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Meet Alyssa Walker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Walker.

Alyssa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing guitar in first grade when my grandma bought me my first guitar and taught me how to play. My grandma and I started learning children songs and performing at my elementary school. Eventually, I started to become more advanced and learning more mainstream songs. I wrote my first song in middle school, and that was when I started becoming more serious about music. In high school, I got my first gig, and from there I started getting more and more. Now I play gigs on a monthly (sometimes weekly) basis, and currently, have eight originals released on all music platforms and can’t wait to record and release more.

Now I go to Cal Poly Pomona, I am currently getting a music minor and I am in the process of becoming a sociology major. I am in a jazz acapella group called the “Polytonix”, and I am also involved in choir and songwriter showcase. I have no idea what lies ahead, but music will always be a big part of me.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course, my journey has not been easy. The first song I ever wrote was a song about my anxiety and panic disorder. My anxiety was really bad for a long time, and when I was young, I went through a time where I was too scared to even leave my house. I had panic attacks all the time at school. I was constantly changing medications, but I think now I finally found a stable balance.

I met my first boyfriend in the music scene here in San Diego. We started playing together and even recorded a song. After that breakup, I stopped playing music for a while, I was so depressed. But after realizing how important music was to me, I started playing again, I wrote some of my best songs and felt more inspired than ever. Through songwriting, I was able to create songs that were therapeutic to not only me, but so many others told me how they could relate to my struggles, with both anxiety and heartbreak.

Please tell us about Alyssa Walker.
I would consider myself a songwriter above anything. At gigs, I do try to play popular songs so people can be involved, but I also mix in many of my originals and enjoy the positive response to both. My favorite genres to play are country, pop, rock, and folk. I’m not sure what sets me apart from others, but I seem to have a connection with the crowd and always get positive vibes. I’ve been hired several times to perform at private parties after seeing me at a gig. I love when I show up at a gig and a guest tells me that they have come just to see me!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Some of my favorite memories were performing with my grandma. In elementary school, my grandma and I would perform for my classes, which was always really special. We would usually play around a holiday and it was fun picking out songs to go along with that, and my grandma always knew a bunch of fun folk songs that everyone could sing along.

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Donna Coleman, Paul Breski, Kaitlyn McBride

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