My first inspiration was my Mother Mickaela. I remember when I was a little girl, she was in a singing competition and won. She went to Nashville to sing on TV at the Grand Ole Opry. When she came home, we watched her performance. I always knew that I wanted to sing. I wanted to be just like my mom, but then there was also a little girl named Ashley on the show that sang "All My Ex's Live In Texas". I realized after seeing her on the show, that I could do it too.
From then on, I was always on stage. Whether I was performing at local Fairs, talent competitions, school talent shows, singing groups in school, church, choir, Honor Choir, my mothers shows...I was always on stage. My mother took me to all of her band rehearsals, karaoke shows, live shows with her band, her friends bands shows where I would guest perform... wherever she could take me to get me on stage. She'd get special permission to bring me into the bar/club venues and put me on a chair so people could see me. When all of the other kids were outside playing, or going to the mall, I was at home mastering my craft. She made sure that I was pitch perfect and I would sing 4 hours a day, every day.
When we moved to Nashville, she took me downtown with her and we performed on the original Music Row almost every single day. I remember Tim McGraw performing in front of the Hot Doggit before he made it and he invited us up to sing. Garth Brooks pulling over when my mom was singing, he just pulled right over to listen to her. We even met the Bellamy Brothers across the street at Shoney's. As I grew older, she taught me to run sound and lights and I would help her with her karaoke and DJ shows. Eventually I started doing my own shows for other companies and became DJ Dazzle while living in North Dakota.
Mariah Carey was also a big inspiration to me growing up. I loved her voice and I did everything I could to mimic her. When I was a younger, I could hit that whistle register just like her. Around age 12 LeAnn Rimes came out. Since I grew up singing Country Music, of course I absolutely loved her. I mimicked her yodeling songs until I figured out how to do it.
As a teen Christina Aguliera was everything to me. She inspired me to learn how to do runs, belt, growl, extend soaring notes and manipulate my voice in ways I didn't know were possible. She is still an inspiration to me today. I find inspiration in everything. I am inspired by all types of artists and music now.
As an adult I still looked up to Christina and Mariah, but was also inspired by artists like Pat Benatar, Heart, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Miranda Lambert, Alicia Keys, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly.
"Put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!"
"I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."
Starting when she was 7 years old, Alyssa would ring the Salvation Army Bell every Christmas with her Mother Mickaela, to help raise money for needy families. They would sing in harmony at numerous locations in Northern Iowa. All proceeds went to less fortunate families.
Alyssa and her mother Mickaela also performed together at several geriatric centers (nursing homes) throughout Northern Iowa starting when she was 8 years old, to bring joy to the elderly community.
As a teen, Alyssa would perform with her Mother Mickaela. They would sing for several charity fundraisers, cancer benefits, etc at various VFW locations in Colorado, for several different things over the years.
In 2005, Alyssa worked with the Red Cross in Minot, North Dakota to do a charity fundraiser for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. She performed with several other vocalists to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. All of the money received, was donated to the Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
In 2012, Alyssa also performed a Christmas special at a Nursing Home with her guitar duo ALYRIK, in Fredericksberg, Virginia
In 2014, Alyssa worked with her husband to deliver meals to the terminally ill, for the Angel Heart foundation.
In 2018 Alyssa performed at the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs, Colorado to do a charity fundraiser with the Corvette Toy Run, for the Children's Hospital Colorado.
These are just a few of the small rewarding groups she has been a part of.