Art Direction & Styling: Jet B Olivia / Photography: Leslie Van Stelten
Please Be True is a celebration of life and how finding happiness in a sometimes overwhelming unforgiving world is perhaps what soul searching is all about.
Alyssa wrote the 11-tracks presented on her sophomore release and in them we travel effortlessly with her as she explores life with new eyes and in new frequencies. Her debut LP, Use As Needed (2009) had Alyssa compared to artists such as Janis Ian and Natalie Merchant. In this work, Ms. Jayson found a bigger kind of love, and as a result she emerged more confident; and her voice grew stronger.
Produced and Engineered by Multi-Platinum record producer, Philip A Jimenez (Wheatus, Beat Radio, NY Lights) at Milkhouse Studios in Huntington, NY. Jimenez says, "Working on Please Be True with Alyssa was like creating a collage of emotions, musical textures, melodies, and revelations in an environment of pure creativity with a best friend.”
The album's title track quickly immerses listeners into Alyssa’s textured journey which continues to be explored throughout. By featuring unconventional, live recorded instruments such as: the Irish Cittern, Sitar and Tuba. The sound of these unique instruments is the defining thread throughout the album.
Alyssa says “ I wanted the CD to reflect my feelings. No matter where you are - pick up an instrument - play, sing, shake some shells and get into living!”
Producer Philip Jimenez sums it up and adds "I'm very proud of the work we did, the resulting album of catchy heartfelt songs frames Alyssa's soulful voice perfectly.”