Alexa Dirks, the artist also known as Begonia, may have named herself after a flower, but she isn’t concerned about being delicate or sweet. With a point of view as bold and unconventional as her overwhelmingly powerful soul-pop voice, Dirks is focused on using her talents to empower herself and take charge of her own story.
Dirks has said that she’s always been too loud, too awkward, and too unyielding to feel like she could live up to conventional expectations. While that misfit status may have held Dirks back at one point, it’s now the fuel that propels her forward. Going it alone (after thriving in the Juno Award-winning folk group Chic Gamine) can feel risky, which is why Dirks has fortified herself as a bold and brazen superhero of sorts, with a new name and a wardrobe comprised of bright and unapologetic colours, designed to further buoy her already resolute voice.
That transformation from Alexa Dirks to Begonia is beautifully documented on Fear, her debut full-length solo album. Dirks’ soulful pop sensibilities and intimate lyrics invite audiences to celebrate the messiness, glory and pain of life. Equal parts scrappy and sexy, Dirks cuts to the heart of her subject matter with honesty, sensitivity and wisdom. Begonia represents an artist in full bloom, ready to show the world her blindingly true colours.
Biography by Elizabeth Chorney Booth