Meet this week’s #womancrushwednesday, Alysha Brilla!
Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Tanzanian-canadian musician. Known for her unique roots-pop fusion musical style, Brilla has three full length albums under her belt, In My Head (2013), Womyn (2014) and her latest release, Human. All three albums were wrote and produced by Brilla, and feature her eclectic musical arrangement of drums, bass, guitar, keys, sax, trumpet and djembe. Brilla has also been nominated for 2 JUNO awards, including Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for In My Head and Womyn. She’s also won the 2015 International Songwriting Contest in Lyric Category for her song Immigrant. Brilla has toured across both Canada and the United States, performing in various festivals including, The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mariposa Folk Festival, The L.A. Angel City Music Festival, The Kitchener Blues Festival, Stratford Blues Festival and The KW Multi-Cultural Festival. Take a listen to her song “No more violence” below:
Along with being an incredibly accomplished musician, Brilla is just a beautiful soul, inside and out, and to us that makes her incredibly crushworthy. Learn about her romantic tendencies below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
What is your ideal first date, and what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
I think a really nice first date always involves food and me gauaging the socio-political views of a person. I love and need open minds around me, both platonic and romantic. To be truthful, though, the best dates I go on are with myself. I plan awesome meals, bubble baths and a good book. I always end up satisfied.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
If someone says “All Lives Matter” or that I look exotic.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
No single person will hold everything you need to fulfill you; people all reflect different aspects of being and you shouldn’t put all that expectation onto one romantic partner. As someone who believes in open/polyamorous relationships as a viable option, I think it’s good to keep in mind that we are fulfilled by many different people in our lives and most importantly, by our relationship with ourselves and (if you believe) in spirit/creator. I don’t buy into the paradigm that we are to be found, or all our troubles are to be solved upon meeting “the one”. Love is everywhere…you just share it with whoever you feel connected to, or for some, with no one (and that’s a totally legit choice, too).
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Be yourself. Love yourself. This world needs more honest, quirky and ‘flawed’ people who aren’t afraid to admit they are learning.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
I wrote my ex a song when I first met them. The title was their name and it had pretty telling lyrics. We’re not together anymore, but it’s a cute song! Then again, I suppose it’s not very strange for me to write songs about people I am fond of or otherwise…