VISSIA / With Pleasure
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Label: Hurray Hard Records
Genre: Alt-Pop, Neo-Soul
Music and lyrics by VISSIA (MAPL/SOCAN)
Produced and mixed by Nich Davies
Edmonton, Alberta artist VISSIA creates alt-pop music that plunges and hooks to catch and release. Whether breaking on the sand or splashing in the mud, this self-proclaimed earthy body of water writes songs as a way to observe, record and interpret her own internal paradoxes. Drawing on dance, R&B, rock and soul, VISSIA’s intuitive creative choices as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist explore our emotional heart-spaces with unquenchable curiosity and playful awareness.
Growing up in Stony Plain, Alberta, VISSIA began playing piano at age five, studying classical repertoire into her high school years. By middle school, she was teaching herself enough guitar to write her own songs and began arranging them with her two younger sisters. After an eight-year run as a touring folk-pop trio, the sisters went on indefinite hiatus to pursue their own interests.
Upon graduating from MacEwan University’s Music Program in 2011, VISSIA self-released her first album as a solo artist, A Lot Less Gold. Continuously evolving, VISSIA’s sound has come a long way since her folky beginnings and the whiskey-drenched swagger of 2017’s Place Holder. She has made high-profile appearances including the UK’s Great Escape Festival, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Canmore Folk Music Festival, sharing stages with the likes of Hawksley Workman, Jim Bryson, Matt Andersen, Lindi Ortega and others across Canada.
Driven by connection and thirsty for movement, VISSIA dives into bubbly waters and emerges with a collection of pop-polished gems with the forthcoming With Pleasure.