“A radiant voice… sparkling artistry and unerring confidence… Ascendant Singer… young and chic possessing an electric stage presence…” – DOWNBEAT
“…a jazz singer with a global perspective…” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“…Thana Alexa stood out, turning a style of scatting that’s become cliché into something entirely new, evocative, and exhilarating!” – BILLBOARD
“Her voice is enthralling, her compositions are heart-warming and her arrangements are heart-stopping.” – JAZZTIMES
2016 and 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Female Vocalist, runner up in the 2014 Made in NY Jazz Competition, winner of the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition and nominee in the category of Best Jazz Composition for the 2011 PORIN Awards – the Croatian Music Academy’s honor equivalent to the Grammy Awards in America. Thana Alexa released “Ode to Heroes”, her Harmonia Mundi Jazz Village debut in March 2015, an album of original compositions and vocal arrangements, which bring together elements of jazz, pop and world music.
On her upcoming album “ONA” (set for release in 2019), Thana explores the feminine and the role women play in our world – a role that makes female influence and strength undeniable, but one that is more often than not overlooked and undervalued. Her music expresses the obligation she feels to make a relevant statement about the times in which we live. Thana takes a microscopic look at the lives of women, the mind, the soul, the sexuality and the fight within the female. The album integrates elements of jazz with soul, electronica, pop and world music to convey a message of strength, female empowerment, and the need to be the change we want to see in the world. The album features a core group of Antonio Sanchez, Matt Brewer, Carmen Staaf and Jordan Peters who back an impressive ensemble of female special guest artists including Regina Carter, Becca Stevens, Claudia Acuña, Sofia Rei, Nicole Zuraitis, Sarah Charles, ROSA – an all-female vocal ensemble, and poet/ activist Staceyann Chin.
Alexa is an active member of Antonio Sanchez’ touring ensemble Migration (Grammy winner for the Birdman film score as well as Pat Metheny’s drummer of 16 years) and has recorded two critically acclaimed albums with the group, New Life and The Meridian Suite, (Seamus Blake, John Escreet, Matt Brewer). Alexa also appears on four of guitarist Gene Ess’s albums. The first two records (Fractal Attraction and Eternal Monomyth) – for which Alexa contributed vocals, compositions and lyrics – won the SESAC Jazz Award in 2015 and 2016.