RUCMAG What struggles or obstacles have you had to overcome as a artist?
Re’Alissa As an artist making the kind of music that my first EP represents, I’ve had to push my way through crowds and other artists to make myself stand out. Therefore, I sometimes play live with my guitar or bass guitar which I will be doing more of in upcoming shows! I will admit that one major confidence obstacle for me has been feeling that I wouldn’t get the same push or attention as other female artists because I am a darker skin tone. It sounds crazy, but it’s real! Also, being a woman.The industry has become so competitive to kind of push through if you aren’t branding yourself. In this generation, people are very concerned with content AND attractiveness to determine how far a woman goes in this industry.
RUCMAG How much of your personal life is reflected in your music?
Re’Alissa My previous comment on my first EP kinda gives away that I involve a decent-sized portion of my personal life in my music. I’d say more-so that a heavy amount of my love life is reflected in my music! I think it relates to a lot of women actually feel or have felt when dealing with relationships. Other issues, however, like my mother’s passing I won’t sing about as often, but you will definitely hear more about it in my next project!
RUCMAG Tell us about your first performance and what was the reaction you got from the audience.
Re’ Alissa From my very first performance as Ré Alissa to now, the most common comment I have received from people is probably that it feels like I am “singing directly to them”. When I began to sing, the room got quiet and everyone looked at me, and from then on people stayed engaged in me— watched me closely and nodded their head at relatable lyrics. I still get this reaction when I do shows now! It’s one of the best and most nerve-wrecking.
RUCMAG You have a project expected to release in 2019, can you tell us about it and what it means to you?
Re’Alissa An obstacle that I encountered when making my first EP that still bothers me is trying to keep my voice amongst the voices of a whole bunch of others! I really need to be in my own zone when writing and composing music. My first EP was so influenced by the sounds of other artists that I feel like I didn’t give listeners the real Ré Alissa— who is much more passionate. I’m excited to do that in my next project! I feel it encompasses more of the sound of Ré, and delivers an R&B sound we aren’t getting from many other other artists right now. These songs are some of my favorite right now and get great reactions. So I can’t wait for you all to hear these songs! I’ve put so much more passion and time dedication into the quality and passion of this body of work!
RUCMAG Are there any upcoming events or shows that fans can come out and support?
Re’Alissa I have a couple of performances coming up in Indianapolis and Chicago! My social media will always give you the exact details on where I’ll be! It’s the best way to keep up with me.