Seafarer and Singer-Songwriter, Alissa Musto, shares inspiration behind her new single

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Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into this field of work and who were some of your influences growing up?

My name is Alissa Musto and I am a musician, singer and songwriter based in Boston, MA. However, over the past few years I have had the pleasure of traveling around the world as an entertainer aboard luxury cruise ships. Growing up in a family of professional musicians, my father introduced me to the piano when I was 4 years old and has remained one of my biggest influences. My original music is inspired by piano-based singer-songwriters like Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor and Christina Perry, as well as pop artists like Lorde and Lana del Rey.

Q: What kind of training have you had, if any?

Although I was classically trained as pianist and studied music throughout my childhood, I actually went to college for something completely different: politics. I earned my degree in government to prepare me for law school. However, I went in a completely different direction after graduation and decided to pursue my true passion, music.

I did ultimately get my Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, which Billboard Magazine has consistently named one of the best music business schools.

Q: What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?

There are a few moments I would relive over and over again; being called into the top 15 on the live Miss America telecast as millions of people watched at home, the first time I played an original song on a big stage with a band for a full audience, my first performance in New York City, the first time my dad saw my show on a cruise ship, and above all, every single time somebody has written me or told me that my music affected their life in some way. These may not be the type of career achievements that you would read about on my website or resume, but they’re the moments that make me remember why I do what I do and empower me to push through those not so glamorous times.

Q: You just released a new single, “How Still”. What was the inspiration for this song?

Q: How did you come up with the idea for your Music video?

I invited seafarers from around the world to send in short videos and selfies expressing what they want the world to know about the cruise industry, to feature in the music video. While cruise ships haven’t been painted in the best light during the pandemic, I want to show that WE are the faces of the cruise industry and how this affects all of US.

Q: If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?

Q: Do you have any advice for young music makers like yourself?

Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

Q: What are your favorite venues to perform in?

Performing on the iconic House Of Blues stage was also another favorite, especially because I was accompanied by my brother and best friend.

Even after traveling around the world, there’s nothing like performing in my hometown of Boston. There are a certain realness, rawness, and sense of community in Boston that really can’t be described in words and there are definitely times when I miss singing in those dive bars and piano bars. You’ll never hear a crowd belt out Sweet Caroline as enthusiastically as they do in Boston.

Q: What new projects are you currently working on?

Where the audience can see your Social Profiles:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alissamusto

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alissamusto

Website: www.alissamusto.com

https://www.facebook.com/alissamusto/videos/592016744740907/

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