On May 6, 2014, 8-year-old Alissa Sizemore lost her right leg after she was hit by a truck. For Alissa, who loved to dance, the experience was harrowing. But with determination and daring, Alissa never gave up on her dream. Though the road to recovery was tough, Alissa told PEOPLE magazine, “Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don’t have part of my leg, but I can’t let that stop me. I still want to dance.”
Since her accident, Alissa has continued taking dance classes and has even performed solos. Now, she is featured in a viral music video for GENTRI, a gentleman trio comprised of three LDS members, Brad Robins, Casey Elliot, and Bradley Quinn Lever. If you haven’t seen it already, you need to. The song, Dare, is a powerful anthem for anyone longing for hope. As the lyrics express:
I scream at the voice inside of my head
That whispers my dreams are gone and dead
But the harder they push, the stronger I fight
For what’s ahead
According to their website, “The Gentlemen Trio (GENTRI) was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three Utah native tenors: Casey Elliott, Brad Robins, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Prior to coming together as a group, they each performed together in a sell out run of Les Miserables, playing the roles of Jean Valjean, Marius, and Enjolras, respectively. Since coming together as a group they have performed on some of Utah’s biggest stages including singing the national anthem for the Utah Jazz, the Governor’s Gala, and most recently with the international British tenor sensation, Alfie Boe. Pioneering a sound they call “cinematic pop,” the Gents released their debut album in March 2015, under the direction of their arranger/producer, Stephen Nelson. In its first week after being released, their album quickly became a bestseller hitting No. 5 on Billboard’s top Classical Albums chart, and No. 3 on Billboard’s top Classical Crossover Albums chart.”
What dreams has this music video inspired you to keep on dreaming? Want GENTRI’s album? Click here.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.