This sexy and seductive vocal stylist has the potential to make all of her fantasies, as well as those of her listeners, come true.
Hitting the charts hard with her debut song “Stay Up” featuring Fat Joe, Miss Issa is definitely taking the airwaves by storm. With her sexy style and beats of seduction, she unquestionably has the potential to make all of her fantasies come true.
Born to a Filipino father and a Mexican mother in San Diego, California, Miss Issa experienced many obstacles throughout her life. As the youngest of five, Issa has always dreamed of becoming a singer like her mother. “I grew up listening to Motown,” says Issa. “While listening to those Motown records, I begin to develop my style, mixing it up with a Latin twist.”
Miss Issa developed her love for music by growing up in a harmonious atmosphere. She was constantly surrounded by the beats of rhythm and blues, based upon the fact that her mother was a singer as well. “When I was young, I would spend countless hours watching BET and MTV, wishing that I could someday reveal my talent,” explains Issa. “Through my hard work and determination, I can say that I achieved a piece of my goals.”
Although Miss Issa was faced with the opportunity to join the chart-topping group TLC on their hit show R U That Girl, Issa suddenly had a change of heart. After she was chosen as a finalist for the show, she refused to sign the contract that was sent to her. When she received a finalist position, it proved to her that she could definitely pursue a solo career of her own. With that, she was introduced to Kairi Brown, who recognized her potential and quickly signed her to Sound on Sound Entertainment.
Getting Close and Personal With Miss IssaLRM: Miss Issa, what are you trying to bring to the music industry that no other female artist has ever delivered before?Miss Issa: I just want to represent me. I’m different, you know. I’m unique in my own way and I present Issa, which I think is different within itself.
LRM: If you can do a duet with any artist, who would it be and why?Miss Issa: I would love to do a duet with either Usher or Ne-Yo. I love their music and they are so talented. I would want to do a new rendition of “Secret Lover.” That’s baby-making music (laughing).
LRM: What do you think is the hardest thing about being in the music industry?Miss Issa: To me, the hardest part is being a female in this business, you know, not being able to be taken seriously.
LRM: If you didn’t have the desire to sing, where do you think you would be?Miss Issa: I would probably be a loan officer, because that’s what I was doing in order to pay bills (laughing). Or eventually real estate.
LRM: If you were able to change one thing about the industry what would it be?Miss Issa: The development of an artist. I mean, it takes forever for an artist to get out there. It takes a long time for an artist to gain exposure.
LRM: Okay, Miss Issa, now let’s get to the good stuff. Do you have a boyfriend? If not, describe to us your ideal man, and keep it real.Miss Issa: (Laughing) No, I don’t have a boyfriend. Well, I need a guy who’s cool, who’s down for me. I mean, besides all that, he has to be good looking. Actually, do you know who’s fine? Antonio Sabato Jr. and Taye Diggs. Those two men are fine and by watching them on television, it seems as though they have cool personalities as well.
LRM: Would you ever date a guy in the industry?Miss Issa: Well, I don’t know. In the industry, it seems as though everyone is so busy. We probably wouldn’t have time to hang out together. So I would say no. I would rather date a guy who isn’t in the industry.
LRM: Do you have a lot of time to hang with friends and family?Miss Issa: I make time to hang out with friends and family. They keep me grounded as well as focused.
LRM: How was it working with Fat Joe?Miss Issa: He was real cool. He was so laid back. He laughed every now and then.
LRM: That’s cool, do you have any last words for your fans?Miss Issa: I would first like to give a shout-out to myspace.com because without them I don’t know where I would be, and also to my friends and family. Much love!