"In the middle of winter, I'd leave a warm fire to hear Alyssa sing in a drafty barn"
~Wayne Thompson, The Oregonian
In 1988, Alyssa Schwary's music education went from Cornish College of the Arts In Seattle, to an 11 year touring schedule, resulting in "lots of frequent flier mileage". She has sung in 28 countries and in all 50 of the United States under various private and corporate sponsorships. As an independent artist, singer/song writer and bandleader, she sold over 3,000 copies of her first CD release in 1993 "Another Chance". This album was voted one of the 10 best in Seattle in 1994, by Earshot Jazz Magazine. Jim Wilke featured Schwary regularly on his PBS jazz program on KPLU and she received both, national radio play on PBS and College Radio stations. Virgin Atlantic used the title cut, an original composition, "Another Chance", for their in-flight entertainment programming. Schwary has opened, recorded or performed with Tito Puente, Gino Vanelli, Kenny Barron, The Yellow Jackets, and the Oregon Symphony, featuring Kathleen Battle, not to mention all of the jazz greats of the Northwest!
Motherhood, marriage, and the passage of time has only added to her depth of character and her ability to be authentic and creative. For 20 years, Alyssa has been living on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea, in the port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Without the influence of much outside interference, she has had ample time to develop her own sound and style!
Now, after a 15 year reprieve from the music business of daily gigging, band leading, and schlepping, she has returned to her roots in the Pacific Northwest.