Alyce Metallo

Alyce Metallo

 Washington, Washington, D.C., USA
SoloChristianGospel

/uh-'leece meh-'tah-low/ "I have one word to say about her--ENERGY!" - Stevie Wonder

Biography

The path to soulful pop prominence is often defined by the company one keeps, and in the case of Alyce Metallo, the journey's been riddled with a remarkable collaborative lineage. Though music (particularly playing piano) was in her blood since the tender age of two, the Singer/Songwriter would eventually encounter a series of extraordinary circumstances that paved the way to her full time artistic endeavors. From her earliest professional performances at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University, the College of Fine Arts at Howard University in Washington D.C. (where she earned an Education and Piano degree) or at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain as an exchange student (she is also fluent in Spanish), the young troubadour was blessed with powerful pipes and also developed additionally expressive gifts for writing, performing, arranging and producing.

Along the way, she amassed a plethora of prominent credits, including a choir slot alongside the likes of Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Kenny Rogers at Bill Clinton's inauguration, a return engagement to the White House as a choir director for VH1's Save the Music with John Mellencamp, plus multiple appearances with that same star and Stevie Wonder at School Night (also in the nation's capital). Add in a private performance for Jesse Jackson, Jr., numerous Kennedy Center concerts (alongside Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams, Regina Belle and Richard Smallwood), plus a twelve- date performance tour throughout Europe (with a prestigious "International Song of Peace" Award from Ireland to her credit) and Metallo's earned her artistic stripes with an unflinching commitment to the performance arena.

Even amid such high profile periods, the switch-hitter also balanced her concert schedule with a mission to teach high-schoolers throughout the D.C. area. But, thanks to the continual prodding of her husband and manager Walter Metallo, plus their Creative Arts Pastor Marty McCall (from the critically-acclaimed act First Call) and Grammy-Award-winning producer friend Fletch Wiley (Andrae Crouch), she eventually dove deep into a solo career, anchored by a recently released self-titled CD.

"It's all been a very natural transition for me," the charismatic singer says of her tremendous career evolution. "I'd spent so many years writing and arranging for my students and always getting them ready for shows, so, that helped me see that this is really what I'm supposed to be doing."

Besides support from her home base, Metallo's self-titled album sessions were also birthed out of prayer and praise, resulting in her desire to pursue excellence to the utmost extent. Despite an independent ranking, the project's packaging (and most importantly the songs themselves) easily rival the major label level, yielding a slick sonic hybrid that falls somewhere in between Roberta Flack, Oleta Adams, Anita Baker, Alicia Keys, Rachael Lampa, and Natalie Grant.

"If stars like Jennifer Lopez or Celine Dion have one ounce of something, they work that ounce until it's 1000% maximized," she states. "How much more should musicians in ministry be successful with what God has given us?” she states. “I want to personally maximize my potential and give God all I can. I pray that my ministry continues to be cultivated and I look at this record as a building block 

The Alyce Metallo/Anthony Myers (Natalie Wilson, Donell Jones, Usher) produced project is replete with ten relevant, original illustrations, from the stirring introduction of "Stay" to the joyful "Mourning Into Dance" and the friendship-based "Sisters In Christ," plus the completely one-of-a-kind covers "Blessed Assurance (My Story)" and "I'll Fly Away." No matter what the message, Metallo draws inspiration straight out of the Bible, and presents her observations in a relatable and seeker-friendly light.

"The one thread that ties all these songs together is the fact that they're all inspired by Scripture," the tunesmith confirms. "As Christians, sometimes we don't really know the Bible like we should; and these songs will certainly have a place with believers, but, they also present the idea of a personal relationship with Christ to non-believers and the world at large."

As has been her tradition throughout the past decade plus, Metallo will let her listeners judge for themselves on an extensive outing appropriately dubbed the Alyce Metallo Album Tour. While her original tunes will be a bulk of the focus, each evening also features worship selections with just enough time left over for storytelling (and she certainly has plenty to talk about!)

"I‘ve got to just keep plugging away," she promises of her God-ordained calling. "It’s very important that I use my performance ministry to spread God’s message to as many people as possible. No matter what background you come from, the alb

Lyrics

Blessed Assurance

Written By: Alyce Metallo/Fanny Crosby

VERSE 1
Blessed assurance Jesus is mine
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His Blood

CHORUS
This is my story
This is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

VERSE 3
Perfect submission, perfect delight
Visions of rapture now burst in my sight
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

CHORUS
This is my story
This is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

VERSE 4
Perfect submission all is at rest
I, in my Savior, am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

CHORUS
This is my story
This is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

©2007

Dive In!

Written By: Alyce Metallo/Anthony Myers

PRECHORUS
Relax, just trust
Don't doubt God's love
He will take you where you need to go
But you're gonna have to

CHORUS
Dive in, take the plunge
'Cause you'll never find another love like His
Go on, give it a try
Hold your breath and dive in!
Dive in, go for broke
Put your hand in His hand and
off you go
Go on, give it a try
Hold your breath and dive in

Paradise

Written By: Alyce Metallo

Paradise
“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’”
–Luke 23:42-43

“However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’ but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit”.
-I Corinthians 2:9-10

1
The God who made the heavens
is still seated on the throne
Watching over His people and caring for His own;
caring for His own
He sent His Son to prepare for us
a place beyond the skies
And one day we will be with Him

PRECHORUS
In Paradise, oh, in Paradise
Oh, in Paradise, in Paradise

CHORUS
Eyes have not seen
Ears have not heard
No earthly mind can conceive
what God has in store
For those who are faithful
For those who believe
For those, for those, for those
For those who love the Lord

2
We’ll spend every waking moment of every never-ending day
Joining with the angels
singing songs of praise
singing songs of praise
No sickness, no diseases
And no tears to fill our eyes
Only laughter and glad rejoicing

PRECHORUS
In Paradise, oh, in Paradise
Oh, in Paradise, in Paradise

CHORUS
Eyes have not seen
Ears have not heard
No earthly mind can conceive
what God has in store
For those who are faithful
For those who believe
For those, for those, for those
For those who love the Lord

CHORUS
Eyes have not seen
Ears have not heard
No earthly mind can conceive
what God has in store
For those who are faithful
For those who believe
For those, for those, for those
For those who love the Lord

©2007

The Promise

Written By: Alyce Metallo

The Promise
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:20b

VERSE 1
Though sometimes you feel alone
I’m right here by your side
I know you think that I’ve forgotten
But, you are always on my mind, this I promise

CHORUS
I will never leave you lonely,
I promise
I don’t wanna see you sad,
I promise
You’ll always be my one and only,
I promise
This I promise

VERSE 2
I’m here to light the path
When you just can’t see your way
Said, I’m here to lift your load
When you think it’s more than you can take
This I promise

CHORUS

BRIDGE
If you will look to me,
if you will reach for me
I will not leave you lonely
Just put your faith in me
and you will see
Oh, if you will search for me,
find what you need in me
I will not leave you wanting
I’ll be right here by your side always and forever more
This I promise

CHORUS
I will never leave you lonely,
I promise
I don’t wanna see you sad,
I promise
You’ll always be my one and only,
I promise
This I promise

VAMP
Never, never, never
Never will I leave you alone
Never, never, never
Never will I leave you

©2007

No Song Without You

Written By: Alyce Metallo

No Song Without You
VERSE 1
I thought I knew the lyric
But for some reason
I couldn’t sing the line
I thought I knew the rhythm
But for some reason
I couldn’t keep in time

PRECHORUS
Lord God, help me see
when there’s too much of me standing in the way
When Your music tries to play

CHORUS
Jesus, You are the melody
It’s only by Your grace
that I can sing along
Now, I can lift my voice
to sing in harmony, yeah
But, without You there’s no song

VERSE 2
I thought I knew the music
But for some reason
I couldn’t remember how to play
And I thought I knew the song
But for some reason
it didn’t sound the same

PRECHORUS

CHORUS

BRIDGE
There’s no song
without You moving in my life
And there’s no song
without Your presence by my side
And there’s no song
without You in my heart
Without You in my soul,
Precious Lord of All, help me see the truth-- that I only shine in You

CHORUS
Jesus, You are the melody
And by Your grace, I can sing along
Now, I can lift my voice
to sing in harmony, yeah
But, without You there’s no song
You know, I can lift my voice
to sing in harmony, yeah
But without You,
there’s no song
No, no, no, no song

©2007

Love Song (The Atheist Song)

Written By: Alyce Metallo

Love Song

VERSE 1
I could not believe in a God
I couldn’t see
Let alone ask You to live in my heart
And I could not believe
You’d send Your Son to die for me
Let alone, that you could change my life

PRECHORUS
But in that dark part of my soul,
I felt the tears as they began to roll
Somehow I knew that something was missing
Then in the stillness of the night,
I heard Your love song in my mind
I heard it, You sang it, You sang it, You said

CHORUS
Your love for me
was bigger than I ever dreamed
Your love for me is
deeper than the deepest sea, yeah
Your love for me
is bigger than I ever dreamed
Bigger than I ever needed a love to be

VERSE 2
Pretending to go on, yeah,
on the outside looking strong
But on the inside
dying more every day
I called You and I waited,
then said “this prayer thing is overrated” because You
didn’t answer my call

PRECHORUS
But in that dark part of my soul,
I felt the tears as they began to roll
Somehow I knew that something was missing
Then in the stillness of the night,
I heard Your love song in my mind
Now, my heart sings, it’s singing, it’s singing, it sings

CHORUS
Your love for me
is bigger than I ever dreamed
Your love for me is
deeper than the deepest sea, yeah
Your love for me
is bigger than I ever dreamed
Bigger than I ever needed a love to be

TAG
Bigger than I ever needed a love to be
Bigger than I ever needed a love to be

©2007

One Breath Away

Written By: Alyce Metallo

VERSE 1
“There ain’t nothin’ wrong with grievin’.”
That’s what my Daddy said to me
When Momma’s passin’ left us drownin’ in a sea of tears

VERSE 2
He said “Child, you know there ain’t no harm in feelin’
Death can take you by surprise
Now, you can shake your fists and curse the light of day
Or you can just let me dry your eyes
Let me dry your eyes because

CHORUS
Girl, your Momma is just one breath away
In that city beyond the stars
I know that sounds so far
Girl, your Momma is livin’ in a better place
In that city beyond the stars, your Momma is not so far
Just one breath away.”

VERSE 3
“Now, there ain’t nothing wrong with cryin’
When you lose someone you love
And if they’re everything you’ve ever needed
I know it’s hard to just let ‘em go
But, you gotta learn to let ‘em go because

CHORUS
Girl, your Momma is just one breath away
In that city beyond the stars
I know that sounds so far
Oh, yeah! Sweet Momma is livin’ in a better place
In that city beyond the stars
Momma is just one breath away.”

(To INSTRUMENTAL INTERLUDE or BRIDGE)

BRIDGE (Optional)
And there ain’t no doubt in my mind that we will see her face again
Who can know the hour?
There’s not a soul that can tell you when
But, until that day, until that day

CHORUS
Heaven is just one breath away
That city beyond the stars
Believe me, it’s not so far, no, no, no
Heaven! I know that it’s a better place
And in that city beyond that stars
Your Momma is not so far- just one breath away
Momma is not so far
She’s just one breath away
Oh, yeah!

Words and music by Alyce Metallo
©2009 Alyce Metallo Music (BMI)
lovethatamradio@gmail.com
www.alycemetallo.com

Discography

DEBUT ALBUM- Alyce Metallo
EP- Mourning Into Dance
SINGLE- For the Good of the Kingdom/Para el Bien del Reino
SINGLE- Quiero Vivir En Paz (Winner of the Tipperary International Song of Peace Competition)

MEMBERSHIPS
SAW- Songwriter's Association of Washington
GMA- Gospel Music Association
WAMA-Washington ARea Music Association

Set List

Sets may range in length from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Alyce also performs sets in Spanish. (Para más información sobre actuaciones en español, favor de mandar un email a: manager@alycemetalloalbumtour.com

SAMPLE SET (ORIGINALS 'SACRED')
Nicodemus
I Stand Amazed
Jesus, It's You
Only Say the Word
Psalm 91:1
I Would Never Leave
Fade to Black
Personal Lord
Praise You Forevermore
Desire (Like a Deer)
Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken
Dive In
Instrument of Peace
For the Good of the Kingdom
Worthy is the Lamb
Without You (There's No Song)

SAMPLE SET (ORIGINALS 'OPEN')
Angel Undisguised
Be My Valentine
I Want to Live in Peace
The London Song
The More I Need You
Mogadishu Man
1-5-10
Makin' Me Fall
Christmas Without You
Honey Pie
Shoes
Predestinados

SAMPLE COVER ARTISTS
Genobia Jeter
Lalah Hathaway
Natalie Grant
Eva Cassidy
Sarah McLachlan
India Arie
Tracy Chapman
Allison Krauss
Oleta Adams
Trisha Yearwood
Whitney Houston
Stevie Wonder
Keith Gr