Alissa Bleazard can’t decide what she wants to do with her life, so she’s pursuing two of her dreams at the same time.

The 20-year-old resident of the Smithville section of Galloway Township is a psychology major in the Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College program and hopes to become a marine mammal trainer, but she also is such a good musician that a well-known artist produced her latest record.

Bleazard said she’s been fascinated by whales and mammals since she was a child, and she also sang and learned how to play a guitar at an early age. After forming a local Christian rock band, AIM FC, that fueled her passion for music, Bleazard could not make a career decision when it came time to go to college.

Her dilemma became more complicated when Paul Colman, a well-known Christian artist who is a former member of the popular Australian Christian band Newsboys, offered to produce her five-song EP if she traveled to Nashville to record it.

In January, Colman, along with session musicians including former Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman, recorded “Intervention.” She describes her music as straight-forward rock with positive messages.

“Paul always knew what to do to make a good song great,” said Bleazard, who goes by Lissa Mae for her musical career. “I am working on both careers, and we’ll see how it all works out. It’s exhausting, but I am giving both careers 120 percent right now. I never want to look back on either one and say, ‘Oh, if I only tried harder …”

“Intervention” is available on iTunes, Amazon and at

Short Stories

Five Atlantic County correction officers were recently promoted within the ranks of the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Hammonton’s Steve Iuliucci and Egg Harbor City’s Richard Trout were promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. Mays Landing’s Biagio Decicco and Manuel Montoya and Forked River’s Gilberto Sanchez were promoted from officer to sergeants ... Linwood’s Chris Daggett and Alisa Cooper recently attended the annual meeting of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Daggett is president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Cooper is an Atlantic County freeholder and member of the Council.

— Short Stories compiled by Emily Brill

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