Alya (singer and entertainer)

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Alya Michelson is a singer, music writer, mother, and philanthropist. Alyas music style incorporates multiple styles and people typically have a hard time trying to classify her sound. She is married to Gary Michelson, a famous inventor of medical equipment and they live in Los Angeles with their three children.[1]

Early life and schooling[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Alya was born and raised in Russia, in the beginning she wanted to be an artist even though she excelled in music school and at a school for gifted children. When Alya went to College, her parents wanted her to abandon music to pursue a career that was more “realistic”, so she had enrolled in a journalism program at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and studied the field of journalism. She did excellent work as a Journalist and her career took off, she became a special correspondent for the largest State news agency, RIA Novosti. Shortly after she moved on to be a national anchor at VESTI, where she covered domestic and international news. Later, she used her expertise as a journalist to work in public relations as the spokesperson for the vice chairman of a State legislative body in the ruling assembly of Russia.[2][3][4]

Not long after she got married and although her husband made her happy, Alya felt like she was wasting her voice on something that did not bring fulfillment. Around 2012, Alya decided to make real changes in her life. Living in Los Angeles with her husband, she started to change her life around and she decided to work on her music. Alya combined what she learned in college and life experiences with her musical talents and she created Alya, the performer. Alya made a statement about her musical career and she does not consider herself to be a solo artist but more of a project director, Alya’s music, visuals, and performances are collaborative by design. in her spare time, she spends a lot of her time helping her husband manage Family Charitable foundations, volunteers in her children's school. She I still loves journalism, but now she says she wakes up every day with a happy smile.[5][6][7]

Philanthropy[edit | hide | edit source]

Alya is involved in the following Philanthropy endeavors

Found Animals mission to put pets in homes and keep them there

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation supports forward thinking initiatives in medical science

Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology program to incentivize research through prize philanthropy and grant funding to rapidly develop a single-dose, nonsurgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs

Michelson 20MM Foundation supports and invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, models, and initiatives with the potential to improve post-secondary access, affordability, and efficacy.

Accomplishments[edit | hide | edit source]

Mayak

2011 – 2011

Project description:

News contributor and presenter for the state radio station, Mayak.

Project name Supporters of United Russia


2010 – 2010

Project description:

Leader of the media department for the Supporters of United Russia.

Project name Russian State Duma


2008 – 2008

Project description:

Worked as Press Secretary of Vice-Speaker of the Russian State Duma.

Project name Kommersant


2006 – 2006

Project description:

A freelance correspondent for the local newspaper, Kommersant.

See project Kommersant


Project name Vesti 24 (now Russia 24)


2006 – 2006

Project description:

A freelance correspondent for state TV channel, Vesti 24 (now Russia 24).

Project name Russkoe Radio


Project description:

While still in high school contributed to a program about local and regional culture on the local radio station, Russkoe Radio.