SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Alisa Chirco does not like to sing around the house, but she has no trouble performing in front of a crowd.
Alisa, 19, of Shelby Township, will be heading into her sophomore year at Oakland University as a music major this fall; she will also be launching “A Better Me,” her first full-length original CD, next month.
For the CD release party, Alisa will perform at the Macomb Music Theatre — formerly the Emerald Theatre — in Mount Clemens Aug. 3.
Some of her earliest memories involve her passion.
“I just remember singing to my dog,” Alisa said, laughing. “I was always into (singing); I just never did it. I was too shy.”
She said she didn’t begin singing seriously until choir in sixth grade and began performing solos when she was 13 years old.
From there, Alisa began performing in school musicals and extracurricular community theater productions.
“I think my parents thought, ‘OK, she’s pretty good. Maybe we should do something with this,” she said. With additional voice coaching, she said her voice gained two octaves, and she learned better techniques and control.
Putting out a CD was not something she had anticipated before seeking out local musician and producer Gia Warner for advice concerning her singing and schooling almost two years ago.
“The day I met her, the first 20 minutes, we were pretty much working together,” Alisa said. “She asked me to sing for her, and I sang … and she looked at my parents and she was like, ‘I want to produce for her.’”
Since then, Alisa has worked with Warner on “A Better Me.” The process involved networking with songwriters, including one who worked with Katy Perry and Hilary Duff; listening to demo tapes; choosing songs; memorizing the words; and perfecting the notes.
Alisa said the CD, which features 10 original songs, is all around the spectrum of pop, from ballads to high-energy dance numbers.
Her parents, Paul and Denise Chirco, created the record label Bella Voce for the CD, which means “beautiful voice” in Italian. Alisa is 75 percent Italian.
“I just want her happy,” Denise said. “She is not the math-science person like her brother and sister; she’s more artistic, although the other two are very musical, too. … This one just took it to the next level. All she loves is music. She has an ear for it. She has the talent.”
Alisa said she gets really nervous until she steps on stage. Then, she feels comfortable and knows that singing is what she wants to do. As for her future, the teen said she is concentrating most of her efforts on the CD and will see what happens.
For more information about Alisa Chirco, visit www.alisachirco.com.
The Macomb Music Theatre is located at 31 North Walnut St. in Mount Clemens. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert begins at 7 p.m. with special guest and opening act Pato Margetic. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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