “but my dad is a musician and plays like every instrument, so he taught me a little bit of that, as well. I play piano, and a little bit of banjo. My very first instrument was bass guitar, and I like to play around a little bit on
the drums.”

Gomez appeared on the television show American Idol in 2015, and went on to become a top 16 finalist. When she was eliminated, she was one of only eight remaining female
performers.

“Basically, it was like a dream come true,” she says. “I had auditioned for the show three times, and this was my third-times-a-charm thing, I guess, because I made it beyond my wildest dreams. “I remember telling my mom and dad, ‘If I could just make it to the judges,’ and then ‘If I could just make it to Hollywood week,’” she says. “Then, I ended up making it as far as I did, which just completely blew my mind.”

“We traveled a lot with American Idol,” she says. “My very first audition was actually in Columbus, but from there, we went to Kansas City and then to Hollywood. We spent a couple of months out in L.A. We had some shows in Detroit and then back to L.A. It gave me a little taste of what it would be like to live that kind of a lifestyle. It was absolutely a blast and so much fun.”

Gomez has already released one self-titled album, which is available on her website, and plans to put out several new singles this fall. “We actually spent the month of June in Nashville, recording three brand new singles that I’m going to release in the fall of this year,” she says. “So people can keep their eyes open, because some brand new music is going to be coming out in a couple months.”

Gomez herself is in the process of moving to Nashville, where she has also had some success branching out into modeling. “I actually just leased an apartment in Nashville,” she says, “so I’ll be there more often than I have been. I’ll be writing a lot more and hopefully taking some meetings and making connections.”

“I just got signed with a local modeling agency called AMAX,” she goes on. “What’s really great about them is that it’s not just high fashion or print modeling; they do music videos for a lot of country artists. I’m just trying to get my foot in the door any way that I can and become a more well-rounded artist, and I think this is going to be a really great opportunity for me to learn and experience that lifestyle a little bit more.”

She is also preparing for a run of late summer and fall shows, including several appearances in the Dayton area and a 10-day trip to Poland. “I’m just trying to play anywhere and everywhere that I can,” Gomez says. “I’ve got an amazing platform with Idol, but I still have to work so hard at this because there are so many talented people out there.

“What’s so cool about Poland is that it’s actually a trip that’s orchestrated through my church,” she says. “I’m very involved with SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg – I’m one of the worship leaders there.

“We’re actually taking a team and we’re going over to Poland during a 10-day event called the Contact Festival,” she says. “We just go over and we put on a huge music festival all week. I’ll be bringing country music to Poland, which is probably something a little different for them, but I hope they love it.”

Alexis Gomez performs Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Stubbs Park Amphitheatre, 255 West Spring Valley Rd. in Centerville. Show starts at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please visit alexisgomezmusic.com.

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