Allie X (born Alexandra Ashley Hughes) is an electronic pop singer-songwriter and producer from Toronto, Canada. Trained in musical theatre at several universities, she worked in musicals and was a contestant on Canadian reality show "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" She left theatre to create music with others in Toronto's indie scene - releasing music under the names Allie Hughes (2006 LPs Ladies and Gentlemen and Waiting for the Prize and 2010 EP Allie Hughes) and ALX (2012 EP Allie X Andra). Hughes moved to Los Angeles, California in 2013 and began working on songs as Allie X. In 2014, she released Catch on Soundcloud with no promotion. Katy Perry tweeted about the song, providing an instant audience which was described as a "breakthrough" for Hughes's career. Prime and Bitch followed, with the former being especially praised for its production. EP CollXtion I was released in April 2015, with an accompanying residency at the Phi Centre in Montreal from April 30 to May 2. Hughes has been praised for her voice, multimedia artistic endeavors, fan participation, and engaging live performances throughout the promotion for the EP.