Alicia Marie aspires to be an old school blues and swing guitarist as well as an academic. She was named an "artist to watch" by Paul Gilbert in Guitar Player Magazine in 2011, and has been 1 of 9 instrumentalists included in Buddy Guy's "Guitar Prodigy Lineup" on his website. Additionally, her video channel (bluesbaby8) has received over a million views on YouTube. Along with winning numerous outstanding high school jazz soloist awards from various universities in Michigan, Alicia was also a two time All State MSBOA Jazz winner in 2010 and 2011. Over the years, Alicia has been fortunate to become acquainted with many generous musicians. Two musicians in particular, Marty " Big Dog" Mercer, one of the Chicago area's finest blues performers, and RJ Spangler, Detroit's premiere jazz/blues drummer and promoter, have given Alicia the opportunity to play with seasoned players all around Illinois and Michigan. She has performed at various venues and festivals, most notably the Chicago Blues Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, Buddy Guy's Legends, and venues in Detroit and Ann Arbor, such as the Scarab Club, Cliff Bell's, The Zal Gaz Grotto, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Callahan's. In addition to being a solo artist who is an acoustic and electric blues finger-picker, Alicia is also the guitarist in two bands: RJ Spangler's Kansas City Six, a Detroit based band that pays tribute to the blues shouters of the Southwest, and her old school blues trio, Big Al and the Brothers of the Blues. Alicia is a 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor where she received her BA degree in English, minor in American Culture, and completed an English Honor's thesis on the life and lyrics of Memphis Minnie. Alicia is currently pursuing her PhD studies in English Literature at the University of Mississippi--Oxford.