AleXa

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AleXa
AleXa틴프로듀스48.png
AleXa in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlexandra Christine Schneiderman
Also known asAlex Christine, Kim Seri
Born (1996-12-09) December 9, 1996 (age 25)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
OriginSouth Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2016–present
Labels
Stage Name
Hangul
알렉사
Former Stage Name
Hangul
알렉스 크리스틴
Korean Name
Hangul
김세리

Alexandra Christine Schneiderman (born December 9, 1996), known professionally as AleXa (Korean알렉사) and formerly Alex Christine (알렉스 크리스틴), is an American singer, dancer and actress based in South Korea. After competing in both seasons of the reality show Rising Legends, AleXa signed with Zanybros' ZB Label in 2018 and trained there for roughly two and a half years. During this time, she also competed on Mnet's Produce 48. She debuted as a K-pop singer in October 2019. In 2022, she represented her home state Oklahoma in the American Song Contest with the song "Wonderland" where she won with 710 points.[1]

Early life[edit]

AleXa was born Alexandra Christine Schneiderman on December 9, 1996, in Tulsa, Oklahoma,[2] to a Russian-American father and a South Korean mother. AleXa’s mother was adopted at age five by her adoptive American parents from an orphanage in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, where she last saw her brother.[3] AleXa is the elder of two siblings and has a younger brother.

As a child, AleXa took dancing lessons for various genres, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. She began to dance when she was eighteen months old and continued into mid-high school. She attended Jenks High School where she was a member of the show choirs Jenks Varsity Pom and the Jenks Trojanaires, which competed nationally. She attended Tulsa Community College, where she participated in theatre. AleXa was an avid K-pop fan and created an Instagram and snapchat account dedicated to covering K-pop songs and choreography while in school.[4]

Musical career[edit]

2016–2018: Rising Legends and Produce 48[edit]

In 2016, under the name Alex Christine, she participated in the Rising Legends online audition run by Soompi. The competition was organized in partnership with JYP Entertainment. In 2017, she competed on Rising Legends again when Soompi partnered with Cube Entertainment. Despite placing #1 in the dance category for both years, she did not make it into either of the companies' trainee programs and instead signed with ZB Label.[5] In 2018, AleXa competed on Produce 48 and was eliminated in the first round at #82.[6]

2019–2021: Debut, Do or Die and Decoherence[edit]

In 2019, AleXa released her debut single album titled "Bomb" on October 19.[7] She collaborated with rock band Diablo to release a rock version of the song on December 13.[8]

In 2020, she announced her first mini-album with the release of the trailer "A.I Trooper" on February 24. The music video "Do or Die" was released on March 6. The mini-album, also titled Do or Die, was released on April 1. AleXa collaborated with girl group Dreamcatcher and boy group IN2IT to release the single "Be The Future" for the Millenasia Project on May 6. The project, supported by UNESCO's Global Education Coalition, was released to bring attention to the importance of education and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] On July 16, AleXa released the music video for "Villain" (빌런) from her upcoming second mini-album titled Decoherence.[10] She released the mini-album alongside the music video for "Revolution" on October 21.[11]

In 2021, AleXa released her digital single "Never Let You Go" (오랜만이야) on January 14.[12] She collaborated with rock band Onewe to release an acoustic version of the song on February 8.[13] On April 12, AleXa released the OST "I Miss You Every Day" for the TV Chosun drama Somehow Family.[14] On May 18, Spotify announced its third RADAR collaboration in the MENA region, bringing together AleXa and Bader AlShuaibi, a Kuwaiti-Saudi pop singer. The song "Is It On" was released on May 21.[15] AleXa released her second single album ReviveR and its lead track "Xtra" on July 1.[16] She collaborated with all-female rock band Rolling Quartz to release the rock version of the song on August 25.[17]

2022–present: American Song Contest[edit]

In 2022, AleXa released her third single album Tattoo on January 6.[18] On March 3, AleXa was announced as one of the contestants to compete in the American Song Contest, representing Oklahoma with the song "Wonderland".[19] On May 9th, 2022 it was announced she won the competition.[20]

Other ventures[edit]

From June 23 to August 4, 2020, AleXa served as a guest host on the podcast How Did I Get Here?, often shortened to "HDIGH". On August 7, 2020, Dive Studios announced on their Twitter that she would become a permanent fixture on the show alongside original host Jae Park from Korean band Day6.[21][22][23] The podcast won the "People's Choice" and "Entertainment" category at the Podcast Award in 2020.[24] It also went on to win Best Podcast 2020 from Apple Podcasts.[25]

On January 29, 2021, AleXa created a new YouTube channel called AleXa 360 focusing on vlogs and behind the scenes footage.[26]

On March 18, it was announced that AleXa would be making her acting debut in the anthology horror film, Urban Myths

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[27]
Do or Die[28] N/A
Decoherence
  • Released: October 21, 2020
  • Label: ZB Label, Warner Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
67
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that region.

Single albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[27]
Bomb
  • Released: October 21, 2019
  • Label: ZB Label, Sony Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
N/A
ReviveR
  • Released: July 1, 2021
  • Label: ZB Label, Warner Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
41
Tattoo
  • Released: January 6, 2022
  • Label: ZB Label, Sony Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
50
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR
[32]
US
World

[33]
"Bomb" 2019 7 Bomb
"A.I Trooper" 2020 Do or Die
"Do or Die" 23
"We Can" Non-album single
"Villain" (빌런) Decoherence
"Revolution"
"Never Let You Go" (오랜만이야) 2021 Non-album single
"Xtra" ReviveR
"Tattoo" 2022 TBA Tattoo
"Wonderland" Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborations[edit]

Title Year Album
"Be The Future"
(with Dreamcatcher & In2It)
(As Millenasia Project)
2020 Non-album singles
"Rule The World"
(with TheFatRat)
"IS IT ON"
(with Bader AlShuaibi)
2021
"Summer Breeze" (나만 없어, 여름)
(with Daedo)

OST[edit]

Title Year Album
"I Miss You Every Day" (어제도 오늘도 너무 보고싶어) 2021 Somehow Family OST Part 9

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Urban Myths Se-ri Film

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Note Ref.
2018 Produce 48 Herself As Alex Christine [6]
2022 American Song Contest Representing Oklahoma [34]

Web shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Virtual Top Ten Song Host YouTube [35]

Podcast host[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2020–2021 How Did I Get Here? Co-host [23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award ceremony Date Category Nominee/Work(s) Result Ref.
Soribada Best K-Music Awards August 13, 2020 Next Artist Award AleXa Won [36]
Asia Artist Awards November 28, 2020 Focus Singer Award Won [37]
December 2, 2021 Potential Award – Female Won [38][39]
American Song Contest May 9, 2022 N/A "Wonderland" First [40]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "AleXa on Instagram". Instagram. December 9, 2019. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved April 6, 2020. Thank you so much for joining my birthday party!
  3. ^ "[Interview] AleXa: K-pop fan from Oklahoma now living dream as K-pop star". koreatimes. 2022-01-06. Archived from the original on 2022-03-15. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  4. ^ Neal Kuykendall, Lindsey (January 23, 2018). "Alex Christine is on her way to K-Pop fame". TulsaPeople. Archived from the original on May 17, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (2019-10-20). "AleXa Takes Unconventional Route to Finally Make K-Pop Debut With 'Bomb': Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ a b Herman, Tamar (2020-01-13). "How Much Does It Cost To Debut A K-Pop Star? Zanybros CEO Discusses AleXa's Debut". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  7. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (2019-10-31). "AleXa Makes a 'Bomb' Top 10 Debut on World Digital Song Sales Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  8. ^ Herman, Tamar (2019-12-13). "AleXa Teams up With Diablo for Rock Version of 'Bomb': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  9. ^ "Milllenasia Project - Be The Future". Millenasia Project. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  10. ^ "AleXa on Twitter: AleXa PRE-RELEASE SINGLE "Vilain"". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  11. ^ AleXa (알렉사) - 'Revolution' Official MV, retrieved 2021-04-13
  12. ^ AleXa (알렉사) – 오랜만이야 (Never Let You Go) Official MV, retrieved 2021-03-18
  13. ^ AleXa H & ONEWE - 'Never Let You Go' [Square Live], retrieved 2021-04-13
  14. ^ "'괴물 신예' 알렉사가 부른 '어쩌다 가족'". n.news.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-04-11.
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  20. ^ Terry, Connor (2022-05-09). "The American Song Contest: Oklahoma's AleXa wins the very first edition of the contest". ESCUnited. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  21. ^ "AleXa as a new Co-Host HDIGH".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "First episode with Jae".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  24. ^ "Podcast Awards - The People's Choice". podcastawards.com. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  25. ^ "Best Podcast 2020".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  31. ^ "01월 11일 Retail Album Chart" [January 11, 2022 Retail Album Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  32. ^ Peak Gaon Chart Digital Chart Ranking
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  34. ^ "'American Song Contest' 2022: Meet the 56 participants for Season 1". Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  35. ^ Kim Hyun-sik (March 24, 2022). "알렉사, '버추얼 가요톱텐' MC 발탁" [Alexa selected as MC for 'Virtual Gayo Top Ten] (in Korean). Edaily. Retrieved March 24, 2022 – via Naver.
  36. ^ "2020 Soribada Best K Music Awards Winners List: BTS wins Daesang; TWICE named Artist of the Year". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
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  38. ^ Baek, Yoon-gi (December 3, 2021). "이정재→BTS·세븐틴 '2021 AAA' 대상… 임영웅 4관왕 [종합]". Edaily (in Korean). Retrieved December 3, 2021.
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External links[edit]

  • Media related to AleXa at Wikimedia Commons