Urban pop singer, songwriter and producer Paige Alyssa proudly returns to St. Louis PrideFest to perform on the Mastercard Entertainment Stage on Saturday afternoon. With two EP's and a slew of singles under her belt the soulful songstress is looking forward to showing Pride audiences what she's all about.

 

 "Well, I can't tell everything, because I don’t want to ruin any surprises," teased Alyssa about her performance. "However, everyone should look forward to an upbeat performance that has a little something for everybody. I wanted to make sure that I went all out for PrideFest this year and give the audience an idea of who Paige Alyssa is as a performer and vocalist. You all won’t be disappointed."

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Born and raised in St. Louis, Alyssa took inspiration from her gospel roots and earned a music degree in vocal performance from Webster University. Her two EPs, "The Wait is Over" and "Songs for Myself", draw inspiration not only from gospel and jazz, but a musical journey with pop pulling from artists like Lauryn Hill and India Arie to Prince and Madonna.

 

The openly gay artist's first PrideFest experience was performing at St. Louis PrideFest in 2016. It's a moment she'll never forget.

 

"That was my first time ever attending pride, as well as my first time singing for the festival," she explained. "It was great being surrounded by my LGBTQIA+ family and having the opportunity to sing for them. That moment also taught me a lot as a band director and performer. Since that performance, I have raised expectations for myself and I'm even more excited and confident to come before you all again this year."

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"PrideFest audiences are special because we're queer," Alyssa continued. "While being part of this community often comes with challenges, I love being queer and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. It's an honor to perform for my chosen family, and this is one of the few times during the year that I get to share my music with the audience I wrote it for. My queerness has informed my music, and there’s no greater feeling in the world than being able to perform for the community who inspired me to write and produce. I can be who I am without fear, because I know there’s a crowd of people out there who see and value me."

 

Indeed, Alyssa continuously challenges the norms of popular music and its current state. The eclectic influences she’s derived from her training can be heard in new music like 2017's "The Plug" and "Worth It" and some past songs she’s recorded that pay homage to earlier sounds.

 

"Pride means freedom," she concludes of PrideFest. "Freedom to be in this body without fear and without minimizing myself. Freedom to love whoever I want, however I want. It means everything to me. Because of that, I am going to give this performance everything I have."

 

Paige Alyssa will perform on the Mastercard Entertainment Stage at St. Louis PrideFest on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.

 

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