Anissa Clay is a 17 year old award-winning author and opera singer.
Anissa was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia to her parents Joyce and Chris Clay.
She wrote her first song at four years old, dedicating it to her late great-grandfather. She was constantly singing, improvising melodies and lyrics on the spot.
After moving to Pittsburgh, Anissa continued to pursue a career in singing, in the form of attending Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, where she currently attends.
She started writing her novel, The God Conception, on a bus ride during her seventh grade year. She finished the book when she was fourteen, publishing it at fifteen. The God Conception has won several awards, including The Author's Zone 2015 Emerging Author Award and was an honorable mention in the New York Book Festival.
At LPPACS, she also was exposed to opera which began her love of the art. Anissa can sing in six languages, including Italian, German, and French.
She has been a soloist with the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School's Women's choir. Anissa has also been a chorister with the Women's Choir and Concert Choir for three years, and a chorister in the Chamber Choir for two years. She has been a featured soloist with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir, performing the solo in the debut of Doug Levine's "Songs from Lost Civilizations."
She has been a high school Apprentice at the Pittsburgh Opera for a year and a half, performing two mini-lecture recitals in that time.
Anissa is the adult choir director at Restoration Church of Christ in Pittsburgh, leading the choir in works such as David T. Clydesdale's "The Day He Wore My Crown."
Anissa has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a chorister in the PSO student choral and as a Junior Mendelssohn Singer.
Yoga is one of her favorite activities to do, you may even find her warming up while doing vinyasas.
Anissa thanks you for your support, and she hopes you enjoy her website.