With a penchant for belting it out and telling it like it is, VISSIA [VISS-ee-yuh] lets her prairie upbringing and no-nonsense attitude come through in her skillful, honest songwriting and powerful voice. As fresh and crisp as Alberta mountain dew, yet as tastefully gritty as the rocks it falls on, VISSIA's sound will grab you by the ears and punch you in the heart.
Music studies began at an early age with piano, voice and guitar, culminating in a growing interest toward songwriting. From the year 2000 to 2010, VISSIA played in an original country/folk-pop trio, the Vissia Sisters, with her two sisters. Career highlights for the young band included a Canadian Country Music Week Showcase (2004), two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations (2006 and 2007), performances at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, a tour in Japan, and the independent release of four studio recordings.
Based in Edmonton, VISSIA has been building an audience around Canadian music clubs and festival stages since her solo debut in 2011 (A Lot Less Gold; November 2011). She has had the pleasure of sharing stages with artists Gretchen Peters, Del Barber, Lindi Ortega, Whitehorse, Russel de Carle, Matt Anderson, The Skydiggers, and Harry Stinson. Her performances have included stages at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (2013), Canmore Folk Music Festival (2013), Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival (2014), as well as hundreds of tour dates across Canada from coast to coast.
VISSIA has been featured on CBC Radio 2 Canada Live! (2012), and on CKUA Radio Network's TransCanada West live music series (2015). In 2016 VISSIA became the voice and face of ATB Financial's "ATB Listens" campaign, and kicked off 2017 with a five-week residency at the renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
VISSIA releases her next full-length album in September 2017, recorded and co-produced by Emily Bachynski at BitterNorth Studio (Edmonton, AB), and mixed by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Del Barber, The David Wax Museum).