New album “Nighswonger Sings Nilsson” out March 30!
About Alyssandra Nighswonger
Alyssandra is the daughter of two perfectly pointed parents who fell in love in Solvang, CA, and is really just on a mission to craft a life that lives up to a name like Alyssandra Nighswonger.
Alyssandra has a love for her community and an obsession with whimsical projects. She hosted an Open Mic at Viento y Agua Coffee House for 10 years. She collaborated with Long Beach music acts, The Dovelles, Lucky Penny, Ellen Warkentine and the Balboa Amusement Company Orchestra. In 2012, she embarked on a 1,450-mile music-tour by bicycle down the West Coast from Seattle, WA to Long Beach, CA. She hosted a series of multi-media Vaudeville Spectaculars.
She also has a secret talent where she can sing like a chicken, but she has to get to know you better first.
Monte Bre Records
Alyssandra co-founded Monte Bre Records with her boyfriend, George Madrid. Monte Bre Records is a small record label setting out to do a series of digital and physical releases of independent musicians in Long Beach and beyond.
George named Monte Bre Records after a very special place to his family. His great, great, great, great grandfather moved to Cali, Colombia from Monte Bre, Switzerland. In Cali, he built a magnificent castle-like home, where generations of George's family grew up.
Monte Bre Records is all about community and creating their own little castle for local music to grow. George comes from a background in music management and Alyssandra comes from a background of showcasing local talent at her Open Mic. Together, they will choose a collection of songs to produce and share them with the world in a series of digital and physical releases.
An artist, too? Sounds sketchy to me!
Besides being a musical artist, Alyssandra also sketches, paints, crafts and creates with whatever she can get her hands on. Many moons ago, she even worked at Disneyland as a street artist as a name painter.
She is also advocate for local artists. She worked for Dear Handmade Life as an event coordinator for the Patchwork show and Craftcation conference. Now she works day job as the merchandise specialist at the Catalina Island Museum, where she is passionate about stocking the store with well-crafted and locally made items.
You can search through Alyssandra's art on Instagram with the hashtag #artbyalyssandra