Local country music singer-songwriter Alyssa May will be performing from 7 – 9:30 p.m. March 3 in a free concert on the outdoor patio at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Friendswood.
May, 22, is from Pearland and is the great-niece of late folk singer-songwriter Jean Ritchie, who penned tunes for Johnny Cash, as well as Dolly Parton’s girl group, Trio. May intends to continue Ritchie’s legacy through her own songwriting achievements.
She is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as well as the performance organization ASCAP.
Her debut EP Alyssa May was released in October 2015, which features the NSAI publisher nominated song “So Done.”
The five-song album is available for purchase and streaming on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and other music platforms.
May has been a part of the YouTube community since 2009 and has since received over half a million views on her videos combined.
In 2011, she was the winner of Pearland Parks and Recreation’s Let Freedom Sing competition where she sang the national anthem at the beginning of the Independence Day activities at Pearland High School’s stadium, The Rig. Later that year, May had the opportunity to sing live on Fox 26 for talk show host Wendy Williams.
May studied vocal performance and composition for two years and is now finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She is also currently writing new music and planning to seek out more opportunities in the music business.
Her website is alyssamaymusic.com and her social media sites are under the handle @AlyssaMayMusic.
Dunn Brothers Coffee is located at 201 S. Friendswood Drive in Friendswood.
“With so much local talent in this area, Dunn Brothers Coffee has become known as a spot where they can shine. We have hosted locals who are recognized nationally, like Friendswood’s own Scott Mulvahill, (in the Ricky Skaggs band), Campfire Soul, Tommy Lewis & Market Junction,” Benette Rowley, general manager, said. “Our Open Mic on Tuesdays have highlighted such talents as Bruce Courtney, Dustin Prinz, Radio Springs, Alex Rudd, Clayton Senter and Alyssa May.”
Story by Karolyn Gephart