Begonia (Alexa Dirks) has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet, it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. NPR Music called this space “the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy,” while CBC Music dubbed this fusion “her own brand of gospel.” Dirks was joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), to record her debut, Lady In Mind, which the Globe & Mail claimed to be "an audacious adventure in modern soul, with gospel inspirations and updated takes on finger-snapping Motown pop and late 20th-century R&B." Penned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg the songs on Lady In Mind have already earned Begonia Western Canadian Music Award nominations for both Songwriter Of The Year and Breakout Artist Of The Year. While the song 'Juniper' jumped to the #1 spot on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 last September. The layering of acoustic instruments with modern synths, and the duality found in both her songwriting and the name Begonia are very much informed by the way in which Dirks finds herself in everyday life. Bridging the gap between old and new, between fire and ice. Somewhere in the middle we find Begonia. Begonia’s follow up full length album is in the works and expected later in 2018!