HEY THERE! A quick chat with Alyssa Trahan…

Alyssa Trahan performing live w/ her Acoustic Trio, at Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta, Rochester, NY

Hi Alyssa! Happy New Year! The last time we checked in; you had just released the stunning music video for your single, “Over You”. I’m curious to know, because it’s such a cool, relatable song — is the single more art imitating life or simply creative expression, disconnected from your own personal experience?

Hi! Happy New Year! I would say it’s a little of both. The song is based on a relationship, someone I know went through and all the bad relationships I hear about. So this song is kinda from their perspective. We all have things we want to move past and get over; whether it’s a relationship or something else, so I just channeled all of that when we were filming. We tried to make the video as relatable as possible, so a lot of it wasn’t scripted; I was just being myself and having fun!

What has been the greatest highlight/s of your career, so far?

I have been fortunate enough to experience a lot of really cool things. But I would say the biggest highlight for me, is whenever I connect with my fans. I love talking to them and seeing them relate to my music. Or seeing them sing along and dance. It’s a feeling you can’t really put into words.

Have you had any bad moments?

Oh yeah, there have been some tough times! I’ve had to deal with some pretty mean people; but that’s expected regardless of what you do in life. Sometimes it seems like there is more bad than good; but keeping a positive attitude makes any situation better. And if you work hard and focus on yourself, good things are sure to come your way!

As you continue to pursue your dreams, what is the greatest lesson you’ve learned along the way?

I’ve learned so much since I started. I have learned that hard work really does pay off, and as long as you keep going you are unstoppable. I have also learned that no matter what you do, people will try to knock you down. And the best way to deal with those people is to smile; they hate that! But the greatest lesson I have learned would probably be to love yourself. If you are happy with who you are, no one can hurt you.

What can your fans look forward to in the coming months?

I am working on a ton of new stuff! I’m releasing my brand new EP ‘Wild & Crazy’ on January 31st. The EP has five new original songs, that I recorded in Nashville, TN. I also have plans to record and release more new music and videos later this year. And as always, I’ll be playing out every chance I get! But the biggest thing I have planned this year, is moving to Nashville, TN to pursue my music career!

As always, its been great chatting with you Alyssa!

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P/C: Aaron Winters

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WINTER 2015: pearls for girls

M/O: Necklace – Lauren Ralph Lauren, Flats – American Eagle, Blazer, Top, Jeans, Bracelet and Sunglasses – Vintage

I don’t know about diamonds; but I’m convinced pearls are a girl’s best friend.

I’ve never been a huge fan of necklaces. As a teen, like most girl’s, I collected an assortment of smiley face, peace sign and tattoo chokers — so popular in the late 90’s/early 00’s. However, I rarely wore them. This pattern of collecting necklaces only to have them collect dust, continued throughout my 20’s; during which time my jewellery staples were earrings, particularly pearls and gold studs. It was in my 20’s; that I became obsessed with both pearls and gold jewellery. So when I discovered this gorgeous pendant necklace by Lauren Ralph Lauren, while online shopping; I was so thrilled! And what better to style them with, than my jazzy blue suede shoes. I knew Elvis and I, shared more than just a birthday.

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THE GIFT: Introducing Ms. Melody Monroe

“I finally understand that, life is a gift; we gotta appreciate each day. ‘Cause the wind blows, each way.”

Ms. Melody Monroe is a Greensboro, North Carolina native and a Gospel, Soul & Hip-Hop musician, on a mission to bring classy back. It’s a good thing she has all the qualities of a leader — talented, grounded, friendly, ambitious and relentless; she is definitely one of a kind. Melody has been featured in various online publications, including leading Christian music website m-briomusic.com, and has independently released three mix-tapes and a few singles. Her vocals are distinct and reminiscent of Soul legends like Chaka Khan and groundbreaking Hip-Hop artists like Queen Latifah. Her lyrics are indispensable, lines of consciousness, that renew the mind. Ms. Melody Monroe is laying the foundation for something much bigger than herself.

Her single, ‘The Gift’, is a reflective track focused on gratitude. It reminds the listener of all they have to be thankful for and how the ability to live and to love is the best gift  they ever received. The single also stresses the importance of giving back and being blessed to be a blessing. It’s music that polishes the soul with a positive and passionate message. Download it for free here!

In closing, Ms. Melody Monroe is a name to know. She goes hard for God and for all the ladies; encouraging and inspiring you and I, to always value ourselves and others. She is one of the brightest stars.

Ms. Melody Monroe is currently working on new music. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

P/C: Eunice Chung

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rhythm approved: ALL IN MY HEAD


who: DJ/Producer Pat Lok feat. Singer-Songwriter Desirée Dawson

why:  Of late, I’ve been really craving that amazing Electric Circus era dance music. The kind that gets you up on a platform, dancing like your life depends on it. So, this very nice rhythm comes right in time.

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