the wake of the premiere of the Tonos and VH1 Road
Los Angeles-based vocalist Alexis Aargont has gone from local singer
to full-fledged diva, having graced the VH1 airwaves on her own road
After winning a
Tonos Challenge, Alexis had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to kick her
career into high gear with the help of Tonos and its Hitmakers -
including the likes of Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster, Kenny
"Babyface" Edmonds, Diane Warren, Rodney Jerkins and Toni Braxton.
excited. I'm finally starting to realize that this is all really
happening to me," Alexis said just days before the show aired.
"I can't believe that in a few days I'm going to be on TV and
the whole world will see me! My mom can't believe it either,"
the singer laughed.
As viewers of Road
will already know, the show followed Alexis in a songwriting rundown
with Sager and Warren, recording with Babyface and Jerkins, and
taking vocal pointers from Braxton.
highlight of this experience, for me, was being surrounded by so many
incredibly talented people. Kenny, David, Carole, Diane, Rodney and
Toni were amazing. And being with them was very comfortable. They
treated me like an equal," Alexis went on to say.
In addition to
starring in a music video for her recording of "It's All A
Shame," written by fellow Tonos Challenge winners Ernest Enoch
and Anthony Green, Alexis had the chance to meet with representatives
of Capitol Records in pursuit of the always-elusive major label
record deal. As for the airing of the show, a second meeting with the
label was pending.
nervous at all," Alexis said of her upcoming second round with
Capitol. "Having Carole, Kenny and David behind me has really
helped my confidence. The people at Capitol will get to see the show
and get to see how I come off on TV. I hope that they'll like the
show, and if it's the place for me, they'll sign me."
In the meantime,
Alexis continues to work her day job at her mother's insurance
agency, while taking Salsa and hip-hop dance lessons at night.
want to thank everyone at Tonos and [Road
producers] Norton/Connolly Productions for giving me this
unbelievable experience," Alexis concludes. "It's really
been an amazing journey."