A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer-songwriter currently performing across the Northeast. Most recently a scholarship recipient at Berklee, Lemke bases her project out of Boston and New York, though recent shows have taken her as far as L.A., Miami, and London. Both an accomplished singer and self-taught guitarist, she began writing her own brand of pop/folk music a little over a year ago and released her first EP, titled Shades of Motion, in April of 2010.
Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic lyrics, lilting melody, finger style guitar, and a graceful, strong voice. A consistent and honest writer, her songs range from heartbreaking to playful, but always speak to self-awareness and universality. Performing now with a five-piece band, Lemke has found a full and refreshing sound as she moves forward with her music. Though her first forays into music came from performing in musical theater as early as middle school, her real passion emerged from 10 years of playing saxophone. Her leadership in high school propelled her into college jazz ensemble, where she doubled as baritone saxophonist and vocalist. Her discovery of vocal jazz inspired Lemke to take a semester off from school and work under the tutelage of jazz piano legend Garry Dial (Manhattan School of Music). It was during that spring in NYC that she picked up acoustic guitar, and upon encouragement from Dial, auditioned for Berklee.
A true Midwestern girl, Lemke grew up in Wisconsin with a healthy exposure to nature, camping, and travel. Her love for the environment carried over into her course of study at Swarthmore College, where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Theater and Biology. During her time at Swarthmore, she spent a summer conducting field research in Northeast Queensland, Australia, where she fell in love with conservational sciences and environmental studies. Lemke hopes to use her recognition gained through music to raise awareness surrounding environmental issues.