Thanks to the internet, the traditional ways in which an aspiring singer would have had to go through to have a career, has become a thing of the past. One person who is certainly grateful for this is American singer and songwriter – Carissa Alvarado, one-half of the music duo ‘Us the Duo’, who achieved fame and success thanks to their YouTube channel before they were able to go ahead and bag a record deal. Read on to find out more about Alvarado and her journey to becoming a singer.
Carissa Alvarado’s Biography
On the 10th of January, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, Carissa Alvarado was welcomed into the world as Carissa Martin. Details about her parents, such as their identities and what they did for a living are not known, however, they are said to be Filipino Americans. She was raised alongside her younger brother, Bam Martin.
As a young child, Alvarado had aspired to become a singer. Her parents were said to have been supportive of her career path and helped guide her in the right direction. The young girl, at the age of 5, soon joined her church choir and began singing. She continued to hone her craft all through her formative years as she also attended school. While the details of the schools she attended and what she studied are not available, she was said to have attended college as she actively tried to break into the music business.
Following her unsuccessful attempt to make a solo career, Carissa joined forces with Michael Alvarado, another struggling musician she met through a common friend on a set of a music video. The two went on to form the music group, ‘Us the Duo’ and began making songs together. At the time, Michael had a YouTube channel which was where the two uploaded their songs.
By August 2011, Us the Duo produced the original song, ‘Missin You Like Crazy’, which amassed thousands of views on Youtube. The song went on to get over 1 million views in a couple of months, which motivated the two to carry on working on their music.
By the following year, Michael and Carissa Alvarado began making Vines through which they made their music famous and directed people to their YouTube page. This, and the fact they publicized their relationship, brought a few more thousand subscribers to their Youtube channel.
In June 2012, Us the Duo released their debut album on their Youtube channel. While the album was well received by their fans, the pair were still quite unable to break into the mainstream music business. This all changed when they released the song ‘No Matter Where You Are’ in 2014, which caught the attention of the creators of the animated film, The Book of Life (2014). The song went on to be used in the final scene of the film, catapulting them to the limelight as their subscriber list and viewership grew immeasurably.
Thanks to the success of the song, Michael and Carissa Alvarado announced that their second album would be titled ‘No Matter Where You Are’. They chose to do so in order to tap into the hype that was created by the single. This strategy looked to have worked for them as the album achieved relative success and led to them going on tour.
In 2017, the duo released their third album called ‘Our Favourite Time of Year’, which also achieved relative success.
Family of The Singer
As mentioned above, Carissa Alvarado was able to achieve her longlasting dream of becoming a singer only after she joined forces with Michael Alvarado. The two did not only put their talents together to create a brand as they also went on to become a couple, exchanging marital vows on April 26, 2012.
Apart from her husband, another notable member of her family who has achieved some celebrity status is Alvarado’s younger brother, Bam Martin. Martin is a popular dancer and choreographer who began his career in high school. He has gone ahead to feature in a number of music videos, including one of Justin Bieber‘s videos.
Celebrity Facts About Carissa Alvarado
1. From the time Carissa Alvarado began singing in church, she became a huge fan of Michael Jackson, idolizing him all through her formative years and beyond.
2. The very first song in which Us the Duo put up on their YouTube Page is a cover of the Hannah Montana theme song. They have further done covers on songs by popular musicians like Linkin’ Park and Rihanna.
3. In 2016, following the success their second album brought for them, Alvarado and her husband/collaborator accompanied Pentatonix on their 2016 World Tour, visiting major cities across the United States as well as countries like Japan, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
4. In October 2018, Us the Duo entered the music reality show America’s Got Talent, and were able to get to the semi-finals of the competition before they were eliminated. After one of the performances, they revealed to the public that they were expecting their first child.