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BLACK ALLEY has been pushing the art of music to its rhythmic limits for some time now. Determined to create a unique musical elixir, Black Alley has taken the finest ingredients of funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a sound and genre all their own; they call it “Soul Garage”. The band is one, each musician surrendering to the union of sounds, each delivering music from their soul, while they are in dialogue with one another through their instruments. Each member of this septet is essential to the workability and funkability of the unit which is Black Alley.
Black Alley has become one of the most followed, trendsetting and sought-after music groups hailing from the nation's capital. With endorsements from national recording artists such as Grammy Award nominee Raheem DeVaughn, Hip Hop standouts Big KRIT & Wale, and the legendary Sheila E, Black Alley is untouchable, striving to rock harder and heavier each time they unite and contribute to the greater good of music.
Black Alley has been featured on various media outlets to include Okayplayer, EarMilk, ThatsEnuff.com, Washington City Paper, and Washington Post. Black Alley's music catalog contains two critically acclaimed independent releases. In 2012, the band released "Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers". The 16-track compilation features original music from Black Alley in collaboration with Raheem DeVaughn, Nicholas Ryan Gant and Phil Ade. Their follow up album, "Black Alley: Live from the RNR Hotel" is the live recording project chronicling their powerful performance at their SOLD OUT album release event. Both albums are available on iTunes and BlackAlley.Bandcamp.com. The video for their single "Artist Prayer" is in heavy rotation on VH1 Soul and the video for their single “Bad Girl” recently debuted exclusively on MTVHive.com.
BLACK ALLEY has been honored to share the stage with renowned artists like Common, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Wale, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh, Gin Blossoms, Marsha Ambrosius, Mack Wilds, Raheem DeVaughn, Wale, Bilal, Busta Rhymes, Scarface, and Chrisette Michele just to name a few.
2011 - DMV Award for Best Live Performance
2012 - Washington Area Music Association Award (WAMMIE) for Best Urban Contemporary Group
2013 - Nominated for three Washington Area Music Association Award (WAMMIE) for Best Urban Contemporary Group, Best Urban Contemporary Vocalist (Kacey Williams), & Best Urban Contemporary Recording (debut album: Soul.Swagger.Rock.Sneakers.)
2014 - Washington Area Music Association Award (WAMMIE) for Best Urban Contemporary Group
2011 - 1st Place Winner of Best Buy/California Tortilla/WHFS "Battle to Breakout" band contest
2012 - SOLD OUT Album Release Concert at Rock and Roll Hotel
2013 - Named one of the TOP 10 music artists in the DC/MD/VA area by 93.9 WKYS Radio Station; Opened for Erykah Badu to an audience of over 17K. Performed alongside Common and Estelle at a sold out concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring.
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"Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers." available at blackalley.bandcamp.com & iTUNES
"Black Alley: LIVE from RNR Hotel DC" available at blackalley.bandcamp.com & iTUNES