Alyssa Kogler"A song cannot be forced. It does not take form instantly. Writing music is as much a journey as life itself. The first steps are taken, first words spoken, and a course or sense of direction is established. There are both failures and successes along the way. Both provide for ample opportunity to grow; to remind oneself of the choices that brought him or her to their current surroundings in the first place. Alyssa Kogler’s sophomore LP, “Never Forget”, is precisely that: a mixture of memories made and lessons learned captured in form of song.
Born in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Alyssa was exposed to a variety of music from an early age - from Billy Joel, James Taylor and Phil Collins to Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel, and Amy Grant - some of these influences can still be heard in her songs today. However, perhaps one of the most musically defining moments in her life was at the age of 9, watching her Grandmother play Debussy’s “Clair De Lune” on the piano. It was then she knew she wanted to play as well and from that moment on her musical journey began.
Alyssa started studying the piano at the age of 10. Shortly thereafter, she and her family moved to Vienna, Austria where her passion for music would be greatly enriched. Little did she know Austria would also become home for the next 20 years. At the age of 14 she began writing her own songs and was seen participating in many musical activities, both in and outside of school. From accompanying choirs and playing in church bands to performing at recitals, competitions and concerts, Alyssa became increasingly devoted to her passion for music.
It was precisely that passion that led to her auditioning for music Universities in Vienna upon graduating from High School. This process proved highly competitive and critical, but her perseverance in pursuing her passion paid off when she was accepted into Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts. Thus, her classical studies began, but not longer after, her professors were encouraging her to focus on her songwriting as well. Alyssa continued to write and play while completing her studies, and soon afterward found herself playing concerts ranging from club gigs of her own to opening for international acts such as Roxette and later Fool’s Garden.
In 2006, Alyssa released her debut album, “Not Gonna Let It”- a successful demonstration of her passion for popular music while drawing upon and displaying evidence of her classical training. Reflecting upon this milestone, experiences lived and lessons learned, she realized that the journey ahead involved a future release that was more genuine and piano based. Thi