Alisha Powell grew up in a musical family and began playing piano and singing at a very young age. She made the move to Kansas City in 1998, before the start of IHOP, from a small town in Southwest Kansas. Having been an intern at the church Mike Bickle was pastoring at the time, she was able to witness the formation of the House of Prayer as it took place. She remembers, "I knew that was something I would like to do but never dreamed it would actually be a possibility." A month before it began, she was invited to be a part of the first IHOP internship, and through that experience the desire in her heart grew to be involved in the house of prayer long-term. Today, after nine years, she is still going strong in the place of prayer.
Alisha has been inspired by many worship leaders over the past twenty years, including those in Vineyard Music, as well as many of IHOP's worship leaders like Carol Hall and Pablo Perez. She also has a love for gospel, R&B, latin, and jazz, and tastes of each of these are often found interwoven in her music. For her, song creation is very much a natural development out of the place of prayer, "For me songwriting mostly entails taking a musical idea or chorus from a session I do at the house of prayer and further developing that musical idea, or taking a passage we are studying as a team and writing a song off of that." Since much of the worship created at IHOP involves singing Biblical passages, her songs are deeply founded on the Word.
Alisha longs to grow in the spirit of prophecy through singing, "to see people set free by the Word of the Lord coming forth from the singers and musicians." Her desire is to write music that conveys the majesty of God and the beauty of Jesus, and she desires that this message would go forth in the nations through worship, prayer, and proclamation. She currently serves as a worship leader, section leader, and teacher during the Prayer Room's NightWatch, from midnight to 6AM.