Since 2004, Oakland, Calif.-based multilingual (French, Spanish, Portuguese, English) songwriter Alexa Weber Morales has made 12 studio recordings, including three solo albums, Jazzmérica, Vagabundeo and I Wanna Work For You, and a solo EP, From Me To Yule. In 2010, her vocals graced the Grammy-nominated latin jazz album Bien! Bien! In 2012, she was commissioned to write lyrics and sing on the Pacific Mambo Orchestra debut release. In 2014, that debut album won the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album, marking a historic triumph for the Bay Area latin music scene and for indie musicians everywhere!
In 2011, Alexa launched and completed a timely Kickstarter project, I Wanna Work For You. These ten original tunes are arranged by bassist Sam Bevan and feature top Bay Area musicians.
A percussionist, dancer, pianist and tree-climber, Alexa writes about smoldering obsessions, resourceful outcasts, captured sinners and restless spirits. Her lead singing and lyric writing on Wayne Wallace’s 2007 date The Reckless Search for Beauty received wide acclaim (Listen to Alexa on Use Me and Afro Blue).
Alexa’s 2004 debut, Jazzmérica, was produced by five-time Grammy nominee Wallace and boasts an all-star band including John Santos, Frank Martin (Stevie Wonder), Ricardo Peixoto (Claudia Villela), Edgardo Cambón, and many others.
Her second date, Vagabundeo (2007, Patois Records), again included a crack team, among them vocalist Kenny Washington, featured on the a cappella rendition of Calling You. Produced by Wallace and distributed worldwide via KOCH, the album received top-20 jazz radio play.
Alexa is a charismatic stage performer whose venues include Yoshi’s, Santana Row, Jazz at Pearl’s, many California festivals and shows in Austin, Las Vegas and Boston. She has opened for Lenny Williams (Tower of Power) and Average White Band, and is lead singer for the 19-piece Pacific Mambo Orchestra, which was signed to Columbia Artist Management. With PMO, Alexa toured the US in 2013, delighting audiences at performing arts centers with the vibrant new mambo sound of PMO and special guests Tito Puente Jr., Marlow Rosado and Willy Torres.