Alyssa Nicole Torres was born in Weslaco, Texas. Known as Nikki to her family, she grew up in a humble household with a very supportive family. Alyssa at an early age of nine years old began her musical career. Alyssa participated in competitions for Estudiantina Infantil for two years as well as spending two years in a mariachi. She was influenced at this young age by many members in her family. Alyssa inherited her work ethic from her mother who worked a full time job all while going to school to obtain her degree. Her fathers side of the family is where her musical influence came from as many of them are musicians. One of her closest family influences is her grandfather “Tiny” Torres who played Bass with Los Unicos in the early 70’s. Another is her uncle Roy Torres who not only influenced her in the Tejano genre, but gave her a strong Country influence. Among her family there are many other artists that she credits as her inspirations. Names such as Laura Canales, Elsa Garcia, Lynda V, Norfy Layton, Elida Reyna, Shelly Lares, Ruben Ramos, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Mon Laferte, Bruno Mars, and many others just to mention a few. This helped her vast appreciation for many genres that include everything from Tejano, Rock, Country, R&B, Salsa, Norteno and Christian Gospel.
Growing up and emerging herself in music for a majority of her life led her to eventually starting her own band named Lonesome Rio in 2018. Playing in bars, clubs and many private events, she gained her love for not only music but for performing. In 2021, Alyssa participated in an all female Tejana project entitled Tejanas Unidos en Cristo.
Alyssa's major motivation to make music is due to her belief that music is her support system. She strongly believes that not only musicians but the fans alike attribute to the success of her music. Music that can connect her spiritually with her music influences. Alyssa continues to focus not on trying to please everyone, rather making music that people truly appreciate. Her vision is to always be open minded and stay humble while she makes the music she loves. Although Alyssa dreams of being a well known artist in the music industry, she knows that it is not where you come from, but where your heart is.
When asked about her thoughts on her music, this is what she had to say. “I want to thank my fiance and producer Isaac Riojas for believing in me when I told him I was wanting to pursue a musical career and for putting my dreams into a reality. I also want to thank my family and my friends for their endless support. To my studio engineer at JL Recording, Joe Leal Jr. and to all the musicians who took the time to help bring this vision to life. To all the people who have helped distribute my music and promote it. To the people that said I couldn't do it and turned me down because for every rejection I was eventually redirected to something better. Last but not least, God for all the blessings he has given me. God is greater than the highs and lows Romans 8”38-39