Alyssa Ruffin is an up and coming Pop/Country Recording Artist. She was born in Mason City, Iowa and moved to Denver, Colorado at the age of five. Singing has always been a major part of her life. Over time she became a seasoned, versatile, powerhouse vocalist and performer. She is passionate about music and recently made the move to California. During her short time on the Pacific coast, she performed in Los Angeles with Hollywood Film Producer Galen Walker and his band "Fireball". Galen is most known for his work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movies. Alyssa performed at the State Social House on the iconic Sunset Strip in Hollywood, performed with Gritty In Pink, the only ALL GIRL JAM in L.A. and performed the National Anthem for opening ceremonies at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. She is working on original music for her upcoming debut album, that she is recording with Scott Wilson. Scott is the exceptional bass player of the famous hit Rock band, Saving Abel ("Addicted") and formally of Grammy nominated Rock band Tantric ("Breakdown"). When Scott isn't busy touring the world, he is producing select artists at Sunshine Recording Studio in Colorado Springs. Alyssa's album is featuring an allstar musician cast to include Scott Wilson (Saving Abel), Kent Slucher (drummer for Luke Bryan), Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Steel guitarist Steve Hinson, "King" Richard Easterling (Muse, Train, Lumineers, Fuel, etc) and many more to come. Alyssa's album is due to be released in late 2020.
Alyssa is a proud Military wife and Mission 22 ambassador. Alyssa paid her dues fronting several bands throughout the U.S. and Canada over the years and during her time in the Colorado music scene, she performed at various iconic Colorado venues and events to include Sunshine Studios Live, voted #1 concert venue in the nation by buzzfeed. Alyssa performed at the Highland Street Festival in Denver and she performed the National Anthem for opening ceremonies at the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs. She appeared as a guest radio host for Tri-lakes Radio in Southern Colorado; performed on KCOS Digital Media simulcast radio show "The Beat Goes On", performed on Tri-Lakes Radio show "Brews & Beats" with DJ Ava and appeared as a guest and performed on Live Stream show, "Morty On the Move”. In addition, she has worked with several bands, artists and venues as a booking agent/talent buyer in Colorado and is a huge music advocate for her local music community.
As a young child, Alyssa competed in Bill Riley's Talent Roundup at the North Iowa Fair, she performed at Nora Springs Buffalo Days and by age 8, she performed on the televised, Tom Slick Show in Denver, singing for more than 5,000 patrons. Alyssa met and went on stage with Wynonna Judd when she was just 9 years old. She asked Wynona to let her sing, and slipped Wynona her mothers demo tape. Alyssa and her mother also did a meet & greet with Wynona after the concert, where Alyssa received an autographed 8x10. The two also met Hollywood actress Ashley Judd (Wynona's sister) after the concert. Alyssa performed for Maria Elena Holly, the late Buddy Holly's wife at age 9 in Clear Lake, Iowa. She auditioned for Star Search when she was 10 years old and by age 13 her mother moved the family to Nashville. The two of them performed on the original Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee on several occasions, in front of The Country Music Hall of Fame Souvenir Shop.
Internationally, Alyssa performed at several venues in Windsor, Ontario Canada. At 14 years old, she started writing poetry and began songwriting shortly after. She has performed at several County and State Fairs, various Festivals as well as National and International singing competitions to include; the International Freedom Festival, in Windsor Ontario, Canada 2 years in a row. Alyssa also won in 3 categories for the Essex Singing and Fiddle Competition in Essex Ontario, Canada 2 years in a row. She also received numerous accolades for singing competitions that she has participated in over the years. In the early 2000s, Alyssa and her mother performed with Ron Ellison of The Delfonics ("Didn't I Blow Your Mind"), at a local VFW in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Alyssa met Heidi Newfield & Trick Pony ("Pour Me") at the Grizzly Rose in Denver, where she received an autographed 8x10. In 2002, Alyssa met Geoff Tate from Queensryche ("Silent Lucidity") and his band at the Village Inn in Thornton Colorado. In 2004, Alyssa had the opportunity to jam with Daryle Singletary ("Amen Kind of Love") after his concert in Williston, ND. From 2007-2008, Alyssa performed the National Anthem on various occasions, for Semi-professional basketball team, the Minot Skyrockets.
Alyssa auditioned for American Idol in Denver on two separate occasions, in Nashville and in St Louis. She had the honor of meeting Ryan Seacrest from American Idol twice during her audition process. Alyssa received an autographed 8x10 from Ace Young (American Idol Season 5) and met CMA, ACM & Billboard Award Winner Lauren Alaina ("Road Less Traveled"). In 2011 Alyssa performed the National Anthem for the United States Air Force, Scott AFB A2A Christmas Party, on Scott Air Force in Illinois. From 2012 to 2013 while living on the East Coast, Alyssa performed with drummer Rick Sibbett. Rick toured with artists such as; Amy Grant, Hall & Oates & the Blue Man Group. She performed with guitarist Jeff Robinson, who toured with Dierks Bentley, LeAnn Rimes, Joe Diffie, and Lorrie Morgan. She performed with legendary musician Sam Paladino and with Legendary Musician and lead guitarist for Wilson Pickett ("Mustang Sally") Mister David Panzer. During her time there she performed for thousands of people at National Harbor in Washington DC; performed all over Northern Virginia and Maryland, to include the famous traveled resort town, Ocean City.
In 2007 Alyssa won a Wild Card round for the WeFest Karaoke Roundup singing competition at the Rocking Horse in Minot, North Dakota and opened for Country Music ACM Award winners Sawyer Brown. In 2017, Alyssa spent the summer traveling to Austin, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia to audition for The Voice! In 2018 she opened for AMA Award winning Rock band, Firehouse, at The Venue in Denver. In 2019 Alyssa guest performed with Scott Wilson of Saving Abel at Herman's Hideaway during his show with Michael Alexander (Michael Alexander and the Big Whiskey), she opened for Billboard Award & 2x ASCAP Award winner J.R. Richards of Dishwalla ("Counting Blue Cars"); legendary hip hop artist Coolio with the band Pretty Vague for the "Gangsta's Paradise" tour and opened for Billboard chart topping Rock band Hinder ("Lips of an Angel") for the "Lucky 7" tour, at Sunshine Studios Live in Colorado Springs. Alyssa's debut studio album is due to release late 2020, Be sure to follow Alyssa Ruffin on social media and watch for her in a city near you!