“Who we are is a complicated thing. In every version of ourselves, we experiment with expressing our feelings, our sensations, or our singular perspectives on life—the good, the bad, and the ugly. We ache to impart our experiences to the world but mostly we just have something important to say and often times difficulty with which how to say it. We fall in love, we have regrets, missed opportunities, euphoric moments, cherished memories, impromptu dizzying late nights, dark days, sunny days, and unforgettable days. These all help shape who we are and they all say something different about every one of us. For me, it’s really just about saying something that’s hopeful, something that perhaps someone else doesn’t know how to say. Like many have said before me, music is the soundtrack to our lives and I want to add my own unique points of view.”
Born in Yorba Linda and raised in Anaheim, California, just a stone’s throw from Disneyland, Alissa began writing songs at 11 years old. At this early age, she took notice of how songs have the ability to induce feelings and set out determined to make a career in music. By 17, her singing and writing ability helped secure a publishing deal in Los Angeles and she began playing in local venues throughout Southern California. She performed at clubs, local bars, community events; any place that could continue to progress her musical development. When she was 21, she moved to Nashville, inspired by a growing community of great songwriters. Now in a place called Music City, far from the Pacific Ocean, and deep-rooted in country music, she began writing and recording music that motivated her to find her own voice.
Alissa’s music attempts to bridge the gap between country and pop in a soulful way, by blending vintage California with the passionate simplicities of Tennessee. It’s a unique fusion of feelings that create a setting found only in Woody Allen films. Inspired by artists such as Janice Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones; along with more contemporary artists like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Adele, Eric Church, and Leon Bridges, Alissa generates qualities that remind us of when retro was much in vogue, while keeping us intimately aware of love, loss, and everything in between.
We sat down for a Rapid Fire Round with Alissa to ask her all things music, inspiration and…puppy pregnancies. Keep reading to figure out what THAT’S about! Griffith has three singles available on Spotify, and will be releasing new music soon. With a rich, soulful voice and captivating lyrics, this gal is definitely one to watch.
If you could choose one person, alive or not, to play a concert with, who would it be and why?
I would choose Elvis because he is just a soulful dreamboat and I would have loved to know him.
What is your post-show drink of choice?
My favorite post-show drink is a glass of champs! Pop. That. Bubbly.
When was the first time you felt like you made it in the industry?
I don’t feel like I’ve “made it” yet but when Spotify chose me as their “New Boots” cover artist for the month of January, I definitely felt honored, supported and appreciated!
Do you have a dream venue to play?
My dream venues are The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden + Ascend Theatre.
When and where do you do your best writing?
I think I do my best writing when I am just completely free + being honest. It can be anytime, anywhere, I just have to be inspired. Sometimes it’s in the middle of the night and i just have to force myself to pick up my phone and sing into it, half asleep.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given about working in the music industry?
Someone once told me “No one is ever going to work harder for you than you can work for yourself.” I feel like it really helped me stop depending on others so much, so I started trusting myself more and working harder!
If you had to choose between a private plane or your own yacht, which would you choose?
I would LOVE both! But probably a plane so I could go anywhere whenever. Oh that would be lovely!
What’s the one song (from any artist) you wish you had written or sung first?
“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town and written by Liz Rose, Lori McKenna + Hillary Lindsey.
Who would you choose to play you in a movie of your life?
Millie Bobby Brown in the young years, JLaw in the middle years + Denise Richards in the grown years.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that my dogs Tink + Walter had a teen pregnancy, a shotgun wedding and out popped Pippy (aka Dolly Barkin) and Cotter! I kept Pippy and my mom kept Cotter, so we have one big happy dog family. ♥️