We had the good fortune of connecting with Ré Alissa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ré, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
One of the most valuable lessons that being an R&B artist has taught me is that nothing is handed to you–even if something is meant for you, the dream doesn’t work unless you do. I spent a lot of the beginning of my time as an artist procrastinating– sitting back and observing those around me trying to decide the best way to me to reach the level I wanted to get to. Once I started applying everything I learned and being consistent, crazy things started happening for me.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I come from a very musical family so a lot of the musical qualities that I possess come naturally. I started singing, playing instruments, and writing songs at a very young age and have been on a musical journey ever since. I’ve always been told that I’m very different artists because of the way that I dress, the sound of my music, my ability to play instruments, the way that I layer vocals, etc. Even though I definitely agree that things set me apart, it was never intentional. I’ve just been myself throughout my entire artistic journey and people cling to that. I’m extremely proud of how far I’ve come and the people I’ve gotten to meet and be noticed by– like JuiceWrld, Bootsy Collins, Babyface, & Toni Braxton. Some of the most challenging things along my journey have been navigating a male-dominated industry as a young black woman, and balancing school and music at the same time. Mainly, I want the world to know that I have worked so incredibly hard to get to where I am. Even if I’m not where I want to be, my ambition, dedication to the dream, and hard work will get me there.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honestly, I haven’t been 21+ for long so I don’t have much for the grown folk aside from a few clubs/lounges I’ve performed at like Baseline and Refuge. But for a casual week(end) I’d hit the touristy stuff first– Lake Shore Drive, Navy Pier, maybe the Bean. You’d definitely have to take the train or bus while you’re in the city too, just for the experience. Then you for sure have to hit the hood favorites to eat– Harold’s or Uncle Reemus’ or the Original Pancake House. One of ym favorite places with a view to eat is the Signature Room at the 95th. If its a nice day , the beach is a must-do. Overall, you’ll have a great time regardless. Chicago is an amazing city with some amazing people. Do everything you can!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother– Shannon Curry. Before she passed away, she set me up on an amazing path for success and I’m still walking on it everyday. For the unconditional love and guidance– I’m forever grateful.

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