Passionately creative and creatively passionate, Alyssa Wright is a Canadian cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, educator, writer, activist, advocate, and occasional rant-er. She is currently based in Barrie, Ontario.
"That sound just grabbed me… She's a virtuoso!"
[Victor Wooten, bassist, composer, author and educator]
"That voice! And soul."
[Eric Bibb, acoustic blues singer-songwriter]
In addition to her solo performance, Alyssa is currently a member of folk-roots duo The Brights and classical ensemble Amity Trio, and is Ontario folk music's "go-to-it" girl for cello studio and session work. She has played festivals and venues from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, including Massey Hall, Hugh's Room, The Carleton, Harbourfront Centre and Molson Amphitheatre, and has appeared on well over fifty commercial recordings (she admits to having lost count some time ago).
Recent highlights include performing with Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten, and performing a co-written song with multi-award-winning acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb. (Yes, she can die now – but hopefully she won't, and there will be many more highlights to come!)
"The best thing in a woman's voice since
Ruthie Foster or Serena Ryder"
[David Zub, concert presenter]
"An amazingly talented musician… sweet, sweet cello…
has brought a tear to my eye many times."
[Mose Scarlett, musician and Juno nominee]
When not performing, Alyssa runs music publicity company Take Note! Promotion, and is in the process of bringing the Katie Project to life "giving a voice to the voiceless -- using music to promote awareness of and healing from childhood sexual abuse." She also teaches cello, voice, ensemble work and improvisation, and gives music and creativity workshops throughout Ontario.
Occasionally, she has a nap.
But only occasionally...