Surprised by the siege of compliments she got from friends and audience members, Alyssa began vocal lessons and went directly back into the studio to record, 'Closed eyes… …open Heart,' a 7-song LP that was released 3 months later, this time adding some acoustic tracks to her first EP's pop/country style. That October, Alyssa was forced to stop her vocal training because she lacked the funds to continue them. To lift her spirits and encourage her growth as a musician, she was given a classical guitar from world famous classical guitarist as well as close family friend, Pepe Romero. He also gave Alyssa her first lesson and she has been self-taught ever since.
In less than a year Jacey had performed at almost every acoustic venue in San Diego at least once, as well as celebrated her 100th gig in August of 2006, 7 months after 'The Soul,' EP was released, this time calling her genre, "pop/soul." By the end of 2007, Alyssa had accomplished a lot; a live CD was put out in November ('AJ Live!'), her music in constant rotation on multiple Internet radio stations throughout the US, European countries were purchasing her albums off her website, she had performances and interviews lined up on local TV stations and had gigged up and down the coast of CA and even out of state. This year she opened for Bushwalla, Scott Russo, Ernie Halter, Paula Cole, Angel Taylor, Meiko and Jack Tempchin. Currently she is in the studio recording her first full-length album to be released later this year. You can catch Alyssa at the Belly Up Tavern on August 30th, doors 3pm, Alyssa Jacey Band at 5pm.
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