It’s been a while since our last article in the Women in Entertainment series, February 1, 2016 to be exact, but we’re back with another edition. Fair warning – it’s a long one, but definitely worth the read.
Our feature today spotlights Alyssa Jacey, a pop/soul singer-songwriter out of Nashville by way of San Diego, who loves the color blue. Why, you say. Jacey explains, “About the age of 16, I got my first car and decided to paint it. I was flipping through the color pages and had an instant attraction to the color Highlight Blue Pearl, a bright royal blue with an opal coating. From that point on, I could only see the color blue. I would make a beeline to that color whenever I was choosing clothes, and always fell for the guy in the royal blue sweater. I’m currently on my fourth car, and all of them have been blue.”
Jacey has turned that attraction to blue into her own brand. “I always tell people when they come to my shows, ‘Bring your crew and wear your blue.’ My grandmother and I were very close when she passed away from Alzheimer’s. I had just started singing and she never got to hear me perform. I told myself that when I was able to support myself with my music that I would do something to help fight the disease. Now, when my fans come to my shows, if they are wearing blue, I donate $1 from their ticket sale to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.”
Jacey had formerly been a hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and private dance instructor, had appeared in music videos and performed at the Super Bowl. She assumed that her career would be in the dance industry. But that all changed, literally overnight, when Jacey went out with her friends. “One day I just made the decision to pursue music. I had spent my whole life dancing but there was always something missing; Karaoke night changed all that and my life has never been the same,” explains Jacey.
Jacey’s latest single, “I Want it to Rain,” is an incredible song that truly belongs on radio outlets worldwide. Since it was posted on her YouTube channel just a month ago, the video has already received more than 3,000 views.
Jacey recently posted on her Facebook page that she has spent more time in the past three months in Europe than at home. Not bad for an unsigned independent musician who is the epitome of the DIY artist. In fact, that success has enabled Jacey to also become an international public speaker, and to open her own business, Image Twelve 28. The business allows her to provide coaching for other indie musicians who want to achieve their dreams.
“I was 23 when I found my voice, 26 when I learned the guitar and 28 when I learned to drum. I believe you can do whatever you want as long as you believe in yourself. Don’t listen to the naysayers, just do it. My true purpose here is to inspire people.”
But what inspires Jacey? “What inspires me is the beauty that lies in the unknown. As a DIY artist, you never know what hand your career will deal you, and it’s BEYOND EXCITING. Opportunities come from all angles, in all shapes and sizes, and the fun part is two fold: Being surprised with ones you weren’t expecting and seeing how many you can turn into reality, and going through individual experiences, which are each so unique and so special. When I think of all the experiences I’ve had over the years and risks I’ve taken to get to them, my heart swells up. My favorite hashtag to use is #LivingWithGratitude, and I absolutely am, living with gratitude, every single moment, of every single day.”
Where does Jacey see herself in the future? “My future plans have not changed since the exact moment I realized I was going to pursue music, and basically, that’s ‘I know I’m here, and I want to get there. I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I know I will, and I will just take it one step at a time.’ I started playing music because I had a late calling. At 23 years old, I was convinced by friends that I had a voice. I had never sung before, never written a song or played an instrument. But after a year of singing karaoke and hearing the same thing on a consistent basis from random strangers from karaoke bar to karaoke bar every week, I knew I had to pursue it. I was going to let absolutely nothing stop me from getting as far as I could go. Did I want to be famous? No. I wanted to see if I could ever make a living playing original music, and after that, the sky would be the limit, should I chose to continue. Just 13 months after moving to Nashville (and 8 years after being in the music industry), I started to earn a living. I’ve been so motivated by seeing hard work pay off, that when it comes to “future plans,” all I can do is just keep doing what I’ve been doing. In doing so, every six months beats out the previous six months, and all I’m doing is just following my intuition.”
For more info on Jacey, be sure to check out her website and Facebook pages, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to her YouTube channel. If you like her music, you can stream it on Spotify or Pandora, or purchase it at iTunes.