Alyssa Bernal: Pharrell’s Next Big Protege?
Ever wonder what it would be like to have Pharrell Williams so interested in you that he contacts your high school to track you down? That’s just what happened to singer-songwriter Alyssa Bernal, a teenager was shocked whom the multiplatinum artist and producer found on YouTube.
“They didn’t know who Pharrell was! They just thought it was some shady guy trying to get a hold of me,” explains Alyssa referring to her high school.
Her mother finally spotted his MySpace message and 24 hours later, she and Alyssa were on a plane from their home in San Antonio, TX to meet Pharrell and Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine in Los Angeles.
“Finding a new talent like Alyssa is so exciting to me,” says Pharrell. “There are a lot of young singers out there who can carry a tune, but Alyssa is the real deal. She is a true musician with an incredible voice.”
Once signed to Star Trak, Alyssa met with her dream producer, Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, Train). Terefe’s schedule was fully booked for the next few months, but after an hour-long meeting with the young singer, he agreed to work with her – starting immediately.
Alyssa and her mother moved to London for seven weeks to record her debut album, In Love Again For The First Time. Terefe helped develop Alyssa’s naturally sunny sound, enlivening her pop sensibility with notes of funk and soul. Her first single “Cali Cali Cali” is available for download now, and is the perfect example of Alyssa’s sunny yet substantive style.
You can download Alyssa Bernal‘s music right here.