VISSIA Press Kit
VISSIA [VISS-ee-yuh] Indie Pop-Rock from Alberta, Canada.
“VISSIA is a Canadian singer and evocative songwriter who swaggers between her rural roots and big city influences with unboisterous confidence that is both rare and spellbinding.”
Alberta-born VISSIA (Alex Vissia) swaggers between her rural roots and big city influences with unboisterous confidence that is both rare and spellbinding. Starting at a young age in sibling folk-country trio, The Vissia Sisters, VISSIA grew up on a steady diet of country, western, bluegrass and folk music. While studying music at MacEwan University in 2011, VISSIA emerged as a solo artist, amalgamating her early influences with a rootsy, jazz-tinged guitar style and soul-infused vocals to deliver carefully crafted, evocative songs. VISSIA’s latest album, Place Holder, landed in November 2017 on her new label, Hurry Hard Records, garnering acclaim from the likes of CBC and No Depression.
VISSIA has shared stages with Jim Bryson, Del Barber, Lindi Ortega, Whitehorse, Russel de Carle, Matt Anderson, and The Skydiggers. Her performances have included stages at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Canmore Folk Music Festival, Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival, hundreds of tour dates across Canada from coast to coast, and at The Great Escape Festival for New Music in Brighton, UK.
“[Place Holder is] an impressive, swaggering way to say hello to a new voice… with a bluesy, adventuresome vibe that makes the songs a must-listen.”
– CBC Key of A
“Place Holder [has] such a timeless quality that you wonder why you haven’t already listened to it… If Kathleen Edwards were a little less sad, or Neko Case a little bit poppier, you’d get VISSIA.”
— No Depression
“VISSIA might be a new name, but she is an old soul who bleeds blues… This is pure rock ‘n’ roll at its finest from an artist who is set to breakout at any moment.”
“Place Holder is a colourful assemblage of VISSIA’s realizations when embracing the unknown. She’s matured graciously as a musician, now uniting her talents and poetic instincts. There’s no question that we’ll be pulling these snapshots out to admire again and again.”
— Canadian Beats
Place Holder LP/CD
Released November 10th, 2017
Hurry Hard Records
3. I Wanted
4. Make Her Stay
5. Night Romancer
6. The Kind of Good
7. Whiskey Walk
8. You Should Be Sleeping
9. You Don't Know Her
All songs written by Alex Vissia.
Produced by Alex Vissia & Emily Bachynski.
Mixed by Sam Kassirer.
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova.
Hurry Hard Records
Place Holder Shortlisted for the 2018 Edmonton Music Prize
All is Bright Festival, November 2018 – Edmonton, AB
Waynestock, August 2018 – Wayne, AB
Wild Oats ‘n’ Notes Festival, June 2018 – Tofield, AB
The Great Escape, May 2018 – Brighton, UK – Showcasing Artist
"You Should Be Sleeping" on rotation with CBC Radio 2 After Dark
"You Don't Know Her" - Honourable mention in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition
"Mountaineer" nominated for Roots/Folk Recording of the Year at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards
Place Holder charted on the NACC 200 for 5 weeks peaking at #142 in its third week
Place Holder charted on Top 30 campus charts across North America at over 30 stations
Top 10 Alberta Albums of 2017 - CBC Key of A
Top 7 Edmonton Bands of 2017 - Gig City
Place Holder album release with Cross-Canada Tour, Fall 2017 25+ dates across Canada from coast to coast
NXNE Showcase, June 19, 2017
Curated by the Rural Alberta Advantage
2017 Edmonton Music Awards Nominee:
ANZU - Stereophonic feat. VISSIA;
DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year
Banff Centre Musician in Residence, Winter 2017
ATB Financial "Resonate" Campaign Featured Performer
Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2013
Canmore Folk Music Festival 2013
Toured hundreds of dates across Canada since 2011
Place Holder - CD/LP: November 10, 2017
I Wanted - single - digital: September 22, 2017
You Should Be Sleeping EP - digital: August 11, 2017
I.O.U. - Single; ANZU ft. VISSIA: March 23, 2017
Resonate - Single; with Ben Spencer: August 25, 2016
Young Love EP - CD/digital: May 24, 2013
A Lot Less Gold - CD/digital: November 10, 2011