Who we are is a complicated thing. In every version of ourselves, we experiment with expressing our feelings, our sensations, or our singular perspectives on life—the good, the bad, and the ugly. We ache to impart our experiences to the world but mostly we just have something important to say and often times difficulty with which how to say it. We fall in love, we have regrets, missed opportunities, euphoric moments, cherished memories, impromptu dizzying late nights, dark days, sunny days, and unforgettable days. These all help shape who we are and they all say something different about every one of us. For me, it’s really just about saying something that’s hopeful, something that perhaps someone else doesn't know how to say. Like many have said before me, music is the soundtrack to our lives and I want to add my own unique points of view.
Born in Yorba Linda and raised in Anaheim, California, just a stone's throw from Disneyland, Alissa began writing songs at 11 years old. At this early age, she took notice of how songs have the ability to induce feelings and set out determined to make a career in music. By 17, her singing and writing ability helped secure a publishing deal in Los Angeles and she began playing in local venues throughout Southern California. She performed at clubs, local bars, community events; any place that could continue to progress her musical development. When she was 21, she moved to Nashville, inspired by a growing community of great songwriters. Now in a place called Music City, far from the Pacific Ocean, and deep-rooted in country music, she began writing and recording music that motivated her to find her own voice.
Alissa’s music attempts to bridge the gap between country and pop in a soulful way, by blending vintage California with the passionate simplicities of Tennessee. It’s a unique fusion of feelings that create a setting found only in Woody Allen films. Inspired by artists such as Janice Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones; along with more contemporary artists like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Adele, Eric Church, and Leon Bridges, Alissa generates qualities that remind us of when retro was much in vogue, while keeping us intimately aware of love, loss, and everything in between.