She is the sister of American fiction writer and political commentator, Andrew Foster Altschul. Graham’s grandfather was an Emmy nominated actor and radio personality during “The Golden Age of Radio” most famous for his work on “Gangbusters,” “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” and “Mystery Theater.” In the 1990’s, Graham got her start in music when she and longtime boyfriend and songwriter, Doug Graham, co-founded an Ithaca based psychedelic rock band called Blindman’s Holiday. She and her bandmates were featured in Entertainment Magazine, as one of the best college bands in the country, Relix Magazine and Seventeen Magazine. After 5 years with Blindman’s Holiday, Graham, seeking more of a challenge musically, headed to Boston, MA to study Jazz and contemporary improvisation at the renowned New England Conservatory.
She and long time musical partner, Doug Graham, got married and started performing a mixture of jazz and pop music as a duo in local Boston and New York City clubs like Club Passim and The Bitter End. In 2003, The Graham’s (as they are often referred to) moved back to New York City and immersed themselves in the underground jazz and singer-songwriter scene playing with local musicians at local venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Joe’s Pub and The Cutting Room. Alyssa Graham has released 2 solo albums. The music features a melding of folk, jazz and pop influences and a raw simplicity throughout. On July 25, 2011 Sunnyside Records announced its intention to release the latest outing from Alyssa Graham, The Lock, Stock & Soul EP produced by Grammy winner Craig Street. The 4 song EP was released August 23, on iTunes, with a full-length album forthcoming.
The Lock, Stock & Soul EP was an instant success when iTunes named it one of their "New & Noteworthy" singer-songwriter releases, Paste Magazine praised the EP and highlighted it as one of their "Featured Audio's of the Day," and AOL Spinner chose one of the tracks as their "Featured MP3 of the Day." A full length album is slated for release in January, 2012. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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