Ita Alexander Akpan-Ita, Nigerian born record producer, audio engineer, musician, singer, songwriter, music consultant and owner of LexiSugar music group was born 5th May 1990 in Ibadan Oyo state, Nigeria. He is a graduate of Covenant University Nigeria and Career Recording Connection New York.
As a budding producer, LexiSugar creates instrumentals and soundtracks for artists, movies and TV shows, including recording and audio engineering . He is the brain behind finished music by mixing and mastering records from various clients, molding them into shape and making them ready for radio.
LexiSugar grew up with both parents, first of 4 children. Born and raised in a Christian family with a very active musical background, as both parents were singers in the church choir, his father back in the early 90s sang for top gospel artist Anne Inyang and many more till 2004.
He grew up loving artist renowned artists such as Majek fashek and Fela Kuti which stirred his love for afro and reggae music. He got his first little keyboard when he was four, and would just have fun with the sounds on it and in no time, he became conversant with the keys and sounds.
In his early high school years, at Faith Academy, Ota, he decided to take on a new artsy hobby in architecture due to his talent in drawing. Nonetheless, he was still musically active and played for his school soccer team till graduation.
Meanwhile his senior year became the turning point as he later stumbled on the bass guitar and he challenged himself to learn how to play the bass guitar on his own because of his major attraction to Abraham Laboriel, Integrity Music's icon.
Journey from Beginner to Maestro
Towards earning his first degree in college, he joined the school choir which harnessed his skills in gospel music, he saw this stage of his life as something different from the music norm and at that point, his passion to learn music was ignited. He is very skilled with the drums, keyboard, and the base guitar. As a self groomed music maestro LexiSugar watched and studied stars like, Tony Royster Jr, Richard Bona, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Dr Dre, and the rest.
He played at his first concert at 17 in Abuja, Nigeria, where he referred to himself as the world's least experienced musician on stage. However, receiving his first pay as a musician turned his frown upside down, and set a new tone for him to keep on forging ahead.
He moved to America in 2009 for a degree in ‘Music production and Audio engineering’ at Career Recording Connection New York, where he learned a lot about the craft in Jambox Entertainment Manhattan, New York and had a great internship experience. While in music school he joined a band formerly called ‘Braveboi Music Group’ (BBMG), and played at a few shows around the country; a major highlight for LexiSugar was playing and touring with American Idols’ runner up ‘Jesse Idol’.
In 2011, he graduated from Career Recording Connection and began a full scale production and recording studio, and that gave him the chance to work BET award winner ‘Falz’ (story teller), International recording Artist ‘Seyi Shay’ (loud), Former Good Music artist D’banj and the entire Mohits crew (on tour as bass player, New York 2012), South African Jazz singer Judith Sephuma, Gospel Artists like Sonnie Badu (San Antonio TX, 2015), Sammie Okposo (Plymouth Michigan, 2016), Midnight Crew in 2011, and other artists like Naomi Wachira, Hameed, Tnayah, Naomi Achu, just to mention a few.
He is also the bass player of a sensational band called ‘The Exponent’; they specialize in smooth jazz and R&B, the band was interviewed and broadcasted Live on Voice of America in 2014. Amongst many other opportunities, LexiSugar has performed at places like ‘The Smithsonian’ in Washignton DC, The famous ‘Baltimore Casino’, Fox 5 tv, Verizon’s ‘how sweet the sound’, Strathmore, Irvin Plaza New York, and many more. Undoubtedly, these opportunities have anted up his musical pursuit.
“I'm on a mission. I'm Obsessed with making records I'm genuinely proud of!”