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CMA Music Festival 2014

Excited to announce my show schedule during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville June 1-8! Just added…2 more shows at Nashville Street Tacos June 5th & 6th!

NEW YORK CITY COUNTRY GIRL ALI ISABELLA RETURNS TO NASHVILLE FOR CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL... Nashville, May 29, 2014...New York’s country music phenom, Ali Isabella will be returning to Nashville for a number of high profile performances during Music City’s very busy CMA Music Festival week.

This talented singer/songwriter is only 18, but has already achieved many major career milestones. She has opened for Reba McEntire and LoneStar at the world famous Wembley Arena, London, England; she performed for Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder and named Youth Ambassador for the Babies Division of March of Dimes. Ali’s 2012 debut album, "Say You'll Be Mine" became an international hit, and her stateside single, "New York City Country Girl" raced to the top of the Billboard Hot Single Sales Country charts last year.

Ali has made a name for herself in her home state, playing in some of NYC’s most popular clubs, including the Bitter End, The Living Room and The Studio at Webster Hall. She made her television debut on Good Day New York, before taping her own TV special at the Hard Rock Café in Foxwoods Casino in nearby Connecticut. Recently, she toured the US and was featured at the Montauk Music Festival and headlined at the NYC Grand Central Station Centennial Celebration.

Ali is signed as a writer to Roundhill Music and has been honing her songwriting skills as she prepares to release her next album, and has had the opportunity to write with some of Nashville’s top writers including Chas Sandford, Marty Dodson, Ryan Tyndell, Susan Ruth and New York transplant, Matt Bednarsky.

“I love country music,” she offered in a recent interview with Guitar World Magazine, “because a lot of the songwriting is story-telling, and that’s what I love to do with my songs. That is why country music is so relatable. I really love the story-telling.”

Ali’s Performance and Appearance schedule during CMA Music Festival:

Sunday, June 1, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Monday, June 2, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge (Rooftop)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:00 PM "Hollywood Meets Nashville CMA Kick Off Party" at Film House

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Honky Tonk Central (2nd Floor) Fan Fair Launch

Thursday, June 5, 2014 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Honky Tonk Central (3rd Floor)

Friday, June 6, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Honky Tonk Central (2nd Floor)

Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge (Rooftop)

Saturday, June 7, 2014 3:00 PM CMA Fan Fair signing at Tootsies Orchid Lounge Artist Booth at Music City Center

For more information, the latest news and tour dates, visit www.aliisabella.com. Fans can join the conversation at Facebook/IMaliisabella and Twitter/IMAlilsabella.

Duke Ellington 115th Birthday Bash

April 20, 2014

Ali Isabella is thrilled to announce that she will be making a special guest appearance at the 115th Annual Birthday Bash for legendary composer Duke Ellington in New York City April 29th. Hosted by Duke Ellington's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, the event will take place at The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts.

Ali will be performing a very special Duke Ellington song "I'm Beginning to See the Light".

Raised in a musical family, Ali spent much of her childhood singing along to songs from many of the jazz greats of the 20th century including songs composed by Duke Ellington. "I'm Beginning to See the Light" is one of her personal favorites.

During 2013 Ali had an impressive lineup of performance including the Westchester, NY March for Babies Youth Kickoff concert at Ridgehill to benefit Westchester's 2013 march for Babies Annual Walk. In april Ali was the headline artist at the 2013 "I Create Music" ASCAP expo at LOEWS Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. In May she was a featured act at the Montauk Music Festival and the headline artist for the NYC Grand Central Station Centennial Celebration in Vanderbilt Hall. In June she was featured vocalist at the country wide arena tour of Cirque Musica (Cirque de Solei stye with a 50 piece symphony orchestra. Ali then, through July and August, toured large summer camps for 6 weeks, appearing during the summer to over 100,000 people. At the end of the year she toured and performed in Nashville and Chattanooga as headline artist. To complete the year she was the featured performer at the Ridgehill tree lighting ceremony in NY.

This year Ali is releasing her new album and touring throughout the summer.

For more information on the 115th Birthday Bash for Duke Ellington see www.thedukeellingtoncenter.org.

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Mercury Lounge Show December 18th!

December 8, 2013

It’s that time of the year again! A time of giving and most certainly my favorite season of the year! I can’t wait to be surrounded by all of my family and friends during the holidays! May I also add that nothing compares to peppermint hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, cozy evenings by the fire, and decorating the house with a whole lot of lights, sparkly things, and candy canes!

I've got a very SPECIAL show happening this month! On December 18th, I’ll be performing at Mercury Lounge in NEW YORK CITY as an OPENING act for Kelley James!! Doors open at 6:30 pm and my band and I will be doing a set of some of my NEW original songs. I am beyond excited for this show and I hope to see you there! For tickets check out the link under my show listings!

For the rest of the month and at the start of 2014, I’ll be recording and putting together my second album! It’s been two years since the release of my first album, “Say You’ll Be Mine,” so I am definitely looking forward to sharing some new music with you all! This second album is going to be different from my first, but still contain similar elements. It shows my growth as not only an artist, but also as a songwriter over the past two years. This new release of music will be very eclectic. It’s going to be a mix of not only pop and country, but also contain influences of rock, blues, and soul. My goal in creating this album is to not only create a sound unique to me, but also to the music scene. I plan to release the album within the first quarter of 2014.

On a fun side note, I’m seeing one of my influences, John Mayer, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on December 17th. I absolutely can’t wait to go and I will definitely be sure to put up some pictures on my Instagram!

FOLLOW ME!! www.instagram.com/IMAliIsabella Happy holidays and happy New Year! Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of December! :)

xoxo Ali

London

November 14, 2013

Happy November!

I’ve just returned from a great trip to London in the UK! I had some wonderful meetings over there with theatre producers, artists, and publishers, discussing exciting projects that are in the works. A highlight of my trip was going to an event at the Frontline Club to celebrate the launch of Kathy Eldon’s book, “In the Heart of Life.” Ali Isabella & Kathy EldonKathy was recorded and filmed, presenting excerpts from her book and film clips, later holding a Q&A session. The event once more reminded me of how important to me the Creative Visions Foundation, Dan Eldon’s story, and the aims of all the wonderful people involved to “change the world through creativity” are. I am so honored to be a Global Youth Ambassador for the foundation! Currently, I am working to finalize the materials to take the message to high schools in the coming months to try and inspire the youth to follow their dreams and at the same time try and make the world a better place. If you’d like to be involved in this great project, reach out to me on my Twitter, @IMAliIsabella, and I’ll be happy to show you how you too can be a creative activist!

In other news, I have finally started to pull together songs for my second album! I am beyond excited to announce this and I look forward to sharing some new music with all of you! Stay tuned!

Ali Isabella Talks to Star Scoop

THE STAR SCOOP: Hi Ali! Tell us more about your song “Taking My Own Sweet Time.” ALI ISABELLA: “Taking My Own Sweet Time” is a fun summer song about kicking back and just seeing where life takes you. I’m a very big “go with the flow” kind of person, and I think that everything really does happen for a reason. This new single is about enjoying life and taking the time to figure out who you want to be and where you want to end up. If you surround yourself with people who genuinely love you and support you, I truly believe that your dreams are endless and you can accomplish anything. THE STAR SCOOP: Who inspires your musical sound? How would you describe it? ALI ISABELLA: I am inspired by country, pop, and jazz music. Some of the artists that inspire me are Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Adele. I would describe myself as a crossover artist and as a singer-songwriter. I pull from a lot of different places and in the process try to create my own unique sound. THE STAR SCOOP: “Out of Tune Guitar” reminds me a little of Taylor Swift. Is she someone you look up to? ALI ISABELLA: Yes, definitely! Everything that she has accomplished at such a young age is really inspiring. Especially as a singer- songwriter, I definitely look up to her in terms of her songwriting ability. THE STAR SCOOP: How excited were you to already chart on Billboard at such a young age? ALI ISABELLA: I was really excited! I wrote “New York City Country Girl” as a fun, danceable song with my good friend Anton Mullan. I never dreamed that it would go as far as it did on the Billboard charts – it was definitely a good surprise! THE STAR SCOOP: This summer we hear you’re going on the Cirque Musica Tour and the Camplified Tour. Tell us more about both. ALI ISABELLA: I just finished the first part of the Cirque Musica tour. Cirque Musica is a unique show that combines circus performances with a full symphony orchestra. On the other hand, the Camplified tour is just about to begin. Camplified is a tour that travels to summer camps all over the U.S. and it will definitely be an exciting experience for me because I’ll be able to interact and perform to kids my own age. THE STAR SCOOP: How did you get to be involved in these tours and what should people prepare for if they come out? ALI ISABELLA: My friend Debbie Gibson recommended me for the Cirque Musica tour and she wrote both of the songs that I performed. As I said before, Cirque Musica is a totally different experience that involves circus acts with a symphony orchestra. I think people of all ages will really enjoy this show. THE STAR SCOOP: What else do you have going on this summer? ALI ISABELLA: I’m performing at The Bitter End, as well as doing a performance outside of the World Trade Center in New York in between my tours. THE STAR SCOOP: What can we expect from you in the fall? ALI ISABELLA: I’ll be performing to support my new single, as well as busy recording my new album. THE STAR SCOOP: What is something we don’t know about you yet? ALI ISABELLA: I really love horseback riding. In fact, I gave it up to focus on my music career. THE STAR SCOOP: What would you like to say to your fans? ALI ISABELLA: Thank you so much for listening to my music and supporting me along the way! I hope to give you a lot of new music this year!

Ali Isabella Releases New Single

Released Today!

Ali Isabella releases new single "Taking My Own Sweet Time." The teen sensation delivers follow up to her chart-topping single "New York City Country Girl" & tours nationally.

Singer-songwriter Ali Isabella has kicked off Summer 2013 with a headlining vocal performance singing songs penned by Debbie Gibson for the arena tour of Cirque Musica and with a star turn in the Camplfied Tour, a celebrity, music and branded interactivity live experience. Today, Ali debuts "Taking My Own Sweet Time" the lead single off of her upcoming project.

Here's what Ali has to say about the new song:

“Taking My Own Sweet Time” is a fun summer song about kicking back and just seeing where life takes you. I’m a very big “go with the flow” kind of person, and I think that everything really does happen for a reason. This new single is about enjoying life and taking the time to figure out who you want to be and where you want to end up. If you surround yourself with people who genuinely love you and support you, I truly believe that your dreams are endless and you can accomplish anything.

I debuted the single for the first time on the Camplified Tour this month and have been singing the song for all the kids! Be sure to check out the video on my Youtube Channel too! I was so excited to have my friends in the video - we had a blast filming the video in Montauk, NY earlier this summer :)

http://www.youtube.com/AliIsabella

P.S. My new single is also available now to download on iTunes!

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2013 Camplified Tour

Ali Isabella is off to camp this summer...that is 14 different camps on the 2013 Summer Camplified Tour! Ali kicked off the tour on July 4th where she shared the stage with other up and coming young artists such as Cover Drive, Ares Carter, Chuck Threezy and Audio Revival rocking out with over 400 campers and counselors to some great music!

One of the unique things about Camplified is being able to interact with the campers before the concert in special Camplified sponsored activities. Following the days activities, the artists perform a concert for the campers followed by a meet and greet.

As Ali said, she could tell that the campers, as well as the counselors, really enjoy the Camplified Show, singing along, dancing, jumping up and down - it's a great time and a great experience for the kids, some who have never been to a real concert before!

Ali has performed already at Camp Southwoods, Camp Kinder Ring, Camp Lokanda, Camp Golden Slipper & Camp Greenwood Trails. Next up is Camp Louemma in Sussex, NJ! Check out Ali's website for the complete schedule at http://www.AliIsabella.com and visit the Camplified Site to learn about the tour http://www.Camplified.com

Montauk Music Festival April 18 & 19

May 10, 2013

Singer/Songwriter Ali Isabella will be featured on several stages at the 4th annual Montauk Festival http://www.themontaukmusicfestival.com Saturday, May 18th and sunday, May 19th in Montauk, NY this month.

Trailblazing 17-year-old Ali Isabella has accomplished what many her age only dream of while about to graduate high school this June. Headlining for two Pre-Grammy Parties, her debut single "New York City Country Girl" racing pup the charts, and a schedule booked with tours from NYRC's legendary clubs, to Wembley Arena in London, England, Ali Isabella is set to take the world by storm.

This past year, Ali's debut single "New York City Country Girl" reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart, and was #1 for four weeks on Billboard Country Hot 100 Singles Sales Charts.

Catch one of Ali's performances in Montauk! On Saturday, May 19th Ali will be performing her original songs in an acoustic set at Manucci's from 7:30-8:30 PM, as well as at Zum Schneider from 10:00-11:00 PM with her band. On Sunday, May 19th from 5:00-5:50 PM, Ali Isabella will be performing two sets at The Surf Lodge.

http://www.AliIsabella.com

Ali Isabella on FUSE News

April 10, 2013

Ali Isabella is featured on FUSE News TV in their "Fresh Cut Artist" Series April 10th. Ali is getting ready to break out in a big way. She's a typical 17 year old high school student drawing inspiration in her songs and lyrics from her everyday life. For Ali, music is the happy place in her life and a way that she can express her feelings. She credits Taylor Swift as a big inspiration and encourages all young people to be themselves and don't let others keep you from being true to your own heart. Currently performing in New York and Los Angeles, Ali will be on tour this summer. Watch the interview aired on FUSE News TV here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPC-A9uwBv8 3 Ali

LA Grammy Week!

What a fun and cool week! I was really happy to leave the cold and wet weather in New York for sunny and warmer temperatures (a little warmer at least!) and spend some time in LA songwriting, meeting industry people and performing at a couple of Pre Grammy celebration parties supporting the 55th annual awards and St Jude's Children's Hospital! Early in the week I spent some time songwriting with Andy Street http://www.andystreetmusic.com which is always a blast! Andy is so much fun to work with and our time proved to be very inspiring as we managed to write 3 new songs together :) And speaking of inspiring... I spent some time with some amazing people at Creative Visions Foundation in Malibu. I was introduced to The Dan Eldon Center and learned about his life from his mom Kathy Eldon. I was very touched by his story and his mom gave me a wonderful book about his life. It is absolutely the most inspiring thing I have ever read. Please check it out! http://www.creativevisions.org

In addition to meeting up with some great friends and hanging out at Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier, the highlight of my week were the performances at The Firm LA at LoftSEVEN celebrating the Grammy Awards and benefiting St Jude's Children's Hospital. My band came from New York (on the last flight before the big blizzard!!) and we had a blast performing on the rooftop! During the day there was a cool gifting suite and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone. And the sunshine!! It felt great :) Thank you to everybody who came to see the show! The evening performance was pretty cool too and I was honored to meet so many interesting people in the music business. LA is such a fun and exciting place to perform.

We flew home early on Sunday after my performances. So great to get home with my family and my dogs (I missed them!) and watch the Grammy Awards on TV :) I'm looking forward to my next trip to LA!!

xx Ali

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