Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Jerrica Alyssa, born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. and just moved to Nashville!
Three things you might find interesting about me: I started as a Polynesian touring dancer at a very young age, I’m a conservatory trained pianist and as a singer/songwriter I feel most comfortable straddling the worlds of pop/R&B/soul.
How did you get your start in music?
As a young child, I remember my home being filled with music playing all the time. When my parents would play classic Pop & R&B records by legends like Michael Jackson, I’d always put on a show to sing and dance for my family. This was the beginning of my musical journey, exhausting my family with my singing, piano and dance. Music has always been the center of my life, now expressed through my own music.
You didn’t just go all in on music as you managed to get your Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Genetics from the University of BC. How important was it for you to gain that degree as a safeguard? Was there a particular career path you were interested in?
I’ve got to be honest, I’m a science nerd as well as a musical artist. Add to that my dance experience and I feel really fortunate to be well rounded and I am thankful for that journey. My background in the sciences helps me with audio and visual production. I ain’t going to lie, my family wanted me to have a safe career in the sciences but I went with my heart.
You also received your formal musical training with an Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) diploma. How much did that program teach you to help you get to where you are today?
It is the solid foundation of my musical skills.
You’re originally from Vancouver, but you left home to reside in Nashville, TN. How difficult was that decision and what has the transition been like?
The musical community in Nashville has embraced me and I feel at home. The musical heritage in the South totally inspires me.
How would you describe your musical style?
My music is rhythmic modern pop meets urban R&B vibes, beneath sultry vocals. It has a classic warmth and flow of smooth RnB from back in the day.
You have a new single out called Those Cherry Lips. What can you tell us about this song and why audiences should give it a listen?
The story behind Those Cherry Lips is about the beautiful, gentle, sensuous connection between two lovers. More than a love song, it comes from a feminine sensitivity about two lovers meeting with passion. The lush color of those cherry lips describes the mesmerizing nature of someone’s beautiful lips when they speak and kiss.
I’m hoping my audience can listen and remember romantic moments from their past or dream of beautiful encounters in the future.
What’s the experience at one of your live shows like?
I like to see a good balance between people feeling the warmth in my voice when I perform ballads and grooving to my up-tempo songs. But, I can’t wait to do bigger venues, then I can dance!
What’s next for your career? Might we see an EP or full-length album on the horizon?
My next single comes out next week and it is an inspiring ballad with a couple of videos that I’m really excited about. In 2019, you can listen to a new single and watch a new video, every month!
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Just know the work never ends and that’s where the satisfaction is; in the journey. I can’t stress enough, just be your own unique self.
You also toured as a Polynesian dancer. How did that opportunity come about?
I started dancing as a little girl and became part of a touring dance group. I then toured in Canada, the US, Japan, the Philippines, Polynesia and more. This left me with a love to travel. I’m looking forward to going back to those countries with my music.
What’s your life like outside of the studio?
I love to go out and dance. I’m completely obsessed with sushi and ramen.
Tell us a few random facts about yourself.
Who can say they’ve performed the Samoan Fire Knife dance and are a functioning visual software fanatic?
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can check out at:
My website at https://www.jerricaalyssa.com/ .
Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jerricaalyssa/