Today we’d like to introduce you to Allysa .
Hi Allysa, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My love for music started when I was young. According to my mom, when Angel by Shaggy came out, I was obsessed with the song ( I believe I was 4 years old). I don’t remember much about when I was that young, but I do know since first grade until college, I was involved with choirs at the schools I attended. After graduating from college, I decided to take my passion for music seriously and pursue it professionally. I released my first ep project in 2020 and another ep in 2021. It has honestly not been an easy road, but I enjoy what I do, and it makes me happy when people reach out and tell me how much they enjoy my music and encourage me to keep going.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. I sometimes feel discouraged when my music doesn’t do as well as I expected it to, which I think is a normal feeling as an artist. Another struggle for me has been keeping up with content– I want to stay true to myself, so I take my time to craft my content. I also often struggle with sticking to one genre of music in terms of the beats I use. I feel like music is my outlet to express myself, and sometimes I do stir away from my r&b roots and want to tap into other genres like am a piano and afro beats, and often people have stated they were confused.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter. I am known for making music, I am a first-generation American, and I use my mother language(s) in some of my music which sets me apart from other artists. I am most proud of how well my music has been received from the jump. My first ep got radio play in the US and South Africa, which was something I did not expect.
What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I’ve learned lessons from patience, staying true to myself, and not comparing myself to other artists and their journeys. I realized that everything happens when it’s supposed to happen and that I need to enjoy the now, not worry about the future, because these moments are building me and making me equipped for what’s to come.