Meet Alus, a fiery pop singer, songwriter, and straight up rebel who knows being an independent artist requires a lot of hard work, though she makes it look easy. The New Jersey-based artist gives off major 90s vibes, with Madonna and Mariah Carey being major influences on her. From the studio mic to Madison Square Garden, Alus is sharing some insights she's gained during her career and letting us know what's up next for the pop star.
Q: What's the story behind your new release 'Girls'?
Girls is a song about female empowerment. To me, it represents myself as well as a lot of other women I'm sure. The lyric "All the good girls are bad girls that haven't been caught" speaks volumes when you talk about that other side of ourselves as women. I feel like "good" girls know what I mean because I am one of them. A lot of times we get mistaken for being a "good" girl when really that's just the way the world sees us because they haven't caught the other sides of our character.
Q: Who in the music industry - past and present - are your greatest influences?
I look up to icons. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Prince.. just to name a few. The list is limitless. Anyone who is or was great at what they do and was a trailblazer you can learn something from. Study the greats before you to learn the secrets of being great.
Q: What advice do you have for new artists trying to break into the industry?
Perfect your craft and STAY READY so you don't have to get ready. You can't cheat hard work.
Q. What's the coolest place you've ever performed?
Madison Square Garden to a sold out audience singing the national anthem. I've been fortunate enough to sing there on numerous occasions and every time I hear my voice echo through the arena, I feel like a little girl whose dreams are coming true. The irony of it all is I used to sing the anthem at my high school games sometimes to a large crowd, and sometimes to barely anyone. I was just happy to sing at all. It really feels full circle when I get the opportunity to sing at The Garden.
Q. What's next for Alus?
For the entire year of 2020, I have been releasing a new song every single week. There's more new music for the end of this year and new visuals coming out all 2021. I'm excited to show the Alus Army what I've been working on. I'm blessed that they are with me on this journey to the top. I'm not stopping and they know that.