Artist Name:
Allissa Logsdon (Stage name: ALLISSA)

Age:
21

Genres:
Pop, Rock, Contemporary Christian

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, PA

Label:
(Pioneer Records/Point Park University)

Hobbies/Interests apart from Music:
Cooking, graphic design, marketing, and social media management. I also love watching TV and movies, especially something with a little action.

Last Netflix Binge:
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D—it’s SO good!

Musical Influences:
Lacey Sturm and Evanescence are my two biggest musical influences. Lacey Sturm’s music is the reason why I started writing music in the first place. I wanted to create faith-based music with an edge and a story just like her. I have always thought that Amy Lee from Evanescence was one of the best female vocalists around; she makes me want to become a better singer.

Very First Musical Purchase:
I bought a used Yamaha keyboard off Craigslist when I was about 13. It was a dream—88 keys, fully weighted, and so big it barely fit in my room. I wrote my first song on it. Since then, I upgraded to a Nord Piano 2 keyboard, but I still have my Yamaha.

CCM: Do you remember that moment when you realized you wanted to make an actual career out of music?
ALLISSA: In high school, I was discouraged by my peers and mentors, and because of it, I basically gave up music completely. When I enrolled at Point Park University, I found a supportive community, including my classmates and professors. I’ve never had more passion than I do now, and I’m dreaming like crazy. The doors that God has opened for me with my music have been unreal.

CCM: If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why?
ALLISSA: Going on tour with Lacey Sturm would literally be on the very tippy top of my bucket list. Her music is pretty much all I listened to for most of my life. Her style, message, and sound has inspired me in so many ways.

CCM: If you could tell the world about another artist/band to check out, who would it be?
ALLISSA: This is a tough one! I really love Vance Joy. Every single one of his songs is so good, so any song someone would pick to listen to for the first time would be a good choice.

CCM: Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
ALLISSA: If there is one song I wish I wrote, it would probably be the song “Saturn” by Sleeping at Last. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, both lyrically, and melodically. It’s one of those songs that just hits you in the feels if you know what I mean! Achingly beautiful is the only way to describe it.

CCM: What can listeners expect in terms of the sound, style and lyrics?
ALLISSA: I use a lot of metaphors, similes, and imagery in my lyrics. I write most of my songs in minor keys because minor keys are so dramatic, and the more drama, the better! Although my music is a little bit dark, I always try to incorporate an element of hope. Overall, I would describe my music as edgy and hope-filled.

CCM:  How important is your faith or spirituality within your music?
ALLISSA: My faith is the most important component of my music. I truly believe that God writes through me. Whatever He wants me to say, I write. My music doesn’t always “scream Jesus”, but it opens the door for me to talk about my story, my struggles, and how God saved me from it all. God gave me a voice and put music in my soul. It’s because of Him that I do what I do.

CCM: What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
ALLISSA: More than anything, I want people to feel a sense of hope after listening to my music. Sometimes people will check out the minute they hear a religious song, so I intentionally write in a way that people don’t really know what/who I am writing about. It could be about God, a relationship, or just my feelings. My goal is to keep them listening, and punch them in the face with hope! I want people to know they have a purpose, there is more to life, and there is ALWAYS hope on the other side of pain.

CCM: What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
ALLISSA: “Hard Times” by Paramore will always be the answer to this question! Their After Laughter album is BOMB.

CCM: What was the songwriting process like on this record?
ALLISSA: When I wrote “Here” this past summer, I didn’t know I would win Point Park University’s Pioneer Records’ Star contest, but I figured I should write something a little more upbeat since it would be turned into a music video. Collaborating with rapper Victor Gariseb (Southwest DFRNT) was tons of fun and he added a cool, new element. The video was written, directed and produced by Point Park cinema studies students, so it was a really a supportive experience and I’ll always be thankful.

Watch the video for “Here”

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Ross Cluver
Associate Publisher - Managing Editor

Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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