About Alexa Curtis
Alexa Curtis is twelve years old and lives in Brisbane, Queensland after moving to Australia with her family from Auckland, New Zealand. She will represent Australia in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song We Are.
Alexa has a real passion for music and dance. She started with contemporary and jazz dancing at only 5 years old and later took up up ballet and tap dancing. In 2012 she appeared in an amateur production of Oliver! alongside her brother, Aidan, another budding singer and actor. The experience gave her a real taste of performing on stage. She has performed in the Sydney Schools Spectacular and other events supporting children's charities.
In 2014, when Alexa was only ten years old, she captured Australia’s attention when she won The Voice Kids Australia, with Delta Goodrem as her mentor. Without having any formal vocal training she sang live in front of millions of viewers. She is now signed to Universal Music Australia and she will perform her new single, We Are for the first time at Junior Eurovision in 2016.
Outside of performing, Alexa also loves sport and still finds time to attend the young Surf Life Savers, known as ‘nippers’ at her local surf club on the Gold Coast which she has attended over the past 7 years. Recently Alexa has also started playing netball. She is excited to represent Australia and is looking forward to meeting the other Junior Eurovision participants and performing on the global stage.
About the composers
Ali Tamposi is a songwriter from West Palm Beach, Florida, best known for co-writing Kelly Clarkson's song, Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) which became Clarkson's biggest commercial hit to date and earned multiple Grammy nominations including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Ali has written for many artists such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Rozzi Crane, Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Ciara, One Direction and Gary Clark Jr. Ali appeared on the final season of The X Factor as vocal coach and mentor to Simon Cowell's team, working alongside groups Restless Road, Sweet Suspense, and winners Alex & Sierra. She worked closely with Alex & Sierra on their debut album, writing four songs with the duo. She is featured on the current Cedric Gervais single Love Again (which she also co-wrote).
Tania Doko an award-winning artist and songwriter for both Australian and international projects. In recent years Tania has written successful hits for Australian X Factor winner Samantha Jade and contributed to major releases in the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Australia and Spain, including the haunting single Arrested on Spanish star Chenoa's no.1 selling album. More recently she has contributed to the multi-platinum selling album of Eurovision Song Contest winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, Australian and international superstar, Tina Arena’s latest offering Eleven as well as artists such as Chenoa (Spain), Ida Fontaine (Sweden) and Jessica Mauboy (Australia). Finding inspiration from her home away from home, Tania now resides in one of the world’s greatest songwriting hubs, Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. She regularly works with songwriting heavyweights including Jörgen Elofsson, Andreas Carlsson, Anders Bagge, Toby Gad, Ali Tamposi and Grammy nominated artist/songwriter, Eric Bazilian.
Matthew Jehu Samuels, professionally known as Boi-1da, is a Canadian hip-hop producer from Toronto, Ontario. He has produced for artists and groups such as Clipse, The Diplomats, Drake, Eminem, Jay Z, Joe Budden, G-Unit, Nicki Minaj, k-os, Das Racist, Lecrae, Nas, Bizzle, Talib Kweli, Saukrates, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Chris Brown among others. He has also collaborated with other producers who co-produce on his tracks, including The Maven Boys, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Vinylz and Allen Ritter, among others.