laryssPop and R&B vocalist LaRyss has been making musical waves in Los Angeles. She confidently covers the beloved “Queen of Tejano,” Selena Quintanilla’s, “I Could Fall In Love.” Only accompanied by a speaker and her voice, she does the legend justice.  At 21-years-old, the songstress’s makeup highlight is as bright as her future. Still on a high from New York Fashion Week, LaRyss talks style, singing, and forthcoming success.
Wow! You covered Selena beautifully. How did your journey begin?
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I’d say I walked out of the womb singing. [Laughs] I never wanted to do anything else. When I was a little girl I always said, “I want to be a singer! I want to be a famous singer.”  Now, it’s a dream to be in Hollywood singing for a living. The fame is a totally different ballgame – once you know what it entails. I began pursuing my artist career after high school. If I could not sing, I would be working in fashion. It is my second passion! I was accepted into FIDM, the fashion institute in Los Angeles. To my surprise, my parents supported my musical aspirations. I started recording in the studio heavily. I wasn’t excited to leave music for school. I declined admittance.  My mom encouraged me; my father now manages me, instead. Fashion Week was pretty amazing, though!
What’s some of your favorite fashion pieces? Describe your everyday outfit and an ensemble for a night out with your girls.
I do keep up with couture designers. I’m also a huge fan of Balmain! However, you’ll most likely find me wearing half resell thrifts and half Forever 21. [Laughs] It’s funny, I went to an event in LA and they placed my red carpet picture online. They were going crazy over the clutch I was carrying; it was only $3. [Laughs] A night out with girls includes a great contoured face, heels, and my leather jacket. I really love shell toe Adidas, too.
Who are your much-loved fashionistas?
Well, music and fashion go hand-in-hand.  I adore Demi Lovato. She’s so dope! Clearly, I need Jennifer Lopez, she slays it. All her outfits are classic. Dinah from Fifth Harmony looked incredible for the Latina cover shoot. Becky G always dresses funky and cute. I love my Latinas.
Who are your musical muses?
I’ve been exposed to many genres. Growing up Selena, Shakira, and Christina Aguilerawere my three favorite artists. As I got older, I began listening to alternative tunes. I’ve studied Broadway and musical theatre. Right now, I keep up with mainstream artists. I love music that relates closely to mine. My favorites are Bryson Tiller, Kehlani, Demi Lovato and Drake! I’m basically obsessed.
What is next for LaRyss?
I’m releasing my debut album in the spring. The first single “First Place” will be available on iTunes March 1st! All the labels are in LA, so I’m thrilled to be building my brand on my own. Tearing up the streets in NYC has given me pop and R&B inspiration. My music is growing independently. I’m ready to share awesome songs with the world.

By Bianca A. Mercado for Latina

About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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