Alyssa Marie was born into a large extended Lebanese-American family on April 2, 1989 on the south shore of Massachusetts in Brockton. She grew up working alongside her family in the agricultural business they have built up over the last 75 years. Working from such a young age instilled a work ethic in Alyssa that could not be taught in a classroom. Lebanese families are notably close-knit; however, working together with them fortified her bond with her family, something that she feels has carried her through her toughest times.
Ever since she learned how to write, Alyssa Marie could be found revealing her thoughts and feelings through poetry. Her work was published in various anthologies early on, but Alyssa didn’t discover true validation for her writing until later on in a slightly different avenue. Although she claims she cannot sing, Alyssa has always loved music, especially Hip-Hop. Her love for poetry gradually transformed into a passion for rap, and by the age of 15 she had recorded her first verse. She bounced around between the low-budget home studios of different friends, recording verses whenever the opportunity presented itself. Alyssa Marie’s first investment toward her music career was a $50 microphone she paid for at the age of 16 so she would be able to record her own work from home. At the time, a career in rap seemed unimaginable, but this was far more than a hobby. Her work quickly became her life.
Unwilling to sacrifice her career, Alyssa made the difficult and risky decision to drop out of college and give all of her attention to her music. In late 2009, Alyssa Marie’s work ethic and focus paved the way to her arrival on the music scene. She began producing and posting her videos on YouTube and people took notice. She also began entering a mixture of contests and online cyphers to really grow her buzz. In 2010, Alyssa released her first project, “Welcome Home.” While Alyssa says her immaturity as an artist is apparent in this mix tape, she still feels a strong connection to it. “Welcome Home” represents an arduous time in her life, something she never wants to let herself forget; more importantly, though, it symbolizes the starting point of her career in music. As her fan base grew, Alyssa began compiling the verses she had recorded on YouTube into one cohesive project, “5 More Minutes.” This title represented Alyssa’s belief that her listeners were merely sleeping up until this point. This compilation gave her fans 5 more minutes to “press the snooze button” before she would wake them up with new music that was soon to come.
As of 2012, Alyssa Marie’s YouTube page had attained over 1.9 million views and captured over 28,000 subscribers. She has been featured on Worldstar Hip Hop with cosigns and collaborations by some of rap’s underground legends. Continuing to create new music for her growing fan base, Alyssa Marie also marked the release of “HeartBeat,” her first fully original project, in May, 2012. Starting out with the intentions of creating a 5 track EP, this project grew to an 11 song, full-length project and was completed in under 3 weeks. While this may have been written and recorded in an incredibly small window of time, Alyssa feels this is her most complete project to date. Only time will tell where Alyssa Marie’s music will take her.