This week we are crushing on Alyssa Baker!
Alyssa Baker is a young Canadian singer-songwriter/musician/actor on the rise. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1997, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, before moving to Toronto to pursue her career.
As an independent artist, Alyssa released her debut, self-titled EP in 2014, which lead to performances on the historic Broadway strip in Nashville, Tennessee; a 10-city tour of British Columbia; and a spot as a regional semi-finalist in CBC’s Searchlight competition. Her sophomore EP, Undone, showcased Alyssa’s evolution as a songwriter and a new, more mature sound. It earned Alyssa notoriety on music charts in in the UK and Australia; a spot in the Top 5 Local Musicians of the Year for 2016 by the Permanent Rain Press; and the title Breakout Artist of the Year 2016 from Social Stars online. Alyssa is in the process of recording her first full length album.
In 2015, Alyssa was cast in the role she is best-known for, Maggie, a complex, driven, multi-talented singer-songwriter in the Netflix original teen drama, Lost & Found Music Studios (L&F). A spin-off from the worldwide sensation The Next Step, L&F tells the story of young musicians participating in an elite, after-school music program. L&F garnered a place in the Top 10 US Streaming Shows by fan engagement, alongside Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. (Cynopsis Media, April 4, 2016). Alyssa was nominated for an ACTRA/UBCP Emerging Artist Award, 2016, for her role as Maggie; was featured in Popstar! online magazine; and received votes from fans around the globe for a Teen Choice Award nomination for Next Big Thing, 2016. Alyssa’s fan base, calling themselves “Alyssa’s Army”, is growing internationally, with fan accounts around the globe, in the UK, France, Brazil, Canada, the U.S., etc. Alyssa’s music, both independent and with L&F, has surpassed 1 million Spotify streams.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Their presence. Each person brings with them a unique energy the moment they enter a room. When I meet a potential love interest, I usually take notice the minute they walk in.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
When someone hates the “The Office” because that show is awesome. Or, when someone is rude to servers (or anyone really) because that is not awesome.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
It is always important to act with kindness, but just because someone likes you, does not mean that you have to like them back. My mom said this to me a lot throughout my life and it stuck with me. I was so worried about hurting other peoples’ feelings, then I realized, giving someone false hope to be “polite,” or handing out your number when it makes you feel uncomfortable, or anything of the sort, isn’t actually all that nice to the other person or to yourself.
What is your definition of romance?
Okay, get ready for some cheese, but I would say romance is putting in the effort to make someone else smile, and the warm fuzzy feeling that accompanies it.
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
I think sometimes the best dates are the unplanned ones. Once I hung out with a group of people (including a very cool and cute guy) and everyone started heading home until it was just me and this guy left. I was ready to leave when he turned to me and said, “do you want to do something?”. We ended up going on a little adventure around our town and it was kind of the best.