Alina grew up in a very musical family and remembers always singing as a child. " I was always singing, my parents said, you couldn't keep me quiet. (Haha) I'd have to say it was my Dad's fault though, he always sang to us growing up. His voice and the plucking of his guitar was like lullaby music to us. It stirred my heart, and would well up inside, to where I just couldn't keep it in, I had to let it out."
"It was something we always did as a family. But we were encouraged to play on our own as well. 'Let it come from your heart, let it be your prayer and your conversation,' Papa would always say."
"I remember this little Red Book that my dad would keep by his guitar. It was something very private and dear to his heart. All of his inspirations, feelings, experiences were written down in that book and was made into music. It was his journal, but one that was entangled with the beautiful melodies of his Epiphone."
Alina picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and has been writing music now ever since. "The guitar kind of chose me. I tried many different instruments and every time came back to the guitar. There was just something sweet and that felt like home when I held it and played. Since then though, I have branched out a bit and tried tackling the bass and piano, which I find fun but there is just nothing like strumming my Gibson!"
Alina's performed in many private and public events, including weddings as well as her hometown church. "My parents always would get us up on a stage, no matter how much I hated it. (Haha) I was shy and afraid of what people would think. But Papa would always say, 'Don't think about them, just sing like your singing to God.' I still get a bit shy, and still have the shakes of stage fright but I've learned the importance of sharing with people, that might stir something in their heart.
Along with music, she loves getting together with family and friends and hiking and riding the trails near her home in Northwest Montana.
As a new artist, Alina hopes to create and expand the new genre of Modern Christian Country. "I love country! Not what is has become today but the roots it came from. Songs about home and family, where you've come from and dreams you want to chase after, love and life, challenges we go through, and our faith that keeps us standing strong and holds us together."
"My dad taught us kids to pursue our dreams and passions. He used to tell me, 'Don't hide the music, God put that in you. It makes Him smile when you sing your heart out."