Mexia teen signs with local music producer

By Skip Leon
There is a purity about Alysa Carrizales, from the way her voice evokes emotion to the way she talks about her love of music and the joy of singing and connecting with an audience.
One month shy of her 16th birthday, Carrizales was the featured performer Friday at Willie Herring’s Mexia Performing Arts Academy. The Academy occupies the rear portion of a building on Commerce Street that also houses Laser Lux Med Spa.
Carrizales played two original songs and one cover tune and was accompanied by Herring on guitar and Scott Thornton on bass. Herring and Thornton are members of the band Diamondback TX.
The showcase served as a signing party for Carrizales, who signed what Herring termed “an artist-producer contract” with him. It’s designed to give her the experience of being a songwriter she would get if she went to a larger city, but in a more low-pressure environment.
“What that’s gonna entail is she promises to bring in one song a month and we work that song together and record it and release it. It’s a 12-month contract and that’s basically what we’re gonna do,” Herring said.

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