"12 Cocktails of Christmas" Featuring Alayna
What's your favorite Christmas memory? Going to Christmas Eve service and lighting candles in the pews....and decorating the tree!
What's your idea of a good Christmas Dinner? Christmas ham, mashed potatoes and some good company!
Do you have a favorite Christmas album? Jewel – Joy: A Holiday Collection
Do you have any favorite traditions or favorite movies for the holiday season? I love putting up the Christmas tree either on Thanksgiving or right after it, decorating the house and baking cookies.
What’s been your favorite album of 2019? So far it's been Lover by Taylor Swift, but I have a feeling it'll be Wildcard by Miranda Lambert when it comes out!
What are your hopes for 2020? Any exciting plans? Continue to write songs, create videos and release more singles.
The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature cocktail recipe that you will be drinking/serving? A recipe for Grinch Punch that I found on Pinterest!
Ingredients you need for Grinch Punch:
· 1 half gallon of lime sherbet
· 1 2-liter of sprite
· 1 gallon of Green Hawaiian fruit punch
· Red sanding sugar (optional)
How to make Easy Grinch Punch Recipe:
1. First, in a large punch bowl add, spoon in the lime sherbet. Pour half of the sprite and half of the Hawaiian punch over the sherbet.
2. Next, Stir to combine.
3. Completely optional but completely adorable, take a glass and dip the rim in a plate of water. Then dip the rim in red sanding sugar. It will look beautiful and will taste even better!
4. Finally, Spoon in your Grinch punch and serve!
Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but a few necessities and her favorite guitar to pursue her lifelong dream of a career in music. Three short years later, she was writing with award-winning songwriters, playing some of Music City’s most prestigious venues including the world-famous Bluebird Café, Nissan Stadium, The Listening Room, and was offered endorsements from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove Guitars, and Fancy Guitar Capos. Classically trained in piano from age 7, Alayna always had a love for music, but it wasn't always Country. “I listened to a lot of different artists growing up: Jewel, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow. I was all over the map,” she says. Now, she's mixing those childhood influences of Pop/Rock melodies with the honesty of Country lyrics, bringing a new flavor to the table.
Though she didn't realize it at the time, Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. It wasn’t until a few years later that she recognized her newfound talent and began to nurture it. During this time, Alayna taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons.
Currently, Alayna has over 1 million YouTube views and nineteen independent cuts to her credit. She has played many prominent conventions and festivals including CMA Music Fest, Christmas 4 Kids Bus Tour, Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival, National Cornbread Festival, Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival, Sunbelt AG, and the Tennessee State Fair. She was named one of the CMA’s (Country Music Association) Emerging Artist in 2017; released her second fan-funded EP Wicked City; has received multiple awards over the years from TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International) including Co-Writer of the Year, Female Songwriter of the Year (for three consecutive years), Song Cut of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, and released a fan-funded EP, The Wrong Side, in 2015 with sales in thirty-five US states and twelve countries; charting at #30 on the iTunes UK Country charts.
Whether she's singing a song about moving on from a past relationship, showing a little attitude or singing a feel-good song, Alayna stands out with her distinctive style, relatable lyrics, infectious melodies, and charismatic charm.