Alyssa Bernal Interview & ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’ Performance

Alyssa Bernal

YouTube sensation Alyssa Bernal recently sat down with Young Hollywood’s RJ Williams for an interview and special acoustic performance of single ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’. Alyssa talked about what it felt like to pass 100 million views on her YouTube channel, how she stays true to her roots, and what it was like being the only girl on tour with idols Lifehouse and Kris Allen. Alyssa also revealed which singer she hopes to collaborate with, and what she hopes to accomplish over the next few years.

“I remember having 11,000 subscribers and before I knew it, I looked back and it was like 300 million.. not really, but it happened so fast,” Alyssa said about her YouTube rise to fame.

On still doing the YouTube videos, she said, “I keep my Flip cam in my pocket. I record whatever I think would be fun to watch. I think it’s interesting for them to watch behind the scenes and day in the life. Everything crazy that goes on behind the scenes on tour.”

Asked for an example of the crazy stuff that goes on while touring, she said, “For one thing, I’m the only girl on this whole tour and it’s kind of cool. Most people don’t know that my brother is my drummer on tour, and he takes care of me.”

As for why she recorded the album in London, Alyssa said, “Star Trak record sat me down and asked me what my influences were, and we narrowed it down to the producer, his name was Martin Terefe, he produced some of my influences like Jason Mraz. I love James Morrison and KT Tunstall, and he was our guy. Packed for a week thinking I was just gonna meet the guy, he was like, you know what, I’ll open up my schedule, relocate to London, and we’ll record an album.”

Watch the interview at via below the cut. (more…)

Alyssa Bernal Performs ‘Winter Wonderland’

With just a few days left until Christmas, Alyssa Bernal has covered the classic holiday song ‘Winter Wonderland’, putting her own spin on the version recorded by her favorite artist Jason Mraz. When asked what’s on her own Christmas wishlist, Alyssa shared that she’s hoping for gift cards to her favorite stores (like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters) or a new iPod. “Mine ran out of memory space – I think I need another one so I can have more music,” she said.

The performance video at YouTube has since been removed.

Alyssa Bernal Covers ‘Grenade’ By Bruno Mars

Alyssa Bernal 'Grenade' music video

Alyssa Bernal performed a cover of ‘Grenade’ by Bruno Mars karaoke style since her guitar string was broken. “I have this huge crush on Bruno Mars… so yeah. Hope you like my old school YouTube video with the karaoke,” Alyssa writes. Watch it below.

Alyssa Bernal & Jason Wade ‘Hold Me Tight’ Behind The Scenes

Alyssa Bernal studio

Step into the recording studio with Alyssa Bernal and Lifehouse’s Jason Wade, as they discuss how their duet ‘Hold Me Tight’ came to life. “I just loved her voice,” Jason says. “We sang both of the choruses out there together in the same mic-room, kind of an old-school way of recording.”

‘Hold Me Tight’, along with the single ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’, are featured on Alyssa’s EP on iTunes and will be tracks on her debut album, scheduled for release in early 2011.

Alyssa Bernal ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’ Video Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes during Alyssa Bernal 'Cali, Cali, Cali' music video shoot

Alyssa Bernal is out with behind the scenes footage from the making of her ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’ music video. The singer songwriter explained the concept of the video as reminiscing about a road trip to California and the boy she met along the way. “It’s unforgettable,” she says. “I had an amazing time. Such a great experience.” Alyssa’s full-length debut ‘In Love Again For The First Time’ will be released early next year, but her self-titled EP is available now on iTunes.

Alyssa Bernal ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’ Video

Alyssa Bernal 'Cali, Cali, Cali' music video

Alyssa Bernal, recently discovered from YouTube by super-star producer Pharrell, has released the official music video for her first single ‘Cali, Cali, Cali’. The song is available now on iTunes as part of her new EP, and will be featured on the singer-songwriter’s Star Trak Records debut ‘In Love Again For the First Time’, due out early next year. Watch the Wong Fu Productions directed video via Vevo below.

Alyssa Bernal Boston And New York City Tour Highlights

Alyssa Bernal

Alyssa Bernal posted a recap of her shows in Boston and New York City opening for Lifehouse on the Smokes and Mirrors Tour. Alyssa introduced her bandmates were seen first hanging out backstage before they were seen performing her debut single ‘Cali Cali Cali’. “I think we did really well for our first gig on tour,” Alyssa said afterward. Next stop was NYC for a show on Sunday (October 17). Watch the highlight clip via YouTube below the cut. (more…)

Alyssa Bernal Follows Justin Bieber’s YouTube Path To Success

Alyssa Bernal spoke with Access Hollywood on the set of her new music video for ‘Cali Cali Cali’, where the young singer songwriter talked about how Pharrell Williams discovered her on YouTube. Alyssa also discussed how she used to keep in contact with another YouTube sensation, Justin Bieber.

Alyssa said Pharrell “actually tried contacting my high school” to get in touch with her. “There’s a music director that I was close with in high school and he actually spoke to him on the phone and he didn’t know who it was. It was Star Trak, the label. He told me about it and I was like who was it, and he didn’t know who it was so he was kind of like, ‘I don’t know. They were weird. I wouldn’t trust them. They were shady.'”

“We used to support each other on YouTube,” Bernal said of the Bieb. “It was like a long time ago and we were both starting out and we had a few of the same covers and he’d comment on mine, ‘Check mine out’ and I’d comment his. I just remember being amazed like, ‘Dude, this kid’s awesome!'”

Watch the segment below.

Alyssa Bernal Opening For Lifehouse On Fall U.S. Tour

Alyssa Bernal

Alyssa Bernal, recently signed to Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak label, is set to join Lifehouse on the road for their fall tour, which kicks off October 15th in Connecticut and will wrap in Oregon at the end of November. “Their song ‘You & Me’ was constantly blasting from my room growing up, I’m pretty sure even my Mom knows the words at this point,” Bernal said. “It’s still beyond my imagination to think that I will be joining them on tour.”

Alyssa Bernal/Lifehouse Tour Dates
October 16 – Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
October 17 – New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
October 20 – Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 23 – Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino & Resort
October 24 – Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
October 26 – Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
October 29 – Springfield, MO O’Reilly Events Center
October 30 – Grant, OK Choctaw Casino
October 31 – Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 2 – Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
November 4 – Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
November 5 – Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
November 8 – Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
November 9 – Saint Louis, MO The Pageant
November 11 – Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
November 12 – West Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
November 14 – Denver, CO Ogden Theater
November 15 – Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
November 16 – Reno, NV Knitting Factory
November 18 – Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheater
November 20 – Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
November 21 – San Francisco, CA Nob Hill Masonic Center
November 23 – Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
November 24 – Portland, OR Roseland Theater

Alyssa Bernal ‘Hey Love’ Performance

Alyssa Bernal visited the Popstar! offices to reveal three things fans may not know about her and to perform her song ‘Hey Love’. Watch it via YouTube below.