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There is a huge movement going on here in the United States. People all over are pushing for female rights. If you look at the big picture, it would seem there is no problem. Women can vote, join the military, become CEOs, everything their male counterpart can do. It is when you take a closer look that there seems to be a glass ceiling when it comes to certain things. Women often are paid less, there are fewer in the boardroom, and female artists are not played near as much on radio as their male colleagues. It really feels like nitpicking with what seems like small things. However, all these small things lead up to a really big problem. It’s like trying to pilot a ship with a bunch of small holes. At first it may seem better than a big hole, but at the end it’s still going to sink. That’s where I feel we are with women’s rights in America. We have fixed the big problems, but if we don’t fix the small ones, the end result is the same.
I was slightly shielded from all of this growing up. My life has always been filled with powerful women role models. My grandmother, mother, teachers, and FFA advisors all took a sledge hammer to any barrier that was in their way. Actually it was country music that introduced me to women’s rights, or the lack thereof. To be more specific it was”The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks. I know it sounds strange, but there was something that had to do with that last verse. The one they ended up removing from radio because of all the controversy. The woman standing up for herself had to be the big problem. There had been many songs before where lyrics contained violence, but there was something about a woman shooting a man that people were not comfortable with. I am not supporting murder, but at that moment I knew that we are not as equal as we like to believe. Fast forward to today and our next artist here on Feed the Band is driving this message home with her latest single.
Alyssa Trahan is a women who is using TNT to knock down any barrier in her way. At first glance, Alyssa may not look like a force, but you will think differently shortly after you strike up a conversation with her. Being from the south, I assumed she was just another head strong New Yorker. However, she wields her confidence with amazing grace. Her strong foundation invites you in like a well built house that brings warmth and belonging. Alyssa Trahan is using her power in her latest single “Because I Am a Girl”.
“Because I Am a Girl” shows Alyssa’s power vocally, in her ability to tell a story and most importantly she calls out the status quo for women. She openly calls out naysayers and demands action. It is an anthem for women, but also demands action from all of us. Alyssa Trahan puts everything out and goes as far as to call out country radio. That’s a risk as a country artist. However, for her it is a risk worth taking.
Now, Let’s get to the interview. I have been speaking with Alyssa Trahan for a few months now. We finally got to stop and do a proper interview. Look for the delicious recipe she inspired and enter in that giveaway at the bottom. Here is our interview with Alyssa Trahan.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
When I was a little kid, I knew I wanted to be a singer-songwriter. So I looked up stories about some of my favorite artists and how they made it. All the stories I read mentioned Nashville, TN so I knew that was where I had to be. I asked my parents if we could visit Nashville on a family vacation one year. They said yes, and we spent a few days in Music City that summer! I remember feeling like I belonged in Nashville right away. So after that trip, I looked at a little snow globe of Nashville every night and dreamed of when I would make it my home. A few years later, I convinced my dad to take me on a few “business” trips to Nashville. After a while, things started to snowball in my career and making the move was necessary if I was serious, which I was! So in 2016, I finally made the move!
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I would say I’d be blue! That’s my favorite color, and it’s associated with feeling calm and/or at peace, which is how music makes me feel. It’s the only thing that’s ever made sense to me and I always feel the most at home when I’m making music.
If you could not play music, what do you think you would be doing?
If I couldn’t play music, I would probably do something else creative. Maybe a photographer, videographer or makeup artist!
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is loss. Losing people I love, especially.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
Every song is different! I usually start with an initial idea/concept and build off of it. But I’ve also started songs based on a lyric, melody or beat!
What’s the most interesting thing about you that people may not know?
I’d say the most interesting thing people may not know is that I was a dancer for 14 years! I did a little of everything: ballet, tap, jazz, pointe ballet, modern, lyrical, you name it! I was also a dance teacher for young kids for a while.
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What is your first fond memory of food?
The first fond memory I have of food would be a string cheese snack at my aunt’s house! Those are still my favorite snack to this day!
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
I actually have written a song called “Pickle Jar”! But I’d love to write a song about tea or pizza!
What does the coming year look like for you?
It looks crazy! I’m working on a lot of new music as an artist and a songwriter and I’m really excited about it! I’ll also be playing a lot of shows and traveling a bit.
If you were queen for the day, what would you try to achieve?
I would try to get as many homeless people and animals off the street as possible!
Your new single “Because I Am a Girl” throws some pretty big punches. Tell us how that song came to be.
This is one of the few songs I didn’t really mean to write, it just poured out of me! I was feeling a little discouraged and frustrated because of some things I had experienced and/or saw. I was working on other music in my studio at the time and was having trouble finding inspiration. So, I picked up my guitar and started playing what turned out to be the verse of the song. I sang what I was feeling and the song was written in about 30 minutes! I thought for sure that no one would like it. But, I sent it to my publisher and the rest of my team and they all loved it. So, we actually put a song I had initially planned to release on the back burner and did a rush release with this song! In the course of just a couple months, this song was written, recorded and distributed worldwide.
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I have noticed that many of your country male counterparts over the past few years have moved towards snap beats and pop. However, women like yourself are sticking to storytelling which is the the backbone of country music. Yet, there seems to be a glass ceiling for women in country music. What message do you have for country radio and naysayers that might help break that very ceiling?
I would tell them that there is room for everyone in this genre, both men and women and both traditional and modern. I think that’s part of what makes country music so great, there’s something for everyone! I’d also ask them to just give everyone a fair chance at their dreams, that’s all anyone wants in this town, a chance.
Is there anything else you want your fans at Southern Fellow to
I am so, so excited to release this new music I’m working on and cannot wait to start the next chapter! Thank you so much for supporting me and my dream and giving my music a chance!
That is Alyssa Trahan everyone. If you see her at a concert, on the street or social media welcome her to the Southern Fellow family. I don’t need to say it, but I am going to say it anyways. Dust off that playlist and add “ Because I Am a Girl”. You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube. Make sure you check out that giveaway below. Thank you for tuning in here at Feed the Band. We have more music and recipes coming soon!