Written by Breanne Gibb.
BYU-Idaho student Alyssa Lemmon broke the mold as a typical college student in Rexburg when she became a professionally recorded musician.
Lemmon, a senior studying fine arts, has recorded and released an album on iTunes and has been featured on several other albums of multiple professional musicians.
In 2015, Ben Howington, known as Mormon Guitar, asked Lemmon to sing on his album, Tune My Heart, found at Deseret Book. Later that year in September, Lemmon and a friend were asked to open for T-Pain at the Chill Fest music festival in Utah, receiving more exposure than ever before.
As a young musician, Lemmon has caught the attention of professional artists and requested by some of them to collaborate with them.
One of these artists was her producer Randy Slaugh, a record producer, song writer and arranger. He has won several awards for his work, including Best Metal Album given by the Rolling Stone.
“Alyssa’s my most favorite singer ever,” said Preston Pugmire, a full time musician in Rexburg who tours colleges in the U.S. and sung on Lemmon’s EP. I love her for her incredible ability to control her vocals.”
Lemmon said she tries to offer inspiration to her audience through her music. She said the message she hopes to give listeners with her album, Weightless, is when depression sets in or if there is something holding you down or back, just let go of it.
“Once you let go all of all your fears and all the anxiety, your spirit feels weightless and free,” Lemmon said.
Lemmon started with music at a young age, acting and singing in musical theatre as a child.
Performing on the grand stages of Broadway was her fantasy as an 11-year-old, when she starred as the main character in the musical Annie.
Lemmon said high school choir proved her gift for a unique sound as she tried to blend in with everyone else. Lemmon said she realized how much she disliked it and decided to refuse to conform her voice to the restraints of choir music. She wanted to chase after her own style.
Lemmon said that during her junior year of high school she found a job and began saving for guitar lessons.
“It was the one thing I wanted to save money for,” Lemmon said.
She said her dad is also musically talented and was an idol to her growing up. It was his influence that made her first want to learn the guitar.
“When I first started playing guitar, I played on his,” Lemmon said. “Then, I bought an old crappy guitar from (Deseret Industries), and that was my guitar that I used for a while. Then, a year ago for my birthday, he gave me his nice, beautiful, electric, acoustic guitar.”
Lemmon said she has branched out and developed some of her other talents aside from music and has turned them into more than just hobbies. She said her interest in photography led her to become a professional wedding photographer, which gave her the opportunity to travel the country in 2015 for her work.
Lemmon said she also has great interest in graphic design, as it is her emphasis in school. All of the pictures used for her album were designed by her. Lemmon hopes to intern as a graphic designer in New York after she graduates.
Lemmon said she hopes to record another album sometime soon.
Pugmire said he has tremendous confidence in her abilities.
“Her music will go as far as she wants to take it,” Pugmire said.
Lemmon said it is easy to get caught up in life and school, which makes it difficult to do the things she is passionate about.
However, she said she makes sure to remember the things that bring her joy in life, by creating various kinds of her favorite art.
“You can do everything,” Lemmon said.