From the HISD News Blog:
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts student Alexandria DeWalt’s dream
to make music that the world will hear is coming true sooner than she imagined.
DeWalt is among 32 talented high school students from across the country
selected by the Grammy Foundation for the 2017 Grammy Camp – Jazz Session where
young musicians are provided the opportunity to record an album together,
perform for some of music’s biggest names, and attend the Grammy Awards ceremony
as guests of The Recording Academy.
The program encourages high school students to pursue professional careers in
the music industry and makes them eligible for more than $2 million in college
scholarships made possible through the Grammy Foundation’s college partners.
“I am overjoyed,” DeWalt said. “It is mind-blowing
that I will be surrounded by some of the most extremely talented musicians. I am
looking forward to making music with them, recording in the same studio as Nat
King Cole, and of course going to the Grammys.”
The HSPVA senior, who sings jazz and plays the saxophone and flute, will head
to Los Angeles next month for the 10-day experience. The group will record the
“GRAMMY Jazz 25” album at Capitol Studios, and the album will later be featured
on iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody. They also will perform at the Grammy
Celebration after-party on Feb. 12.
DeWalt, who started playing jazz at Parker Elementary School and continued
her music studies at Meyerland Middle School, comes from a musically gifted
family. Her older brother, Adam DeWalt, an HSPVA graduate and Loyola University
jazz student, inspired her to delve deeper into music. She also fell in love
with jazz after listening to Sarah Vaughan’s classic 1950s song, “Lullaby of
“Alexandria is an amazing young lady,” said HSPVA Principal Scott Allen. “She
came to us as an instrumentalist, but she has blossomed in the area of vocal
jazz. Watching her mature and grow over the last four years has been a joy – one
of the great things about being the principal of HSPVA. The Grammy folks are
lucky to have Ms. DeWalt making music with them this year.”
After graduation, DeWalt plans to study vocal jazz and political science in
college and has goals of performing on a worldwide music tour with her own music
group. She says her sound is most influenced by artists Dee Dee Bridgewater,
Ella Fitzgerald, Erykah Badu, and Christian Scott.
“HSPVA has taught me how much work goes into being a musician and has given
me a head start in my musical career,” DeWalt said. “I have been given the
opportunity to be involved in many different aspects of music such as singing in
rock shows, indie music, and playing the sax and flute in musicals. All of this
has shaped me into an overall better musician.”