YouTube plays a lot of music. A LOT of music.
So when you stand above hundreds of thousands of other people trying to make a name for themselves on the site, you must be doing something right. Right? Alyssa Bernal is a star in the cyber-world and looking to expand her following to any soul remaining who has yet to see/hear her on the ‘Tube.
Which is why we were so privileged to recently get a chance to chat with the YouTube sensation, who has since signed with Interscope/Star Trak records, released a new single (“Cali, Cali, Cali”) and is preparing to take it a step further with the release of her debut album later this year.
Ultimately, when it comes to someone who has inspired so many (345,000+ subscribes to date!), often you forget to discover who inspired Alyssa…or why she got into music in the first place.
Alyssa, who grew up in a music-centered family had a father who played drums in a famous band and a mother, who supported her every music endeavor. ”My mom is a single mom and she always had to leave work early to get me to rehearsal,” Alyssa explained. ”She goes on like almost every trip with me. My mom is my best friend, she’s always there.”
Alyssa, meanwhile, has went to her father for guidance, encouragement and help with the business side of music along with Star Trak’s owner Pharrell Williams and Mark Terefe, her producer for In Love Again for the First Time.
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When asked to list off her top three musical influences, Alyssa admitted that it’s hard to narrow it down to only three but eventually revealed…
#1 Jason Mraz
“I first heard him when I was like in seventh grade,” she noted. ”I love his voice. The tone of his voice always sounds consistent.”
#2 Corinne Bailey Rae
“I love her album…it’s so fresh it’s so, like, raw and soulful,” Alyssa remarked. ”When I first started YouTube actually, she was all I would cover…Corinne Bailey Rae songs, I love her.”
#3 Joss Stone
“She’s so young (and) her voice is out of this world. She’s awful nice,” Lyss added about the 23-year-old English soul and R&B singer.
Last but not least, Alyssa responded when asked if she could give any advice to aspiring singers, ”Speaking from experience, I would tell them not to care about what anyone else thinks. You have nothing to lose. If you have a talent you should use it, because God gave you a talent. You shouldn’t waste that.”