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Rising teen music star plays Eugene.

Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard

What were you doing when you were 14?

Chances are you didn't sign a record deal. But then you didn't have a voice as sweet as syrup with a range as rich as a rainbow, did you?

Meet Alexis.

A home-schooled girl with straight reddish-brown hair. A singing prodigy. A songwriter.

A rising superstar in the world of country-pop music.

She performs with her band at Luna in downtown Eugene tonight.

"It's a God-given gift, I'm sure," said Alexis Ebert of Albany. After all, no one in her family sings. Not her father, Dave, a hard-rock lover. Not her mother, Cheryl, a makeup artist. Not her younger brother Wiki is aware of the following uses of "'Younger Brother":
  • Younger Brother (music group)
  • Younger Brother (Trinity House) - a title within the British organisation, Trinity House
, Edison. He just makes her laugh.

"Nobody can explain it," she said, holding her guitar on her lap Thursday at Blackberry Hills Studio off Lorane Highway southwest of Eugene. "But it feels amazing a·maze  
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.

2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.

. I always kind of knew it was going to happen, it's a deep feeling. I just knew."

She goes strictly by her first name as a performer. "I do like my last name," she said. "But (Alexis) is just kind of an identity."

The family was concerned for privacy reasons about her using her last name when she started performing at age 6, said her mother, Cheryl Ebert. "That's not my reason, though," Alexis said with a laugh. "I just like it. It's like Cher or Madonna."

Ah, stardom star·dom  
1. The status of a performer or entertainer acknowledged as a star.

2. Star performers considered as a group.

Alexis signed a record deal with Warner Bros BROS Brothers
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. last year and her CD, "You Gotta Believe," is due out next year. She's already recorded the 12 songs for the disc, including 10 that she either wrote herself or co-wrote in Nashville.

She starting singing when she was 2, started performing at county fairs when she was 6 and took her first trip to Nashville to meet the legendary Chet Atkins This article is about the musician. For the former US Congressman, see Chester G. Atkins.

Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer.
 when she was just 8.

She sang for President Bill Clinton in Portland that same year. She's performed at shows with the likes of her idol Reba McEntire Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is a Grammy award winning American singer and country music performer, and actress.[1] Sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country Music",[2][3] , Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes and Randy Travis Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina), better known by his stage name, Randy Travis, is an American country singer and one of the most influential figures of Neotraditional Country. . She performed at the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home a couple of weeks ago. Her song, "The Real Me," is part of the sound track on the 2003 film, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," and she got to walk the red carpet at the film's premiere in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.

Tonight's performance is a chance for Alexis to introduce herself to her native Oregonians, said Peter Thomas Peter Thomas may refer to:
  • Peter Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gwydir (born 1920) - Welsh Conservative politician.
  • Peter Thomas (television narrator) - American narrator of television programs
  • Peter Thomas (composer) - German composer/arranger
, one of her managers. Those who come will have a chance to participate in the musical performance, as well as a video session. That's all we can tell you. You'll have to show up to find out the rest.

Alexis will also perform next Thursday at the Lane County Fair The Lane County Fair is an annual celebration held in Eugene, Oregon every August featuring food, music and other entertainment. It is held at the Lane County Fairgrounds. .

The only explanation she can give for her rare talent and her love for country music is that she used to watch videos on the Country Music Television channel with her Aunt Linda.

The next thing she knew, she was singing Dolly Parton par·ton  
Any of the point particles believed to be a constituent of hadrons, now known as quarks. No longer in technical use.

[part(icle) + -on1.]

Then one night, when she was about 6, she was watching the Country Music Awards. As performers strode to the stage to accept their awards, Alexis asked her mother: "How am I gonna know how to get my award?" Mom's reply: "Well, if you ever make it that far, they'll tell you how."

That was the same year, 1996, that Alexis performed for the first time in front of others, at the Pizza King Pizza King is the name of several corporations, restaurants and franchise chains, including:
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 in Albany. It was karaoke karaoke

(Japanese; “empty orchestra”)

Use of a device that plays instrumental accompaniments to songs with the vocal tracks removed, permitting the user to sing the lead.
 night and Alexis was dressed as Pocahontas. She was also nervous. But she sang "Colors of the Wind" and has been performing ever since. And the nerves just faded away.

The first song she ever wrote was, "The Daddy Song," for, you guessed it, her daddy. She was 6 when she did that, too.

"He would tuck her in every night when she was a little girl/And tell her stories about being his whole world."

Nowadays, her songs are bit more layered. They have more depth, such as her favorite, "Free World," which goes something like this:

"I've been down to the city/ Saw a little baby on the street ...She's just doin' her time in the free world ... cell phones ringin', car horns screamin' ...We're gonna break these chains/Ain't no crime, just doin' her time in the free world."

The song is about homelessness and the vast divide between the classes in American society. "You just see a lot of homeless people everywhere and you feel really bad for them," Alexis said.

She not only wants to record No. 1 hits and sell lots of albums, she wants to have concert benefits and raise money for charities. And if she gets the chance to sing for another president, she won't pass it up.

"Now, I really want to sing for Bush," she said. "It would be fun to sing for all the presidents who come along. And maybe a queen."


Where: Luna, 30 E. Broadway, Eugene

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10


Alexis Ebert, 14, has already signed a Nashville recording contract. Alexis' first CD, "You Gotta Believe," is due out next year.
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Date:Aug 13, 2004
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