Alyssa Ruffin is a multi-award-winning Singer-Songwriter, and genre bending Recording Artist. Alyssa was born in Mason City, Iowa. Known as the location where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Big Boppers plane crashed "The Day Music Died". Alyssa moved to Denver, Colorado at the age of five. She is a proud Military wife currently based out of Denver, and working on music in Nashville, Los Angeles, and beyond. Alyssa is a Mission 22 Ambassadors, aiding in Veteran Suicide prevention, awareness, and treatment programs for Military Veterans, and their families. Alyssa is also an advocate for Suicide, PTSD, Mental Health, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Homelessness, Education, Leadership, Creative Arts, Diversity, and Equality. She is passionate about giving back to the community, and doing what she can to make a difference in the world. Her debut studio album will be released in 2023!
Guitar driven music, raw emotion, and personal life experience drive impressive imagery into Alyssa's lyrics, melodies, and arrangements. She leaves her audience wanting more with the unforgettable, larger-than-life performances. There will be no shortage of that same delivery on her upcoming, debut studio album. Inspired by Country Music Icons like Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, and Lainey Wilson; Pop/R&B artists like Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Sia, and Dua Lipa; As well as Pop/Rock Artists like Pink, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, and Avril Lavigne.
Alyssa opened for Grammy-nominated Country Music Group Confederate Railroad ("Queen of Memphis"), Billboard chart-topping Rock band Hinder ("Lips of an Angel) and Royal Bliss, 2x ASCAP Award winner J.R. Richards of Dishwalla ("Counting Blue Cars"), Legendary Hip-Hop artist Coolio ("Dangerous Minds"), AMA Award-winning Rock band Firehouse ("Love of a Lifetime"), and Country Music Group Sawyer Brown ("Race Is On") performing for 30,000+ patrons in a sold-out arena concert. Additionally, Alyssa performed in the Global Green "Music For The Planet" virtual benefit concert along with Grammy Award winner Lisa Loeb, Paula Cole, Taylor Dayne, Jody Watley, Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and so many more!
MUSIC: Alyssa's EP features upcoming single "Pretty Boy Blues", along with her brand new single "Love Triangle" and her debut single "Collateral Damage" will release in Spring 2023. Alyssa is working with Grammy Award-winning, and 5x Billboard award-winning Music Producer and Composer Kitt Wakeley on a single. She is also working with Grammy nominated Producer and Engineer "King Richard" Easterling, and award-winning Scott Wilson (bassist for Platinum selling Rock band Saving Abel) on upcoming singles "Enough" and "Where I Need You Now". Both tracks feature Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan) on drums, Scott Wilson (Saving Abel) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Richard Easterling (Muse, Train, Fuel) on guitar, and Nashville pro-Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney & Chris LeDoux) on steel guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
Additionally, Alyssa's single "Collateral Damage", was produced by Grammy Regional Chapter Governor & voting member, the first female contributor to Pro-Tools Expert, producer and engineer - Audrey Martinovich. This single was recorded at Audio For The Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Collateral Damage was born from Alyssa's partnership with Dan Hudson (D.T. Hudson Writing Company / Operation Check Six), to write a song for a female Military Veteran, and trauma survivor. In an effort to highlight women in the music industry, Alyssa hired an all-female musician and production cast (Audrey Martinovich, Jenna Joanis, Jules Quass & Allizon Lenz) on this inspirational power anthem. As a thank you, Dan Hudson at Operation Check Six built a custom guitar for Alyssa. It was inspired by Dean Guitars, and modeled after Dimebag Darrell's guitar from Pantera. It is a direct reflection of Alyssa's personality complete with dark glittery pink paint, featuring all gold hardware, dual humbucker pickups, mahogany body, and maple neck, with custom engraved work dedicated to Alyssa. The guitar was on display in a Museum Exhibit for Operation Check Six for nearly 7 months, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorehead, Minnesota.
Furthermore, Alyssa is featured on "Futurebright" by Ozonic, produced by Producer and Composer Jarrod Headley (Spike, ESPN, CBS), as well as Ed McGee's single "The Love That We Know", produced by platinum and gold award-winning Music Producer Bill Douglass. Alyssa is a registered member of the Midwest Country Music Organization, Mississippi Music Foundation, International Singer Songwriter Association, the Association of Independent Music UK (AIM), and the Montgomery Area Musicians Association (MAMA). Be sure to follow this powerhouse songstress on your favorite digital platforms for new music releases, merch launches, and tour dates!
The Early Years
Alyssa started singing at the age of three. She began performing on stage at the age of five. Alyssa's mother is also a Singer-Songwriter. She participated in a singing competition in Iowa, and made it to the finals held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the Mother church of Country Music. When Alyssa's mother returned from Nashville, they watched the competition taping together. Alyssa was always inspired by her mothers but there was a little girl in the competition who was also five years old. Alyssa knew in that moment it was okay that she wanted to be a singer. Moving forward, Alyssa's mom had her on stage singing at every singing contest, talent show, fair, and festival she could find. She performed her first music showcase at the Bill Riley Talent Search at the North Iowa Fairgrounds around age 5, and Park Centre Lounge in Thornton, Colorado. By the time Alyssa was seven years old, she had performed all over Northern Iowa including the famous Country Crossroads in Manly, Iowa, and Cashwise Grocery store on a stage made out of Pepsi 12 packs. By age eight Alyssa was performing all over Denver, Colorado at local iconic venues such as Porky's Steakhouse, the Famous Countryland, and the Flight Deck. At age nine Alyssa performed with her mother for Buddy Holly's wife, Maria Holly at the Buddy Holly Memorial Anniversary event in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Alyssa went with her mother to every band rehearsal, gig, karaoke show, and singing competition that she was allowed to attend. By age 13 she performed on the original Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, Alyssa performed with her moms bands, her moms friends bands, duos, and national touring bands all over the U.S. and Canada. By age 14, Alyssa performed at the International Freedom Festival in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the Essex Singing and Fiddle Competition in Essex, Ontario, Canada, Little Memphis, Bronson's Country & Western Dance Tavern, Purples, The Highway, and various other places throughout Canada. On the other side of the Ambassador Bridge in Metropolitan Detroit, Alyssa performed at various venues to include Emilio's, Vito's, and Alibi's.
Alyssa's mother moved the family to Nashville on two separate occasions while pursuing her career. Alyssa performed with her mother in Nashville on various occasions throughout her teens, and accompanied her mom to the recording studio. Alyssa was always surrounded by music industry professionals. At age 16, Alyssa's mom was in a band with Ron Ellison of the Legendary Grammy Award-Winning R&B Doo-Wop Group the Delfonics (Didn't I Blow Your Mind). Alyssa sat in with them on various occasions for band rehearsal, and guest performed on a song at the VFW Post 1 in Denver. Alyssa continued to compete in singing competitions throughout her teens and early twenties. She and her mother took turns winning local competitions in the Denver Metro area, as well as National singing competitions.
The Glow Up
As a young adult, Alyssa continued to compete in National Singing competitions. She began DJ-ing at dance clubs (DJ Dazzle), and hosting karaoke at various venues and events. She performed with friends bands, National touring bands, and at various Street Dances throughout North Dakota. Alyssa competed in the WEFEST Singing competition and won the wild card round, and opened for Sawyer Brown performing for 30,000+ patrons in Valley City, North Dakota. She's auditioned for FOX's American Idol in St Louis, Nashville, and in Denver twice. Additionally, she auditioned for The Voice casting call in Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. She started fronting bands on the East Coast for Kicking Norma, Aqua Spank, Lonesome Ryder Band, Jameson Green Band, and eventually started and fronted her own band, The Supernova Band in the Northern Virginia (NOVA) area. She performed all over Washington DC, Virgina, and Maryland to include venues such as Captain Bigs in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, she was the first band to ever perform at National Harbor, Banana Cafe in Washington DC, Lion & Bull in Haymarket, Virginia, Brian's Grille in Fairfax, Virginia, Madigan's Waterfront in Woodbridge, Virginia, and De Lazy Lizard in Ocean City, Maryland.
After relocating back to Colorado, Alyssa continued to pursue her music career by fronting local party band, the Just Dance Band, before co-founding Eighty3 - an 80s & 90s High Energy & New Wave Rock cover band. Alyssa guest performed with various bands in Denver, and Colorado Springs to include Gravel, Ozonic, Pretty Vague, Brian Grace Band, and many more. She opened for AMA Award-winning Rock band Firehouse (Love of a Lifetime) at The Venue in Denver, and performed all over with her band Eighty3. Shortly after leaving E3 to pursue her solo career, Alyssa had the honor of guest performing with bassist of platinum selling Rock band Saving Abel (Addicted), and music producer Scott Wilson, at Herman's Hideaway in Denver. Continuing her rise to the top, Alyssa opened for ASCAP award-winner J.R. Richards of Dishwalla (Counting Blue Cars), and Legendary Hip-Hop Artist Coolio (Gangsta's Paradise).
After relocating to California, Alyssa performed the National Anthem for opening ceremonies at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Santa Barbara, and drove back to Colorado to go in the studio with Saving Abel's Scott Wilson. She tracked vocals for her upcoming single "Enough". This track features Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan) on drums, Scott Wilson (Saving Abel) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Richard Easterling on guitar (Muse, Train, Fuel), and Nashville pro-Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood) on banjo, mandolin, and steel guitar. Alyssa opened for Billboard chart-topping Rock band Hinder (Lips of An Angel) at Sunshine Studios in Colorado Springs. Alyssa performed up and down the west coast at various venues to include the iconic Sunset Strip favorites. She performed at The Satellite in Los Angeles for the Gritty In Pink Galentines and Women's Month events, Skinny's Lounge, and State Social House. Alyssa guest performed with Hollywood Filmmaker Galen Walker (TMNT Movies) and his band Fireball at the famed Ireland 32's in Van Nuys.
Additionally, Alyssa performed at Pali Wine Company in Lompoc on several occasions, and guest performed with Soundhouse Band at Mongos in Avila Beach before leaving on tour. Before the pandemic struck, Alyssa's Summer 2020 tour featured venues such as the Rockin' Horse in Minot, North Dakota, Hard Rock Cafe in Denver, Highlands Street Fair in Denver, and the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Alyssa opened for Country Music Group Confederate Railroad (Trashy Side) at the A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Motorcycle Rally, performing for 10,000+ patrons.
Alyssa relocated to Central Alabama at the end of 2020. She recorded her first released single "Collateral Damage" with Grammy Voting Member, producer, engineer, and the first female contributor to Pro-Tools Expert, Audrey Martinovich. Alyssa flew to Madison, Wisconsin to track in-person at Audio For the Arts recording studio. She filmed her music video live in the studio with M.O.D. Media Productions, along with the Behind The Scenes Making Of video. The "Collateral Damage" lyric video was produced by BSquared MGMT out of Nashville, Tennessee. Alyssa continued her recording studio ventures and tracked scratch vocals for upcoming single "Daddy Don't Go" at the Afterdark Studio in Cartersville, Georgia.
Alyssa performed for the Global Green "Music For The Planet" benefit concert via the iconic Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, along with Grammy Award-winning Lisa Loeb (Stay, I Missed You), Taylor Dayne (Tell It To My Heart), Paula Cole (I Don't Want To Wait), Jody Watley (Lookin' For A New Love), Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls (Don't Cha), and Vanessa Bell-Armstrong (Nobody But Jesus).
Alyssa flew to Colorado to track her upcoming single "Where I Need You Now" with Saving Abel's Scott Wilson, at Sunshine Studios Live. This track also features Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan) on drums, Scott Wilson (Saving Abel) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Richard Easterling (Train, Muse, Fuel) on guitar, and Nashville pro-Steve Hinson (Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney) on banjo, mandolin, and steel guitar.
Alyssa received 4 nominations at the Josie Music Awards including Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter Achievement, and Stage Fashion Trailblazer. She walked her first Red Carpet at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where she was interviewed by TV & Film star James Craigmyle (Live PD, Court TV). Alyssa won the 2021 Vocalist of the Year Award in the Modern Country Female category.
Alyssa kicked off the year performing all over Alabama including a Songwriting showcase in Montgomery. She received four nominations at the Fair Play Country Music Red Carpet Awards Show in Holland. Those nominations include Best Song of the Year, Country Voice of the Year, Pop Original Female, and Modern Country Original Female. Alyssa won the Country Voice of the Year Award.
Alyssa tracked upcoming singles "Love Triangle", "Pretty Boy Blues" and "Party Down a Dirt Road" with producer Fletcher Robinson at Evergreen Records in Alabama. She became an official Spokesmodel for Confidently Ready by Josie and Tinamarie (makeup, hair Care & skincare line), Southern Peach Boutique, Secret Scrunch and Amazon. Alyssa was also selected as a Top 15 Finalist for the JMA Fest Singing Competition being held at Music Valley in Nashville.
Alyssa signed a distribution deal with a Sony Orchard subsidiary label. She released her sophomore single "Party Down a Dirt Road" just in time for Summer. Party Down a Dirt Road debuted on the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network, and was shared to all FM Country Music Radio Stations in and around Nashville. It reached over 29,000 streams, charted #1 in Wisconsin, and was picked up on more than 30+ FM Country Radio Stations across the midwest, in the 8 short weeks that it was live. Alyssa kicked off a short tour around the Midwest, and Southeastern Region with dates in Iowa, Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama shortly after.
Alyssa received 5 nominations at the Josie Music Awards including Artist of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter Achievement, and Stage Fashion Trailblazer. Alyssa won the Songwriter Achievement Award for her upcoming single "Enough" featuring Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan) on drums, Scott Wilson (Saving Abel) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Richard Easterling (Train, Muse, Fuel) on guitar, and Nashville pro-Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood) on banjo, mandolin, and steel guitar. The 8th Annual Josie Music Awards were held at the iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.
Alyssa performed the National Anthem for more than 1500 Military professionals at the United States Weapons School Graduation Class 22 Bravo, at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alyssa was invited by Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, and flew out for the performance.
Alyssa received 7 nominations at the Fair Play Country Music Red Carpet Awards Show in Holland. Nominations include Country Voice of the Year, Country Song of the Year, Country Rock Original, Modern Country Original, Country Pop Original, Songwriter of the Year, and Most Appreciated Artist. Alyssa is also nominated in two categories at the Mississippi Music Awards. Those nominations include "Best Female Pop Country Artist" and "Song of the Year Love Triangle". That makes Alyssa a 23x internationally nominated independent Recording Artist. Alyssa's song "Pretty Boy Blues" is being mastered by Platinum and Gold award winning producer Bill Douglass at Royal Recording, and "Enough" is being mastered by Grammy nominated producer Richard Easterling at KRM Studios in Colorado, and Nashville pro-Gerry Peters on her upcoming single "Daddy Don't Go". Alyssa's brand new single "Love Triangle" is available now on all digital platforms, and her EP is on track to release in the Spring, with music videos to follow!