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Touring, it’s really difficult to actually make a band work, and I think that’s why there’s so few bands that do work, actually, ’cause there’s so much that goes into it.

Alissa White-Gluz

It’s pretty clear I am a diehard Chris Cornell fan, so his voice, musicianship, and lyrics have touched me across many different projects.

Alissa White-Gluz

I love ‘hearing a person’s face’ in their music. I’ve been told by fans that they can tell when I’m smiling or feeling mischievous in my voice – that’s a huge compliment.

Alissa White-Gluz

Lzzy Hale could sing me the dictionary, and I would swoon. She is so amazingly talented, and her voice is absolutely delicious.

Alissa White-Gluz

Some people are really surprised that I can sing different ways.

Alissa White-Gluz

We can do many different things as a band. But that doesn’t mean we should do that. If we did all we’re capable of, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’d be writing better songs. None of us are huge fans of bands that seem to go, ‘OK, I’m gonna sing for no reason and then scream for no reason just because I can.’

Alissa White-Gluz

I’ve done music as a hobby, either in musical theater or just jamming with friends, pretty much for as long as I can remember.

Alissa White-Gluz

Playing with my sister – we always had musical instruments lying around the house.

Alissa White-Gluz

I am one of the few but very lucky people who grew up in a vegetarian household. So, I was vegetarian since birth along with my mother, sister, and brother.

Alissa White-Gluz

It’s totally natural to me to be vegan.

Alissa White-Gluz

I feel just as much a part of ‘War Eternal’ as I do ‘Will to Power.’

Alissa White-Gluz

We should be pointing out people’s accomplishments rather than their looks, but if it can promote our band, why not?

Alissa White-Gluz

As a female in metal, I’m going to get ostracized one way or another. So, if I’m going to have people hating me because I’m a female in metal, I might as well get people loving me because I’m a female in metal, too.

Alissa White-Gluz

For some reason, people don’t want to see a girl onstage. Whether it’s a girl or a guy, if you like the music, who cares?

Alissa White-Gluz

Anywhere we go in the States, people know we’re from out of town: like, we stick out like sore thumbs. People are like, ‘Freaks! Go cut your hair!’ and whatever. It’s a little weird.

Alissa White-Gluz

I haven’t seen too many similarities between Montreal and American cities.

Alissa White-Gluz

I never took lessons. And I never aspired to be a singer until I was one in a band.

Alissa White-Gluz

There’s this company called Vega that sponsors us, and basically, what it is is a vegan health optimizer. But really it’s a protein shake that has all the vitamins, all the enzymes, all the minerals, all the carbs, all the proteins… everything that you need to set yourself for the day.

Alissa White-Gluz

When I hear from fans that they not only like the music but they’re also very touched by the lyrics, or they also learned about a specific cause because of me, that’s really rewarding.

Alissa White-Gluz

I feel very fortunate to be in a position to where I can continue to make music and have people appreciate it.

Alissa White-Gluz

I have a lot of people I think are important to me, a lot of different causes I like to talk about also.

Alissa White-Gluz

I love doing clean singing, which is one of the main things that drives me back to Kamelot all the time.

Alissa White-Gluz

It’s fun for me, and I love singing Arch Enemy stuff without clean singing, but I think it would be cool to introduce it. It’s just a matter of if it feels right.

Alissa White-Gluz

I have read and heard so many stories from people all around the world describing how they’ve found their own reason to believe through Arch Enemy, and that genuinely inspires me and keeps me going.

Alissa White-Gluz

I never had this idea, ‘I wanna be a solo artist.’

Alissa White-Gluz

I’ve been vegan longer than I’ve been a singer. And it’s definitely something that I try to put across in my work, but that’s just because I really care about it.

Alissa White-Gluz

I think one of the reasons that Arch Enemy gels so well as people and musically is because we all share very similar values when it comes to human rights, animal rights… even politics, religion.

Alissa White-Gluz

When I first started playing metal, lyrically, I sort of related a little bit more to the punk and hardcore scenes, where there was a lot more veganism and straight-edge people and people taking a stance for causes that they believe in.

Alissa White-Gluz

I think that metal has always been, in my opinion, the most passionate form of music, and it only makes sense to actually be passionate about what you’re saying when you’re delivering music to people, whether it’s through an album or for a live show.

Alissa White-Gluz

A lot of my musician friends have the same kind of anxiety and panic when faced with crowds of people, and I do, too.

Alissa White-Gluz

That’s the thing: when I’m on stage, I don’t care; there could be ten people there, there could be ten million people there. But if I’m offstage, I’m, like, counting the people. I know exactly where everyone’s standing, how far they are from me.

Alissa White-Gluz

Is it hard to be vegan? Absolutely not. It would be hard to not be vegan.

Alissa White-Gluz

The way I see it, I am lucky to be alive and well, and I only wish the same for others.

Alissa White-Gluz

‘Wages Of Sin’ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen.

Alissa White-Gluz

I’m really excited to be a part of the ‘Fallen Heroes’ EP.

Alissa White-Gluz

I work out a lot. I started to work out on the road as much as I can, but I work out a lot at home to keep myself in good shape.

Alissa White-Gluz

I do guest vocals all the time.

Alissa White-Gluz

I’ve seen a couple of singer switches happen right before my eyes, one being Roy Khan to Tommy Karevik in Kamelot, and the other was Anette Olzon to Floor Jansen in Nightwish. Those happened with me present, and I saw how well the fans took to these singers because they were presented in the proper way.

Alissa White-Gluz

Women in general have to think about certain things that men don’t – like being safe in the street at night or something.

Alissa White-Gluz

I do think image is important in a band, because when I go see a show, I want to see a show; I don’t want to just listen to the music.

Alissa White-Gluz

If any female – or male – does something in order to get ‘likes’ on their video or to get fans, they’re being exploited, and they’re actually selling out to a certain extent.

Alissa White-Gluz

Personally, I would never use sexuality or looks as a selling point.

Alissa White-Gluz

I think one of the things that makes Arch Enemy so unique is that we’re five musicians who are all super self-critical but also super-driven.

Alissa White-Gluz

I had my first band. it was kind of a progressive metal band kind of thing. I just started writing songs that required more and more challenging vocals, and I just did them. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So I just sort of did what I had to do to make the songs sound the way I wanted them to.

Alissa White-Gluz

I like musicals a lot. I think probably ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is my favorite. I love Andrew Lloyd Webber for the most part. It’s rare that I’ll find a musical that I don’t like.

Alissa White-Gluz

Often the ‘lead’ of a classical song will have something really cool to its melody that – even though it might be a violin or something doing it in the song – I end up wanting to try something like that with my voice.

Alissa White-Gluz

The animal rights cause is something close to my heart and something I truly believe in.

Alissa White-Gluz

When I was in high school, I started organizing fundraisers and other events for people like PETA and Greenpeace.

Alissa White-Gluz

My parents, along with my brother and sister, are vegetarians.

Alissa White-Gluz

I wasn’t raised in any way where I was forced to be a vegetarian, too. I always had the choice. My mom would say, ‘I don’t eat the stuff, so I won’t cook it, but if you want to eat it, you can. Let me tell you why I don’t eat it.’ So she was open about it.

Alissa White-Gluz

I’m always, always really health conscious – even more so on tour.

Alissa White-Gluz

It’s almost like a theater, where I can play a character in every song, ’cause Kamelot songs are very… There’s always a narrative going on. There’s a story within albums and in songs, so I get to play a character and sing it in a different way than people might recognize coming from me.

Alissa White-Gluz

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Who is Alissa White-Gluz?

Alissa White-Gluz (born 31 July 1985) is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the leading vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, and a former lead vocalist and founding member of the Canadian metalcore band The Agonist.

Her musical style contains both loud and quiet voices (singing). While primarily associated with melodic death metal and metalcore, she has appeared as a guest vocalist for power metal, symphonic metal and deathcore bands, notably Kamelot, Delain and Carnifex, and has performed live with Nightwish and Tarja Turunen.