Drop everything and create

by Alya Michelson

Drop everything and create by Alya Michelson
Everyone has a story. Complicated, joyful, challenging, and beautiful. This is mine.

I am an independent artist living and creating music, films, and installations in Los Angeles. Born in Russia and emigrated to the United States seven years ago at the peak of my career as a journalist, I dropped everything and started my life from scratch. Some people may say I waited too long, but I say the magic happened when I was ready and the time was right.

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Ten Years of Solitude

As an independent artist, I faced a lot of challenges on the bumpy road of the entertainment industry. It took me almost ten years from the moment I started to work on my project to the day of release of my debut album. Ten lonely years I felt myself like the only soldier in the field. I was ready to give up many times. Actually, too many times, but I survived, and I am so proud of it.

As an immigrant and a woman, I have something to say and a unique perspective to bring to the table. Today, I want to make a difference, and I want my family to see the talents they love me for shine.

“Ten Years of Solitude” became for me a sort of self-competition adventure. At the end of the day, I was not looking at my album as a collection of diverse music tracks but as a wonderful story about becoming an artist.

“I took the (road) one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”


ALYA, Category: Artist, Albums: Ten Years of Solitude, Singles: Puppet Strings, Half of the Sun, Animals, Top Tracks: Puppet Strings, Colorful Dreams, Animals, Half of the Sun, Heart Shaped Hole, Biography: Ethereal but hook-heavy, Russian born, American artist Alya is a musical chameleon with a singular vision., Monthly Listeners: 215, Where People Listen: London, Paris, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago

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