You know we're here for the new music. Jerrica Alyssa has this gorgeous voice and infectious melodies that evoke another time. Her new song "Those Cherry Lips" is instantly catchy but has this thread of sensuality that ties it all together. We talked to the up-and-coming artist about what has been inspiring her lately.
How did you get started in music?
Jerrica: As a young child, I remember my home being filled with music playing all the time. When my parents would play classic Pop & R&B records by legends like Michael Jackson, I’d always put on a show to sing and dance for my family. This was the beginning of my musical journey, exhausting my family with my singing, piano and dance. Music has always been the center of my life, now expressed through my own music.
Tell me about your song “Those Cherry Lips” what’s the story behind it?
Jerrica: Those Cherry Lips is a song I wrote about the beautiful, gentle, sensuous connection between two lovers. More than a love song, it comes from a feminine sensitivity about two lovers meeting with passion. The lush color of those cherry lips describes the mesmerizing nature of someone’s beautiful lips when they speak and kiss.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
Jerrica: Some of my biggest inspirations include my musical idols Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga. In my eyes they are fierce, passionate and dedicated. I’ve grown up listening to their powerful music and watched them take on the world non-apologetically and with purpose. As an artist, I am in awe of their achievements in songwriting, playing the keys, singing, and performing. Their work has inspired me from a young age to work my ass off, to push myself to better my craft everyday. They give me confidence and love to strive to be the best version of myself as a woman.
What’s one of the biggest challenges you’ve face in your career?
Jerrica: The biggest challenge was to leave my hometown to come to the United States, to pursue my music. My appreciation for my new musical community is hard to put into words. Just know I am surrounded by like-minded artists and creatives. I experience an incredible boost of confidence daily.
What is your best piece of advice for young women?
Jerrica: Just get out of your own way and do you. With love and confidence be exactly who you need to be. Always remember your self-worth.