Alexis Grace wowed the judges on season eight of American Idol with a big, soulful voice that belied her petite stature, just shy of five feet. “The dark horse of the competition,” as Simon Cowell called her, sung the music she grew up listening to as the daughter of a Beale Street musician. Alexis Grace is heavily influenced by the Memphis soul movement from the 60's and 70's. From Stax recording artists like Ann Peebles, The Staple Singers to new and edgy sounds of bands like the Alabama Shakes. If it makes you want to eat some Memphis BBQ, drink some sweet tea and move your body, then you must be listening to what Alexis is singing.