Alyssa Trahan is a talented singer/songwriter and audio engineer curating catchy melodies out of Nashville, TN. Courageous and ambitious, Alyssa made the move to Nsshville and quickly landed herself her first publishing deal with Dan Hodges Music. This is an impressive accomplishment for any young writer, but especially for a young female artist that's new in town. Self-made and driven, Alyssa is also a multi-instrumentalist, she writes her own music, plays over a dozen instruments (from guitar to penny whistle to piano) and has extensive knowledge in music recording. Alyssa tours often and averages about 100 shows a year, she’s opened for the likes of Josh Turner, Jana Kramer, Charlie Daniels, Midland, Rodney Atkins, Lee Greenwood, Joe Nichols, Dylan Scott and many more! She enjoys listening to and writing all genres of music, but credits her biggest musical influences as Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris and Dolly Parton.
Alyssa Trahan’s latest single “Vinyl” is an upbeat and light hearted country song reminiscent of the early days of Maren Morris. The expert metaphorical lyricism and groovy swinging melody keeps her fans hooked as Alyssa takes us on a journey through her music. “Vinyl” talks about chivalry, romance and familiar feelings of a vintage love that never goes out of style, just like “Vinyl”. She compares authentic love to the classic and original sound of vinyl through pure guitar riffs, and rhythmic grooves. Alyssa Trahan is a fresh face and all new sound in country music. With her fast growing and dedicated fan base, talent and determination, the sky is truly the limit. Remember the name, Alyssa Trahan, because this is just the beginning.
Listen to “Vinyl” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
We love your sound. Can you tell us more about your upbringing into music? How did you get started?
I grew up in Rochester, NY, which has a great local music scene, and I was surrounded by music as a kid. My dad was in a band before I was born, so he was always playing guitar around the house. He taught my brother how to play too, so someone was pretty much always playing! My mom and sister played a little piano and flute too. I was in every music group in school as well as all the musicals, and was always “the music kid”. I’ve been writing songs ever since I was little when I didn’t even know what I was doing, I was just making up lyrics and melodies. I asked my dad to teach me how to play guitar when I was 11, I wanted to learn so I could really write songs, and after that it all snowballed. I was asked to be a part of a prominent local musician’s weekly summer show and discovered how much I loved performing my original music, then I played at every bar, restaurant and festival that would have me. I even went to school for music recording and started working in studios and recording my original music. I knew I had to be in Nashville if was serious, so I convinced my parents to go there on a family vacation and that was it, I knew right then and there I would move to that town someday. A few years later, I did, and I’ve never looked back!
How do you feed your passion for music everyday?
Music is something I need to survive. I need it like I need air. I feed my passion by creating as much as I can. I am constantly writing, producing, performing or just playing around in my recording studio.
Your song “Vinyl” is amazing! We love the lyrical metaphors and melody. What inspired this song?
Thank you! This song was actually inspired by a Christmas gift I received. My sister got me my first ever record player this last Christmas, and as soon as I opened it, this idea popped in my head of comparing a relationship to a vinyl record. I wrote the song a couple weeks later with my friend, Ashley Scire!
What was it like moving to Nashville!?
It was terrifying, amazing, and the best decision I ever made! I dreamed about making the move for years and I’ve always known it’s where I’m supposed to be. But, it’s still half way across the country from my hometown and all my family and friends. It was a shock to go from such a small town to a big city, or what I thought was a big city at the time! But right away, I felt like I fit in. I felt like I was with “my people”. People understood me and my nerdy music jokes for the first time, and I wasn’t just the girl that wrote songs anymore. I wasn’t the weird one or the outcast, which is how I always felt growing up.
What’s next for Alyssa Trahan?
Right now I’m working on a lot of new music! I write pretty much everyday and am constantly striving to create something no one has ever heard before. I’m also playing a ton of shows later this summer, including with Tanya Tucker and Sara Evans, and can’t wait to play all the new music for everyone!