Before Alissa even started performing professionally at the age of 15, her credentials were impressive—winning her first piano classical competition at age 5, appearing in the NBC Spotlight on the Student Artist Series and “America’s Most Talented Kid”, winning regional talent competitions such as “New England Performs” and “Rhode Island’s Got Talent” and performing at Foxwoods, the Hard Rock Cafe and McCoy Stadium.
Since then, she has performed around New England including the House of Blues, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, the Massachusetts State House and the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, where she opened for jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. Alissa has been honored with awards such as the 2010 Wonderworld TV Piano Act of the Year and a top 10 spot (out of 45,000 entries) in KidzStar USA 2011 and top 3 in the national 2011 Music On& Up grand finale. In early 2013, Alissa was one of 5 young artists nationwide chosen by Music & Arts to be sponsored with new equipment and a scholarship. Praised as "a female Elton John", "the next Debbie Harry" and "a rising star of jazz”, Alissa has been featured in the Bay Magazine, Limelight Music Magazine, the Providence Journal, Sound of Boston and several more media and news outlets.
In 2015, Alissa released her debut album, “What We Saw From the Piano Bar”. So far, “Black Flak”, one of the album’s featured tracks, beat out songs from 25 local artists to win MusicToVideo contest and Sound of Boston noted that the album’s lyrics are “simple, yet profound”. Most recently, Alissa won the Justine Magazine Talent Search and was selected for the House of Blues Bringing Down the House Class of 2014; only six New England participants were chosen from 4,300 entries.
Alissa frequently combines her love for performing with community service and discovered this passion at a young age through performing at nursing homes with her father. She has provided volunteer music instruction for Girls Rock! Rhode Island and Dorchester Collegiate Academy and serves as an ambassador for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a board member on the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Alumni Board. Alissa frequently promotes music education in Massachusetts schools as Miss Tri-County 2015, an official chaper of the Miss America competition.
About Alissa Musto