Archive for News/Rumors
April 29th, 2012
Music video for “Stay”
Exciting news! Alyssa will be releasing a music video for Stay! She confirmed it on her Twitter, by saying:
So, I will be shooting a music video for “Stay”. Thuppperrr excited.
She’s not the only excited one!
April 18th, 2012
Pulse Music Festival
Alyssa will be playing at the Pulse Music Festival, which is organized by Cause & Action. It’s a benefit-concert for the American Heart Association and will take place on April 18 at 12 pm at the University of Texas at Dallas (?). Mark your calendars and don’t miss it!
February 7th, 2012
FanFuser Presents: Alyssa Bernal in Houston
After the FanFuser voting on Facebook, it has been decided that Alyssa would go to Houston, Texas on March 22nd! If you live in the area, be sure to go to the concert! The tickets are currently $12.00, but you can get a discount if you use the code “RLYBRD”. The first 100 tickets will get $5.00 off! For more and to book tickets, visit this site.
You voted for her with FanFuser, and YouTube superstar Alyssa Bernal is now coming to Houston!
Every now and then, a new artist comes along who seems to effortlessly capture the imagination. Singer/songwriter Alyssa Bernal, a relatable girl with an unforgettable voice, is just that artist for a new generation. Alyssa was your everyday American teenager, busy with classes and cheerleading practice, when her heartfelt, acoustic YouTube clips caught the eye of superstar producer Pharrell Williams. Fast-forward a year later, and her debut album from Star Trak Entertainment is about to bring a much-needed breath of fresh air to the pop landscape.
For Alyssa, music comes about as naturally as breathing. The singer/songwriter was raised in a music-steeped household in San Antonio, Texas. During her childhood, Alyssa’s father was the drummer for groundbreaking Tejano band, and at the age of six she stood backstage and gazed out at stadium-sized crowds as he performed. The experience didn’t exactly ignite her passion for performing, though. “I was so shy!” Remembers Alyssa with a laugh, “my parents would dress me up and make me sing but I hated it.”
Somehow, her love of music overcame her fear of performing. By the time she was a teen in San Antonio, Alyssa uploaded a few homemade videos of herself singing cover songs like Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.” She taught herself to play guitar, and soon one video lead to dozens, and a rapidly-growing fan base around the globe. “People would message me and say that they had a horrible day and my songs changed their day,” Alyssa recalls. “It’s pretty touching. After a while I had to stop reading all of my messages because it got so overwhelming, but I always tried to open the ones from soldiers in the service.”
Since she received so many responses to her videos, Alyssa at first neglected her most famous admirer: Pharrell Williams. The platinum-selling artist and producer even tried contacting Alyssa’s high school to get in touch with her, but “they didn’t know who Pharrell was! They just thought it was some shady guy trying to get a hold of me,” laughs Alyssa. Finally, her mother spotted a MySpace message from Star Trak and 24 hours later, they flew to meet Williams and Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine at the Star Trak headquarters in Los Angeles. She impressed them with “Hey Love,” one of the first songs she ever wrote (now featured on the album), a perfectly Alyssa tune: breezy but strong, intricate and approachable.
“Finding a new talent like Alyssa is so exciting to me,” says Pharrell Williams. “There are a lot of young singers out there who can carry a tune, but Alyssa is the real deal. She is a true musician with an incredible voice.”
Once signed, William’s manager and the head of Star Trak, Yaneley Arty, asked Alyssa who her dream producer might be. Without hesitation, she answered, “The guy who produced the last Jason Mraz album.” At the time, that “guy,” Martin Terefe—an accomplished producer known for his work with James Morrison, Train, Craig David and Cat Stevens—had a fully booked recording schedule, though he agreed to meet with Alyssa. After meeting with her for an hour, however, Terefe gave Alyssa an offer she couldn’t refuse: he’d open up his schedule, if she agreed to stay in London and begin recording immediately.
Next thing she knew, Alyssa and her mother had relocated to London, where she worked closely with Terefe over a period of seven weeks. Terefe developed Alyssa’s naturally sunny sound, enlivening her pop sensibility with notes of funk and soul. Most importantly, he encouraged Alyssa to write from her own experiences.
“The songs reflect what I was going through at that time,” says Alyssa of the resulting album, Love Hangover. “Because it’s my first album, the songs are very naïve and personal. They are about long-distance love, missing home, and the tone is very easy-going.” Alyssa has a natural ability to breathe vivid imagery into everyday matters of the heart. Her first experience of homesickness became “Raincloud Gray,” a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter KT Tunstall. “One Of Us Gotta Leave,” featuring Pharrell, is a sassy, danceable track dedicated to a young crush. “Stay” is an atmospheric ballad that plays like a love letter to her long-distance boyfriend. “Hold Me Tight,” a duet with Jason Wade of Lifehouse, is a moody, orchestral song.
From the shy girl who watched her father perform from the wings, to the confident young woman about to release an incredibly personal collection of songs to the world, Alyssa has come a long way. When she looks forward to the coming year, she can’t wait to step out on stage. “I’m really growing as a person and an artist,” says Alyssa. “I have a shy personality but when I’m performing, I calm down… I’m excited to tour and to interact with my fans. They’re always asking me, ‘When are you going to come to London or Paris?’ and I can’t wait to do that for them.” Though it’s been an incredible, globe-hopping year that has brought Love Hangover to life, Alyssa Bernal’s journey is just getting started.
January 18th, 2012
Collaboration with Boyce Avenue?
Alyssa and Youtube band Boyce Avenue could possibly be in talks for a collaboration! They are a band that I absolutely adore and I’m really excited and looking forward to it. I know that every time they collaborate with someone, they cover two songs and they usually go on their collaboration album.
So, who else is as excited as me for this possible collaboration and what songs would you like them to cover?
January 13th, 2012
The Script’s cover of the week!
The Script, who’s known for “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” or their newest “Nothing”, has chosen Alyssa’s cover of their song Breakeven as their cover of the week! That’s a huge honor! Congrats Lyss!
January 12th, 2012
“Alyssa Bernal & Ready Revolution Live @ Jack’s Bar”
Alyssa will be having a new show on January 27th at Jack’s Bar, San Antonio with Ready Revolution! It will start at around 9PM and finish by midnight, and it’s for all ages! So if you like near San Antonio, don’t miss it! Kick off 2012 right with Alyssa! For more information, check out the Facebook page.
January 6th, 2012
Alyssa recording a second album!
Rejoice, Alyssa is planning on recording her second album in a studio in Miami! Let’s just hope it won’t take as long as it did for “Love Hangover”.
Anonymous asked: what projects do you have next? another album? more youtube vids? anything?
another album indeed!
I’m planning to get in the studio to start working on my second album in Miami.
December 20th, 2011
The “Alyssa Bernal Project”?
So I found a Facebook page named the Alyssa Bernal Project and want to know more. It looks like it’s for a San Antonio Documentary that will be shot next January 21, or something like that. Will it be about Alyssa’s rise to fame? Do you understand or know what this is?
This page was created for The FP Crew and Cast for information on the shoot. We are so excited to see all our extras at Alyssa’s concert Jan. 21st. More information on the shoot is still being updated. Please visit this page and leave comments on any questions you may have. Also please “Like” the page so we can get a head count on who’s coming to the shoot. If you are bringing friends or family pl…ease send this page to them to “like” as well. A strict number amount of people at the venue is strictly enforced we need an exact number, please “like the page” or email me with a confirmed number with names at Fraticellipro@aol.com
Also, below’s a vlog by OhhJimmyBoy (not sure who it is…) featuring Alyssa during her album release party.
December 14th, 2011
Sultan Cafe’s Winter Acoustic Bash
Tomorrow night, Thursday December 15, Alyssa will be playing at the Sultan Cafe as a part of their Winter Acoustic Bash. It’s at 5625 Babcock Rd, in San Antonio, and she’ll be playing with Rudy Aliza, NIXX, KD and Mooch, Another Song For A Girl and Papercuts. For those near San Antonio, make sure to attend the show! For more information, visit the Facebook page!
December 14th, 2011
See her Live in Your City with FanFuser
Alyssa posted this video of her telling you that you can now vote to see her in your city because she’s going on a tour! Basically, you just have to use an application on Facebook that detects your city and you can just click on a vote button that adds your vote for your city. Right now, there seems to have a lot of fans in Brazil. Go vote for your city!