A first-time performer with Seattle Women's Chorus, local singer Alexandria Henderson takes the stage with the chorus next month in Hear Me Roar. Get to know her before you see and hear her in First Hill and Burien.
What’s your music background? I have been singing all my life, beginning in church when I was a little girl and then all throughout high school and college. I am classically trained and have a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. Currently I'm heavily involved in musical theatre and I also sing with a 90s cover band called Divatech.
Our audiences might remember your mom, Robin Henderson, from her epic gospel performance in last season's Not In Our Town. Do you sing with your mom? Yes! (First of all, she SLAYED, didn't she? Ah! She's amazing, and my favorite voice EVER.) I do get to sing with my mom, though not as often as I used to. A couple of weeks ago she was working on redoing a song she wrote when I was a child, and I said, "I'd LOVE to sing with you on this song." I'm such a huge fan of hers.
Robin Henderson, photo by Rick Wong
Have you ever performed with a chorus before? I have! The last time was with Seattle Men's Chorus. I was one of the Dynamites in the Hairspray 10th Anniversary concert produced with The 5th Avenue Theatre.
You’re singing a special tribute to Aretha Franklin in Hear Me Roar. What’s your favorite Aretha moment? Ms. Aretha Franklin was iconic. Her performance for Carole King at Kennedy Center Honors stands out as the most memorable for me. She played the piano and sang, and just killed it. And when she took off that fur...!! Honey, chills all over.
Your concert with us happens shortly before Halloween. What’s your favorite holiday memory? I am actually in the midst of making my favorite Halloween memories. Right now, my favorite aspect is picking a costume. I started dressing up only a few years ago, and each year gets more and more creative. Last year, my sister and I dressed up as Salt 'n' Pepa.
“One Step Closer,” which you'll perform next month, is written by your friend and Seattle local, Andrea Alhadeff. Have you worked together before? I have worked with Andi before! She and I are in Divatech together. I know what it means to write a song and put it out for all to hear, and I'm just so honored that she trusts me with her brainchild. I am going to do all I can to be great for her.
Tickets are available for Hear Me Roar. See and hear Alexandria with Seattle Women's Chorus, October 12, 13 & 20 at Seattle First Baptist Church and in Burien at the Highline Performing Arts Center.