Independent recording artist Alyssa talks to us about what it takes for her to keep strong as a trans singer in the music industry and her new bundle of joy, her third album release, Re-Established, set to drop on December 21, 2018.
Aside from being a performer, the born entertainer also uses her platform for good. Not only does her music relay experiences from her journey as a transgender woman, but she’s also been involved with Pride events, HIV/AIDS benefits, and fundraisers to help bring an end to domestic violence.
Here’s what the determined songstress had to say about her life and entertainment career.
What was the inspiration behind the songs in Re-Established?
There was a lot of inspiration for this album. [For example,] my life experiences. I wanted to make my songs relatable. I wanted to stay true to who I am. In the process of making this album, I discovered so much about myself.
Do you feel as though this album has a message that you wanted to share with the world?
Yes, I touched on some deep and personal subjects. As a transgender female and also as a human being, when the album is out, if one person is touched or inspired or even relates to any of the material then I would say it’s a success.
Which of the songs off the album are you most excited for people to hear? Why?
Oh, wow. I designed this album to be all great material. There are absolutely no fillers. There are songs for every kind of mood. Whether you are trans or not, you will be able to relate to the material. The thing I love about music is it’s open to interpretation.
You are most well known for your pop sound, but have also experimented with other genres such as rap and rock; what genre or genres can we expect to hear on Re-Established?
We mixed in so many different genres and sounds but added a touch of Pop to every track. I want to stay true to who I am as a recording artist. There’s Pop, Pop/Rock, R&B, Electro Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, Dance etc….
In addition to being a talented musician, you are also a lively performer. What are your favorite parts about performing, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
I don’t consider myself a musician since I don’t play an instrument. I consider myself a developing recording artist. I feel as though something takes over me. When I hit the stage, I’m feeding off the energy, good or bad. I take that to fuel the energy to put on a great show. I try to have fun and think less [and] allow myself to just perform.
What types of music do you like to listen to? Who are some of your favorite musician?
I love a wide range of music. I use to limit myself, but now I find myself listening to a wide range of styles and genres. I love Taylor Swift. I think she is an inspiration. I love Britney Spears, anything by her, I just love. Also, I remember listening to Madonna and seeing her perform on TV. I would think to myself I want to do that. I don’t go to concerts because I’d very much rather be the one putting on the show.
How has being transgender influenced your artistry and craft?
As a transgender female, I deal with so many different emotions. I feel I’m having to fight every day to be who I am, to live my truth. It makes me feel as if I’m not supposed to belong. But for me, I will continue to live my truth and stay true to who I am. I wrote a song titled #WontBeErased. It is currently on my SoundCloud.
With everything going on right now, and the trans community being under attack, I want to use my platform and speak my mind.
What are your dreams and aspirations for the future, whether those are personal or professional ones?
I want to tour. I want to be on the road, touring and performing. I would love the chance to go to an award show as an independent recording artist. Also, to perform on stage for an award show is something I dream of. I want to be able to do the things I want and have the things I want. Not having much money sucks, lmao. I want to be able to take care of my mom.
What does being a trans recording artist mean to you?
Being able to have a voice and use my talent to help others or to inspire others is what I think makes me successful.
When were you first drawn to music? At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to pursue making music as a career?
I knew when I was younger. I also had a passion. At the time, I didn’t know I was trans. I was young and knew I felt different, but the music made me happy. I especially loved listening to female artists.
The entertainment industry is known for being highly judgmental and difficult to work in. What have your experiences been like as a transgender singer and recording artist in this industry?
Being independent is tough. I have to fight harder to be recognized. In the world, you will have people who love you and people who don’t. The reality is, I’d rather focus on the positivity and not allow negativity in or show it any light.
What is a misconception that you wish people would stop having about transgender individuals?
Some try and categorize us with pedophiles. I don’t understand that one bit. Also, that it’s a choice [, that] we choose to live this way. They can’t seem to wrap their head around the fact that we were just born in the wrong body. For me, I always my whole life felt feminine, and never really could understand why.
What have been the best and most difficult parts of transitioning into the strong, confident woman you are today?
I am not on hormones yet. It’s been a difficult journey. I work with what I have right now. It is discouraging. I lay all my feeling out about this in the last song on the album If I Were Perfect.
What is something you believe everyone can do or get involved with to become a valuable ally to the trans community?
Help support, you know. Let us know we are wanted and we are here. Also, find out what businesses are pro LGBTQ and who’s anti and don’t go to those places. We need a change [and] we have to start with us. We really need it [throughout] the entire LGBTQ community. Some people in the community say they don’t understand trans. My answer is this, “It’s not for you to get or understand. Just show [people] the same respect and rights that you feel you are entitled to.”
Is there anything I didn’t mention that you would like to share?
I would also like to add we are creating The LGBTQ Unity Tour [in] 2019. It’s going to have a diverse lineup of LGBTQ recording artist. This will allow them a platform to be heard. We plan to go all over the state of Florida. We would like to include as many clubs as possible.
We at KWIR Media congratulate Alyssa on her new album release. If you would like to register for a possible spot as an independent artist on the 2019 LGBTQ Unity Tour visit the link below:
Check out Alyssa on all her platforms.
Twitter – www.twitter.com/AlyssaPop8
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Alyssa.The.Fan.Site
SoundCloud – www.soundcloud.com/official-alyssa-tg
Instagram – @official_alyssa_tg