After a long hiatus from the music business, Alexandra Slate releases a self-published single that hits home for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant loss.
“It’s something that’s a very personal experience for everyone who has dealt with it and for individuals and couples who struggle with infertility, they know just how real all these feelings are. This song isn’t just from the outside looking in, this is a story about my life.”
Slate doesn’t go into detail, but that’s because infertility is such a sensitive topic, particularly for someone in the throes of it: - “It’s still hard for me to talk about my experiences with infertility, so I sang about it instead.”
Slate was signed to Hollywood Records at the age of 19 and recorded a full-length album, Edge of the Girl. Her song “Bad Girl” was part of the Tomb Raider 2 soundtrack and several of her songs debuted on prime time TV shows.
Slate has battled an intense anxiety disorder for most of her life, which has kept her from being able to travel as much as any record company would want or expect. The stress was just too much for her. “I was sick all the time. I had no voice two weeks into a four week promotional tour and my nerves were shot from the stress of the travel. I am a terrible flyer, and that’s downplaying it” Slate was unable to make certain flights due to anxiety issues and just couldn’t keep up with the intense schedule.
“I realized that touring and playing every night just wasn’t going to be feasible for me if I wanted to be happy and healthy. I just felt like I was always letting people down” Unfortunately, if you want to make it as a recording artist, these things weren’t optional.
“Hollywood Records was an extremely supportive, nurturing company. But in the end, I just couldn’t do my job the way it needed to be done. It was an amicable split and I still have so many fond memories of everyone who was part of my career back then”
Over time, things have changed for the artist, now in her mid 30’s. Slate opened a business in her hometown of Toronto where she works with dogs. “I love it. It’s so rewarding to work with animals and they never fail to put a smile on my face.”
When asked about possibly picking up where she left off in her music career Slate says “I love songwriting. I would continue to do that professionally in a second!”
Slate lives in Toronto with her fiancé and their 2 floofy cats. They hope to one day add a less floofy member to their family.