How exactly did you get started?
When I was little, I was like four years old when I first started doing musical theatre. Music’s been in my blood. My grandma was a violinist. She went to Julliard [and] used to play with The Rat Pack. My dad is a drummer and trumpeter […] Around 11 [years old] I started training classically at opera and my voice and then on piano and soft top guitarist.
…on auditioning for Water Music Publishing
I was auditioning everywhere all throughout High School. I would take the bus into New York City and I would bring my headshots and resume and I would say ‘Hey I’m Alus come check me out, let me sing for you.’ I would sing for everybody. I came across an audition for Water Music Publishing … the first thing they asked me was ‘How much do you weigh’ and I’m like ‘Why do you want to know that, that’s rude!’ They said, because ‘you need to lose some weight’ and I said ‘hmm… ouch’ but I took it as constructive, because that’s the way it is. I lost weight and I was in [Artist Development] for a year and I lost 35 lbs.
Ohhh, wow, okay!
Yeah, so I did some work. I lost 35lbs and I did some work with them and I was in development and now I’m getting out and I’m showing my music to people. We’re talking to record labels and its going really good right now.
That’s funny you mention the weight loss. I saw a picture on Facebook with you on the treadmill in stilettos.
Did you see that? [LAUGHS] We put the development part on Facebook because we want people to see that it’s not that easy. You don’t see people who walk down the street and look like Rihanna every day. There’s a journey.
I did think that was pretty cool
Yes, this way, I’m like ‘You can see it.’
It’s like I’m living through your journey as well.