It will be a very special performance for one Pauls Valley resident when one singer takes the stage during this weekend’s BrickFest event.

A part of Saturday’s line-up of festival entertainment is Lauren Alexander, a teenage singer from Bullard, Texas.

The connection here is she happens to be the great-niece of Hattie Vickers of Pauls Valley.

Vickers said the singer is a veteran of the country and western music world even though she’s only 17 years old right now.

“I don’t know when she started to play guitar. She started singing back when she was in nursery school,” Vickers said.

“She writes her own songs. She’s pretty talented.”

Alexander first performed on stage when she was only 6. She’s had her own full-time band since age 11.

The young singer recorded her first album at 12 with a release of three songs to radio. Her first song, “Goodbye You,” and second, “Five Miles Outta Austin,” were top 10 hits on the Texas charts. Her most recent single, “Perfume And Gasoline,” is also the title of her newest album.

Vickers said her great-niece may be moving up in music but she still stays close to her Texas roots.

“She plays every year at Bullard’s Red, White and Blue Day,” Vickers said.

While offering just a few thoughts on the teen, Vickers said inspiration for her songs comes from just about anywhere.

As an example, within the last couple of years Alexander performed at a large fair for singers and musicians in Nashville, Tenn. While there she was told she had an “attitude.”

That’s all it took as she returned home and wrote a song about the thought.

“She just went home and wrote a song about it called ‘Texas with an Attitude.’”

Vickers added her great-niece also does an amazing rendition of the legendary country song “Crazy.”

“I gave me chills it was so much like Patsy Cline,” she said.

Alexander is scheduled to take the BrickFest stage in the Santa Fe Depot area at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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