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Alisa Amador shares the joy and struggle of being an independent musician on Multitudes

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Alisa Amador joins this edition of Music Journeys. The 2022 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest has crafted a gem with her new album Multitudes. Amador shares the inspiration for many of the songs and shares her struggle with writer's block, depression, and how she almost didn't submit that eventual victorious entry for the Tiny Desk competition. She also delivers some wonderful selections in the listener-favorite segment at the end we call the Fast Five. Thanks for listening.

Alisa Amador bio courtesy of Shore Fire Media

Boston-based bilingual singer-songwriter Alisa Amador has announced her debut album Multitudes, set for release on June 7, 2024 via Thirty Tigers. Known for her “powerful voice whose tender performance commands attention and fosters connection” (NPR), Amador made history with the first-ever Spanish language song to win the Tiny Desk Contest. Now, she emerges with her full-length debut, co-produced by multi-Grammy nominee Tyler Chester and Daniel Radin and featuring recent Grammy Award winners Gaby Moreno and Madison Cunningham, and Quinn Christopherson. The 12-song collection effortlessly moves between English and Spanish over top of lush synthesizers, dreamy guitars and cinematic string arrangements. Multitudes is fierce, raw, and vulnerable, laced with the hope and resilience of a young woman learning to find her voice and stand her ground.

Amador will perform across the US throughout 2024. Announced dates include performances at SXSW and an intimate show at Berlin NYC in Manhattan. Stay tuned for additional dates coming soon and visit

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