Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayisa Adderley.
Hi Ayisa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started singing as a child but did not consider pursuing it professionally until I was much older. I was able to actually pursue it once I graduated high school. I recorded my first professional demo when I was 19. I’ve since held many hats as a recording artist; I started as a solo artist, became the frontwoman of a pop-punk/alternative rock band, and then went right back to being a solo pop artist. I’ve made a lot of friends along the way, and I would not be at this point in my career without having met those amazing people.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I could go on for days about the many different obstacles I have faced. But, ultimately, I am glad that I have a solid team of people who have been willing and continue to help me. I will say, the biggest struggle is finding people you work well with. I am self-managed and oversee all curated projects, so it is important to have those people you trust in your circle.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a pop artist based in LA. I write and sing my own music. Currently, I have four singles out: ‘Adrenaline’, ‘IRMOH’, ‘All In It’, and the most recent release ‘Friends’. I have a new song ‘To and From’, which will be up on all streaming platforms beginning Feb 26th. I also avidly post acoustic covers on YouTube with my colleague Caige. I was born in California to two immigrant parents, but I was raised in North Carolina. I started my career in a pop-punk/alternative rock band called Eyes Eat Suns, very akin to Paramore. We got that comparison a lot. I loved that whole experience, we even played Warped Tour a few times. But, as I evolved as an artist, I really wanted to evolve my writing, and I wanted to perform pop music. I’m most proud of the fact that while I was working on my first few singles, I was also finishing my bachelor’s degree in psychology. It was really important to me to finish school. What sets me apart is my writing style. When I write a song, I pull from so many different sources. For example, ‘Adrenaline’ was written about my personal experiences adjusting to living in LA, while ‘To and From’ is narrating the effects of living with seasonal affective disorder. My intention is to always portray optimism.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
It’s hard to pick just one. I have so many favorite moments. I think my favorite memory has to be hanging out at my best friend’s pool, eating cheddar Pringles, and blasting Shania Twain’s ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’, singing along like we knew what it meant to be women even though we were like eight years old. A lot of my favorite memories are with this friend, actually.
- Website: https://ayisa.myteespring.co
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/ayisaadderley
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/ayisaadderley
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/ayisaadderley
- Youtube: www.youtube.com/AYISA
Ayisa Adderley (Blue Photos) Brianna Stacy (Pink and Gold Photos)