Nissa has been a fan of Black Veil Brides for as long as she can remember. She admires the band’s unique glam metal style and has always dreamed of meeting its members.
“I love listening to their music,” said Nissa, who was born with sickle cell disease. “I’ve been singing my entire life, but it has always been small gatherings with my family.”
Nissa was in the middle of a transfusion when Make-A-Wish Arizona called to say her wish – to perform live with her favorite band - was granted.
“At first they didn’t tell me where I would be singing,” she said. “When I found out I would be performing at Warped Tour in my hometown I was so excited! I couldn’t believe it!”
Warped Tour is the largest travelling music festival in the country, featuring local artists and various genres of music. Nissa invited her family and best friend to watch her rock out with Black Veil Brides and share this exciting experience with her.
Nissa’s wish day included a glam squad who did her hair and make-up and a stylist who picked out a custom outfit so she could truly feel like a star on stage.
In addition, Nissa received the full Warped Tour VIP treatment, complete with backstage passes, singing lessons, media interviews and a personal photographer. A tour bus transported Nissa and her “entourage” to the concert venue, where they received a private backstage tour before the doors were even open to the public.
During lunch, Nissa had the opportunity to meet with other bands performing that day, including one of her favorite artists, Juliet Simms.
“I really want to pursue a music career when I grow up so it was so amazing to have the opportunity to talk with Juliet about the music industry and becoming an artist,” she said.
Before the show started, Nissa sat down with Black Veil Brides and could feel the anticipation building.
“I’ve never performed in front of a crowd before so it was really nerve-wracking,” she said. “But I already knew the words to all the Black Veil Brides’ songs so that made me feel more at ease.”
Once Nissa finally took the stage and started singing, she felt the rush of performing.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” she said. “Make-A-Wish Arizona really did anything and everything to make sure my wish was granted and I’m so happy I have this memory.”
Nissa says her wish inspired her to embrace her passion for music and do what she loves.
“When you are presented with an opportunity like this I’ve learned you have to completely go for it,” she said. “I’m so thankful for this experience.”