Trisha Alicia - BIO Singer, Spoken Word Artist, and Songwriter
Precision, divine timing, and will…
Will, the one thing that enables us to freely make a choice about Christ, is the machine that helps motivate Trisha Alicia demonstrated early on by her will to survive as a 24-week premature baby—she was born in the sac literally dead, and it took approximately three months in the NICU before she made weight to go home. This was her very first testimony of conquering the first phase of her life, which set the stage for her future in gospel music.
Schooled in engineering before entering the music industry, Trisha earned a B.S. degree in Engineering & Management, focusing in Chemical Engineering, from Clarkson University in Potsdam NY. She held several positions as an engineer for major companies. And even though she was doing quite well in her career, she was always obedient, and open to follow God’s direction. “When God moves in your life, and presents an opportunity,” states Trisha, “We have to walk with boldness in faith, to the unknown space that He’s prepared for us.”
In Nashville, she sharpened her rhythm-and-word (spoken word) skills and continued to write songs for a local gospel group. She has overcome tremendous odds, beating statistics that say she shouldn’t be the woman she is today. Speaking from experience, she creates direct and gripping lyrics and melodies that cut through traditional gospel sounds, and stereotypes on how music “should” sound. Music that will soon be revealed on her upcoming studio effort, “Pieces.” But this feat did not come easy. She had to be still and know before she could accept what was in store for her.
“The more I began to rely totally on God (in new ways), I saw the paths he was opening up in music. My life sort of resembled the story of Elijah when he was hiding in the cave, lamenting to God about being the only prophet left in Israel (that they wanted to kill). God said “stand before me,” and a wind tears the mountain, then an earthquake, then a fire, but God wasn’t in any of it. God showed up in a low whisper. There was a lot of activity in my life, but the path that was not shouting at me, was the path I was to take. After transitioning away from industry, I spent a year organizing, writing and recording. Now it’s time to release the music that Christ has given me to the people it will reach.”
Even though I was never too crazy in college, I knew that the way God was prothlesized in my dorms and such just wasn’t “hitting” for me. I didn’t think anything of WHY I had that feeling. I didn’t yet understand that this was part of learning my own salvation. After graduating, working for a little bit and moving to a different region of the US, I was in a church that I was active in, but I was going through the motions. I would study but the dots weren’t “connecting” into making me a bold believer for Christ. While some people who were active like me could live double lives (turn up then come to church on Sunday), I wanted God to be more real. That realization happened after I went through a relationship that turned abusive (physical/mental/emotional). The abuser was a psychiatrist, so it was a deep recovery process that had God woven in every successful step. I wrote a lot through the process, and named the collection “Letters To My Future.” I share it with women that I think can benefit from it, who may be in, or have come out of, similar situations. In this process of learning my salvation, I began to finish Christian songs that I started a long time ago. I began to see things differently than other Christians around me, and I wrote my first Christian spoken word piece, “If God had a Classroom.”
I was asked to be the administrator of my church, which, between the group, being active in the choir and being part of other ministries, I started to look for ways to speak the language of the Gospel, in ways that people who were like me (who I used to be), could relate to. Being the church admin you get so many DIFFERENT people who come into the office and have to be extremely sensitive to God’s people and to what God is trying to have YOU do. Sometimes it’s, "get a tissue and listen." Other times it’s to be a quick thinker and respond to a problem. My love for the word was fanned as I began to study the scripture for my personal and planted growth. I say planted because I was growing at the church and needed to become more grounded for myself in the scripture. At first, many couldn’t understand how I could speak their language, because of their preconceived notions of me. But as we began to share the changes that Christ had done in our lives, they began to see that I wasn’t that different, and I began to see that God was penning a new volume in the story of my life. Then I got an opportunity to be the worship leader for a season and that was tremendous.
The tipping point occurred when I was led to financially sow a specific amount. It was a challenge to prove to myself who my source was – not my job, nor my own talents. That action began a huge swirl that led me to doing music. My job had several large assignments that came my way and an opportunity to change states for a promotion. I felt that God was not in any of those. The more I began to rely totally on him (in new ways), I saw the paths he was opening up in music. My life sort of resembled the story of Elijah when he was hiding in the cave, lamenting to God about being the only prophet left in Israel (that they wanted to kill). God said “stand before me,” and a wind tears the mountain, then an earthquake, then a fire, but God wasn’t in any of it. God showed up in a low whisper. There was a lot of activity in my life, but the path that was not shouting at me was the path I was to take. After transitioning away from industry, I spent a year organizing, writing and recording. Now it’s time to release the music that Christ has given me to the people it will reach.
Trisha’s debut album, “Pieces,” with music featuring Canton Jones and Antonio Neal, is full of urban, contemporary Christian songs and spoken word that boasts declarations of what God is doing, for those committed to trusting in Him. From the intro, a short piece that gives a grounding of who she is and why the project was necessary, to the title track, “Pieces”—The story of Trisha and another woman who, despite setbacks come to Christ and say take my pieces and make them into something beautiful--this project is sure to please. This creative body of work takes the listener on an inspirational ride. Other songs also include, “Gold Rags,” “Jesus You’re There,” “Promises,” “You Told Me,” “Everyone,” and “He Loves Me” as well as, the clever spoken word piece, “Heart Song,” illustrating what the bible says about Christ knowing us from the beginning of time. Since he knew us, that means we also knew him, spiritually. But when we got to earth, because of sin, we couldn’t quite remember his voice. Salvation is how we return to the voice that we’ve always known. “This is my heart song that I’ve been singing since forever…forgot the lyrics but I still know the melody”
When asked, what she wants people to take away from her project?, she answers emphatically, “I want people to see God more deeply, more richly and perhaps, even more adequately. He’s given us so much that we let life persuade us not to chase. I want those who experience the project to feel like they see God differently than before—to feel hopeful and maybe even more creative! We all have gifts that Christ wants to manifest more powerfully. “
Intelligent, beautiful, and creative with a huge personality and quirky sense of humor, Trisha Alicia is creating a niche, and becoming a mainstay in the music industry, one lyric at a time.