Singer-songwriter and part-time vineyarder Lexie Roth is poised to break out in music, acting, cooking, writing—or all of the above.
“It’s nice when I have the whole place to myself to roam free,” says singersongwriter Lexie Roth, speaking from her small guest cottage in Aquinnah as she preps her family home for summer rentals.
The 26-year-old, who splits her time among New York, Boston, and Martha’s Vineyard, should appreciate the calm before the storm. With her third album, New York, set for release in October, the gifted performer is poised for a massive boost to her name recognition in the music industry. Unless her acting career takes off first. Or her cooking career. The fact is, any of them could blast off like a rocket ship at any moment.
Performing is in Roth’s genes. Her father, noted guitarist Arlen Roth, has collaborated with James Taylor, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon and literally wrote the book on guitar instruction: Arlen Roth’s Masters of the Telecaster, considered the definitive manual for the Fender instrument. Her mother, Deborah, was an accomplished artist and illustrator, and together the couple founded Hot Licks Productions, which produced audio and video instruction tapes.
“It was an amazing, creative, open household,” Roth recalls of her childhood just outside Westchester, New York. “We were constantly drawing and painting and expressing ourselves.” That creative carte blanche extended to their summers in Aquinnah, where the family rented for years before buying a home in 1999. “A lot of my most special memories are of times with my sister here on the Vineyard.”
At 18, Roth released her first album, One Long Blink, which was an act of catharsis as much as musical ambition: Roth’s mother and sister, Gillian, were killed in a car accident when Roth was 10, and she used music to give voice to her heartache. “I needed a venue to release and express it through song,” she says. Her second, self-titled collection was more outwardfacing, with songs about the people she met during her summers and her travels—a perfect showcase for her sultry, bluesy vocals, especially on the melancholy yet uplifting “Lost Memory,” for which she filmed a music video.
Roth is also writing and will star in a Web comedy series called Choices, to be shot partly on the Vineyard. And if that weren’t ambitious enough, she also runs Rooted Food Company, catering affairs in Boston and on the island. But no matter what she’s doing, Roth always makes time to remember Aquinnah childhood summers gone by: “Just the smells and the sounds here bring me back to that time.”