Alicia Rosa is an up-and-coming artist from the city of Chicago to keep your eyes on. Within minutes of getting to know her you will see a talent, passion and determination that surpasses that of other artists. Her exuberant personality has rendered responses such as those of Kendra Correa-Brady, a freelance reporter who has said of Alicia, “You’re real. You’re beautiful. But damn, you’re crazy!”.
This description of Alicia isn’t far off the mark. Whether it’s beating guys in competitive wrestling matches or staring as a contestant on the 24th season of Survivor, the longest running reality T.V. show, she shows no qualms about going after what she wants.
Since Alicia was old enough to speak, she has demonstrated a vocal ability that has continued to impress audiences across an array of musical styles. She first began entertaining audiences at her elementary school, starring in plays and talent shows. Her first appearance on television was singing ‘How Do I Live’ on a talent show entitled S.T.A.G.E (Stand Tall and Get Excited). In 2000, she won the Albertina Walker scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to attend Sherwood Music Academy and receive professional vocal instruction. A few years later, she was named the runner up in the ‘Miss Puerto Rico’ Pageant.
However, she doesn’t only excel on stage. She has excelled throughout her academic career as well. She has consistently stood at the top of her class and was the first in her family to obtain a Masters Degree. She graduated in 2009 from Loyola University with a degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Masters of Arts and Teaching in Special Education from National Louis University.
She has taught in Chicago Public Schools and founded ‘Pretty Face’, a program that was established to instill confidence and build self-esteem through workshops in makeup application.
Throughout her life, she has encountered her fair share of heartache, adversity and opposition. Amidst the challenges, she has relied of the invaluable wisdom of her parents and has refused to relent in the pursuit of her dreams.
She values the therapeutic nature of laughter and while she secretly wishes she were a comedian, she recognizes that stand-up may not be in her near future and instead attempts to make people laugh through other means. (If you’re not following her on Twitter, there is something wrong with you.)
To date, Alicia continues to use her soulful voice to connect with her audience, singing songs that are both emotional and relatable. She currently is a singer for Purple Elephant Productions and is in the process of working on her first solo album.