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Denison teen shares her love of music

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Lexi Rains rehearses for Music Matters in Denison. (KTEN) Lexi Rains rehearses for Music Matters in Denison. (KTEN)
Lexi Rains' book, Harmony the Hippo, offers encouragement to young performers. (KTEN) Lexi Rains' book, Harmony the Hippo, offers encouragement to young performers. (KTEN)
Lexi Rains enjoys sharing her love of music. (KTEN) Lexi Rains enjoys sharing her love of music. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- For high school senior Lexi Rains, music runs in her veins.

"It's always been a part of my life," the 18-year-old said. "I was born on a Wednesday and on stage on a Saturday, so I was quite literally born into it."

As a part of a musical family, most of Rains' memories included a microphone, singing with her sister.

"It's the norm to them to not live a normal life," said their mom, Shawnda Rains. "They grew up with it, and it's just a part of them."

But behind the notes is a girl who struggled with bullying and confidence.

"I thought I couldn't do it," Lexi Rains said. "My sister and my family are amazing performers and singers."

"I tried everything, and she wouldn't go on stage," her mom added. "But then she ended up trying out for the musical and ending up with the lead."

"I found my voice, and it's given me confidence in myself and taught me that I can do it," Lexi added.

Now, Lexi Rains is using her talents at a concert event Friday at Denison's Rialto Theater, Music Matters. It's aimed at instilling confidence and creativity in youth across Texoma.

"I love music and what it can do for people," she said. "Music was my avenue to find what I love, so I just wanted to encourage kids that you don't have to be a performer to find what you love."

Lexi also shows her love for music in a new book, Harmony the Hippo, about a girl who thinks her sister sings better than she does.

"I wrote this book because I wanted kids that may have felt like I did, and i wanted to give them hope," she said.

"Music gave her joy and a brand-new start," said her mom. "She overcame her fears and followed her heart."

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