Where are you from and what first led to your interest in singing?
I’m originally from Los Angeles, born in Chinatown. I started singing when I first saw the movie ‘Annie’ and really visualized myself being one of those orphans singing in the cast. From that point on, I did what I could to break out of my shell, but it wasn’t until I discovered karaoke after high school, that I began developing my skills and finding my voice. It was a great practice and guided me to where I am now, performing on stage with my band. It’s been an amazing ride so far!
Please, tell us more about how singing effects you?
I love to sing because of the connection and passion I have with music and the confidence I’ve gained/developed over the years. The reaction and love I get from people can be overwhelming sometimes but I’m always so grateful and humbled by positive responses. Topics I like to sing about range from love, love lost, empowerment, change, confidence, faith, and to always believe in yourself.
What’s your musical background and the name of your band?
I’ve done some musical theater, numerous singing competitions in and outside Los Angeles. I have traveled oversees and performed a lot there and was also featured on a National TV show on ABC called ‘Karaoke Battle USA’. That was a lot of fun and great exposure. There was also a time when I did a duet with the great and amazing Grammy winner, singer Jill Scott which is on my Youtube page…that was so surreal!! The name of my band is Alina Zayas.
Do you write your own songs and who inspires you?
Yes, I love to write my own songs and I find inspiration in just about everything. Especially when I’m in nature, surround by a lot of trees and cool breeze because it seems help me get in tune and clear minded, which opens up the creative doors. I am very inspired by live performances and singers such as Prince, Glady’s Knight, Joss Stone, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys, MJ, Tamia, Otis Redding, Jill Scott, Mariah Carey…I can go on and on. Also, I find inspiration in the struggles and difficulties I’ve gone through in my life, which hasn’t been easy, but I am grateful for everything that has happened because if I didn’t face those obstacles, I wouldn’t be the strong minded, spiritual person I am today. Inspiration can come from pain, emotional roller coasters and every single struggle.
What are your long-term career goals?
My long term goals are to continue writing songs and getting them published/licensed, become an established singer/songwriter and release many albums. I feel like it’s my purpose to make an impact on this planet and create positive change through my music. It would be nice to build a platform to help and inspire other people to never give up on their dreams, no matter what your age, size, weight, religion, color or gender. To tour and perform worldwide would be a dream come true plus, I would also love to tap into commercials, voice over work and print.
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What makes you feel like a “GLAMORSIZED” woman?
I feel “Glamorsized” because for a number of years, I stopped myself performing or singing because of my size/weight issues and allowed other people to get in my way and influence me negatively. I let a lot of opportunities pass me by because of those insecurities and the people I chose to surround myself with, but those days are long gone. My most important journey in my life was and continues to be, love myself first and foremost. It took me many years to tear down those walls, but I’m stronger than ever because of it. I found my spirituality, I feel sexy and so very happy & grateful for every single person who has supported me along the way, who has always believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Well now, I feel even more glam because I believe!