How Lexii Lynn Frazier became Top Gun: Maverick’s new guitar hero and recorded her parts with just hours to spare

Lexii Lynn Frazier
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When audiences took their seats for Top Gun: Maverick this summer, the first thing to greet their ears was another 2022 reboot: Lexii Lynn Frazier’s interpretation of the classic Top Gun Anthem. The timeless, nostalgia-inducing soundtrack was familiar yet fresh, with the prolific session player delivering her own take on the super-sized, sustain-laden lead licks throughout.

With Top Gun: Maverick set for release on Blu-Ray on October 31, we caught up with Frazier to find out how a 21-year-old with no previous film credits got the gig over, say, regular Hans Zimmer collaborator Guthrie Govan, who was credited as a score consultant on the film. 

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).