Women in Music: Alyssa Simmons
Artist name: Alyssa Simmons
Genre: ROCK, POP
Enchanting persona fused with explosive stage presence. Meet Alyssa Simmons, singer songwriter, music addict from the outskirts of Detroit, MI. Old school rock n’ roll intertwined w/ catchy pop melodies & a voice that sounds like she quite literally has Motown in her veins. There’s no question Simmons holds her own, she has grabbed the attention of some of industries biggest heavy hitters w/ her versatile songwriting. Recently releasing her fourth original studio album, Alyssa now resides in the ‘music capital of the world’ in Austin, Texas.
The little girl with the raspy voice, it was at a young age the Simmons family knew they had some kind of magic on their hands. At 9 years old, Alyssa began studying voice which led to local talent shows, recitals & competitions. At just 12 years old Simmons had already opened up for big named acts like Randy Travis, Diamond Rio & The Smothers Brothers. Alyssa would travel to New York City to perform at the historic Apollo Theatre as a Showtime Kid. She was titled ‘Detroit’s Super Singer’ at just 13 years old after winning Detroit’s biggest singing competition on WDIV. Simmons was invited to be apart of the national cast for Des Moines Iowa’s Variety Kids Telethon & asked to be a guest performer at Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam. Early on songwriting became her muse giving Alyssa the opportunity to travel to Maryland to record her first original CD ‘Difficult’ with her idol Eva Cassidy’s producers Chris Biondo & Lenny Williams. During that time Alyssa was flown to California by Disney to audition for the hit TV show later known as Hanna Montana. Her stage presence & charisma has also brought her in front of the likes of EMI, Trans Siberian Orchestra, William Morris & Atlantic Records & opening for Collective Soul, Leanne Rimes, The Temptations, Countours, Daryl Mcdaniels of Run DMC. Simmons has helped to front one of Detroits biggest & best party bands, The Killer Flamingos. You can even hear her singing backups on Detroit native Ted Nugents latest album ‘Shutup & Jam’ on the song ‘Never Stop Believing (Blues).’ Alyssa was nominated for two Detroit Music Awards in 2015 for ‘Best Rock Songwriter’ & ‘Best Rock Album’ for her record ‘Now Or Never.’ Her latest release has also scored her the award for Best Pop/Rock Album at the Akademia Music Awards based in Los Angeles California.
With nothing but open skies, Alyssa Simmons has a lot in store for her future & with a go-getter mentality & free spirit, we’re all in for the ride of our lives.
Q. What makes you different from other artists?
A. I am my own voice, my own words. That in itself makes me different from the pack!
Q. Have you always wanted to be a musician?
A. From an early age, music was something I naturally gravitated too. Everything about it just felt right.
Q. What age did you begin performing?
A. Vocal lessons started when I was 9 years old & I’ve been on this roller coaster ride ever since.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a young girl who aspire to be 6. musicians what would you tell them?
A. Believe in yourself & know your worth. If things don’t go as planned pick yourself back up & keep moving! Persistence & consistency is key! Always remain creative in finding new ways to light the fire within you.
Q. If you could perform with any artist/band in the world who would it be and why?
A. That’s a question that is hard to narrow down. I’d love to write a song with Butch Walker, sing with Grace Potter & P!NK. I’d also love to paint my face & rock out with KISS & yes, that is a serious answer! 😉
Q. Who inspires you?
A. All the incredible artists & musicians I have met on this journey who work tirelessly towards their dreams will always continue to inspire me everyday. Also the ones who have shown love & support to my creativity throughout the years, you help fuel the flame.
Q. What does it mean to be a woman in music to you?
A. It’s important to me as a woman to be the best voice I can be for other women or young girls out there. To inspire, be confident & empowering. Music is an incredible platform in that it allows us to express emotion, thoughts, beliefs through song & sometimes those songs translate better than any other message could.