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Alexis Erin Pond/ Jim Richardson Jr.

Alexis Erin Pond/ Jim Richardson Jr.

He is the pen and she is the voice behind their debut hit single 'Butterfly Feeling', a collaboration that seems destined to flourish.

Jim grew up as a badly abused child in a household of two brothers, one sister, and his mother. Yet he managed to stay strong and never let his childhood negatively affect who he wanted to be. Having gone on to lead a successful life, Jim puts his passion and emotions into songs. He has sponsored Dream Catchers for Abused Children and continues to write songs addressing other forms of abuse, including drug abuse, sexual abuse and other social issues. In spite of this early adversity, Jim never looks at the bad side of life, instead choosing to look at how he can become better. Alexis was surrounded by music at an early age and has been singing as long as she can remember. Reporter Lily Clark recently interviewed Alexis to learn just what inspired her recent collaboration with Jim Richardson Jr their and smash radio single.

LILY: When did you first discover your love of music?
ALEXIS: I first discovered my love for music when I was 4 years old. My dad had a huge sound system and he would play country music every morning and I would stand on our vacuum cleaner and sing along with all the songs using the handle as my microphone. I loved singing. Everywhere and anywhere I was it didn't matter. 

LILY: Your song 'Butterfly Feeling' has been a big hit on radio for its third straight month.  What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
ALEXIS: I was actually at work when I heard my song on the radio and I was telling everybody about it and when it came on I started yelling at everyone, "sssshhhhh!!! Everyone be quiet this is me!!!! That's my song on the radio!!!" I was so beyond excited I couldn't even put it into words because we've come such a long way with that song it was rewarding to finally hear it on the radio.

LILY: What was the inspiration behind 'Butterfly Feeling'?  Can you describe the special person who inspired this song?
ALEXIS: The writer of the song, Jim Richardson, his inspiration for the song was for his wife Karen. When he sent me the song I instantly fell in love with it but there was so much more I heard for that song to make it much more heartfelt. I wanted to create a beautiful song for him so I added the violin and steel guitar to really make that song pop. His love for Karen inspired me to make that song what it is today.

LILY: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as 'Butterfly Feeling'?
ALEXIS :I would have to say some of them are. Some of them are more upbeat dancing songs, others are a country rock.

LILY: How would you characterize yourself as a musician? (ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
ALEXIS: I would describe myself as a musician as down to earth, laid back, fun loving country girl.

LILY: Some of your listeners are wondering if a music video for this song is on the horizon. What can we tell them? 
ALEXIS: There will be an amazing video to this song very soon. 

LILY: What do you find most rewarding about being a musician?  What do you find most challenging?
ALEXIS: What I like most about being a musician is the fans and people who believe in what I do. I love to make music that can change peoples lives no matter what they are going through in life. Without the fans and people I have around me I wouldn't be where I am today and I'm truly thankful and blessed for all of them. What I find most challenging is finding goals that can challenge me. I love a good challenge just so I can prove I have what it takes to accomplish anything. 

LILY: Who are your role models in music?
ALEXIS: My inspirations in music vary from Patsy Cline, Martina McBride , CarrieUnderwood to Miranda Lambert and others. I love all of them. Their vocal talents are absolutely beautiful. 

LILY: What advice would you give to young, aspiring musicians out there who are unsure and need guidance?
ALEXIS: My advice to young musicians would have to be if you aren't 100% sure that this is what you want to do with your life, don't try. I say that because you have to have tough skin and an unbreakable heart. You will have a lot of people tell you they will do this and do that and never come through and it's a tough pill to swallow. You have to have the mentality that you will not let these people destroy you and you will keep going no matter what. It's not an easy road but the rewards of having people love what you do is indescribable.

LILY: What's next for Alexis Pond and Jim Richardson Jr.?  Is there a follow-up single in the works?  If so, what can you tell us about it?
ALEXIS: There is another song we are working on right now. It's upbeat and fun and hard to resist getting up and dancing to it. I have a really good feeling about this song and hope that everyone will love it! 

LILY: Thank you for taking time out to share you story with me. I congratulate you on your achievements and wish you both continued success and good luck!