Alexis Krauss

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Alexis Krauss
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Krauss performing at the Clazel Theater in Bowling Green, Ohio, November 2012
Background information
Birth name Sydney Alexis Duncan Krauss
Born (1985-09-27) September 27, 1985 (age 32)
Manasquan, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Noise pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • schoolteacher
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

Alexis Krauss (born Sydney Alexis Duncan Krauss; September 27, 1985)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, former schoolteacher, activist and frontwoman of the noise pop duo Sleigh Bells. She is co-founder of Beauty Lies Truth, a website dedicated to educating consumers about the ingredients in personal care products.[2]

Krauss studied International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, and then received New York State certificates for elementary and bilingual education at Pace University.[3] After completing Teach For America and meeting her bandmate Derek Miller, she began her career as a full-time musician.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sydney Alexis Duncan Krauss was born and raised in Manasquan, New Jersey.[5][6] Her father, Joel Krauss, is a professional musician who was a member of Holme and a founding member of Cats on a Smooth Surface.[7] Her mom is Karen Duncan, a registered nurse.

Krauss performed in music and musical theatre from the age of nine until the age of 16.[8] As a teenager, she sang lead vocals and played bass in an all-girl pop group called RubyBlue, which recorded two singles and an unreleased album before breaking up.[9]

After breaking from music, she returned to school and majored in international studies in college.[8]

Sleigh Bells[edit]

Krauss had been teaching elementary school via Teach for America[1][8] for two years before she met soon-to-be Sleigh Bells bandmate Derek E. Miller, who was the server at the restaurant she and her mother were dining in. Miller mentioned that he was looking for a vocalist for his music project and Krauss' mother suggested Krauss.[8][10][11]

Other ventures[edit]

In February 2014, Krauss and her friend Jessica Assaf founded the blog Beauty Lies Truth, which educates consumers on the toxic ingredients in cosmetics and skincare products.[12][2][13][14][15] The blog was officially launched in August 2014.[2][13]


Studio albums with Sleigh Bells[edit]


  1. ^ a b "My Favorite Things: Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells". Spin. March 30, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Mahlmeister, Chrissy (August 19, 2014). "Exclusive: Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss Talks Beauty Industry Deception". MTV News. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Marino, Nick (October 14, 2010). "Do Not Adjust Your iPod". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Langford, Hilary (May 6, 2011). "Hot For Teacher". Style Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Swerdloff, Alexis (May 10, 2010). "Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?". Paper. Retrieved November 20, 2016. My full name is actually Sydney Alexis Duncan Krauss. 
  6. ^ Goble, Corban (February 24, 2012). "Wanna See Alexis Krauss' Yearbook Photos?". Stereogum. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ Biese, Alex (January 9, 2015). "Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss returns to the Stone Pony". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d Keegan, Arianne (February 24, 2015). "Interview with Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells". She/Folk. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss on Her Girl Group Past and Their Relationship With M.I.A. - BlackBook". BlackBook. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  10. ^ Patel, Puja (October 9, 2013). "Q&A: Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss On Touring, '80s R&B, And What Her Former Students Think Of Her Music". Stereogum. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (February 9, 2012). "Sleigh Bells Bring the (Even Bigger) Noise". GQ. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ Williams, Nick (January 13, 2015). "How To Detox Your Makeup Bag in 2015". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Muller, Marissa G. (December 8, 2014). "Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss Talks Clean Routines and Taking Back the Power in the Beauty Industry". Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ Oliver, Dana (March 16, 2015). "#TruthBeauty Takes The Stress Out Of Finding Non-Toxic Makeup And Hair Products". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (August 19, 2014). "Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss Starts Beauty Website". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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