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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!!
Happy New Year! This past year has definitely been a whirlwind for me, but at the same time, also a fun one! From Wembley Arena in the UK to places such as the Pre Grammy parties for Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder in Los Angeles, CA to Central Park and Grand Central Station back here in NY, I have had the most amazing time playing with my band, meeting other musicians, songwriting, recording, and of course seeing all of you lovely people (the fans!). I want to thank each and every single one of you for supporting my music – it honestly means the world to me!
I’m especially proud of my songwriting this past year, celebrating my release of my album in the UK in February and then in the US through AIX records in June was amazing! And then the surprise of my first US single NY City Country Girl charting on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales Charts and even topping the Billboard Country Hot Single Sales for four weeks! Also in June I was selected for The New Music Seminar’s ‘Artist On The Verge” – Top 100 chart. I will always remember what fun it was to perform with my band in New York as a featured new artist during their music festival. Other firsts this year that I’ll never forget were appearances on FOX 5 Good Day New York, Central Park’s International Peace Day, Grand Central Station Metro North Getaway Days, Westchester Ridge Hill’s first annual tree lighting ceremony and filming the Take Time To Be Kind Thanksgiving Special for Community Auditions at Foxwoods Resort Hard Rock Cafe!
In this New Year, I will be releasing new music, so make sure to keep an eye out for that! Plans are under way now for another album! Also, I will be performing a whole lot more so stay connected with me on my website http://www.aliisabella.com. I’m also looking forward to my role this Spring as a March of Dimes Youth Ambassador for the Northern Metro Division Spring Walk for Babies. I’m excited that I can give back to my community through my music to help this wonderful organization help babies and families.
Stop by and LIKE my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IMaliisabella, and follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/IMAliIsabella. 2013 will be full of surprises and I want to share them with you first! I’ve got a FREE mobile app available from the apple or android app stores…another great way to keep in touch with me and hear my latest releases!
Once again, thank you for supporting me – love you all! 2013 is going to be the best year yet and I look forward to seeing you all at my shows!
xoxo, Ali Isabella
I filmed my first TV special this past weekend at Foxwood's Hard Rock Cafe with Community Auditions Star of the Day. The special will benefit the March of Dimes. I am honored to say that I was recently asked to be the Youth Ambassador for the Babies Division for March of Dimes in Westchester & The Hudson Valley regions of NY. My journey started with a tour of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at The Westchester County Medical Center in August. Here I learned first hand about the wonderful programs that The March of Dimes has sponsored to help babies, those born healthy and those born who need help to survive and thrive. I'm determined in my music to give back and I am so happy to do this for the March of Dimes. They are a wonderful organization and I am very happy to be involved with programs that help children.
During the special that we filmed at Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods, I sang four of my original songs and visited with the host of Community Auditions Ramiro, and special guest host Gretchen Rossi. They asked me lots of questions about not only my music but also about my role with The March of Dimes. It was an awesome experience and an opportunity that I am very grateful for. The special will air on the East Coast during Thanksgiving weekend so stay tuned to my website http://www.aliisabella.com for announcement when the special will air. It was a great day and I really enjoyed working with everyone - the crew was awesome! I encourage everyone to Take The Time To Care!! For more information about The March of Dimes..visit their website http://www.marchofdimes.com and learn more about them and how you can help too :)
TV Schedule for TAKE THE TIME TO CARE / Community Auditions Special Episode featuring Ali Isabella:
Saturday November 24 11:30 AM ENAC TV Providence "My R.I. TV" 10:30 PM WPXT TV Portland "Portland's CW" 12 Mid WBZ TV Boston CBS Ch 4
Sunday November 25 12 Noon WSBK TV38 Boston "MYTV" 12 Noon WPXT TV Portalnd "Portland's CW" 12 Mid WWLP TV-22 Springfield NBC
Monday November 26 1:00 AM WBZ TV Boston CBS Ch 4
Summer was amazing! I can't believe it's September and time for school. This past week I've been catching up with music work and just thinking about the amazing opportunities I've been given. So many lovely people have helped me to make my dreams come true! Being able to perform as Ali Isabella and to create music and lyrics has been very special.
Performing was definitely a high point of the summer. I performed at some cool venues in New York City like Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, The Studio At Webster Hall, Arlene's Grocery, The Bitter End and the Friars Club! I also played a lot of venues in Westchester County, my favorite being The Bayou in Fleetwood. My band and I play here monthly and I love it because my friends come and hang out with me and my band and I try out a lot of my new music here.
I spent a lot of time in Nashville this summer too writing and recording. So much fun!! I have a new project I've been working on with Chas Sandford which I am very excited to finish and let everyone hear the new music!! The rest of my days in between performances and writing were filled with press meetings, filming my music video Crazy Beautiful Life and my video blogs. Oh, and I hung with my friends too and managed to find a few days where I could just sleep in and relax!! Ahhh...I love summer :) And will miss it dearly, but September is going to keep me busy with music and school so I guess I won't have too much time to think about it!! LOL
Hope your back to school year is going well and keep watching my website and Facebook: www.facebook.com/IMAliIsabella for all my exciting news!
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Last week was such a blast! I started Sunday with a performance back at the Living Room in New York City with my band (www.livingroomny.com). I played here in June for the New Music Seminar too. We had a great show and every time we play I learn something new! The Living Room is very cozy so I decided to try a little something more casual with my wardrobe - pants. Didn't work! I like being a little more dressed up when I perform and I like wearing bright colors :) It makes a difference when you are in front of the audience. It's funny, but these are things you really have to think about when you put on a show! After rehearsals early in the week with the band, some radio interviews and some songwriting sessions, I headed Thursday to Arlene's Grocery (www.ArlenesGrocery.net). This was my first time performing at this New York City venue and I had an amazing show! Everything clicked :) Acoustics were great, I wore a fun dress and I had enough room on the stage to move around a bit and even dance with the band! Shows like this give me so much confidence as a performer and they are so fun! After the show I stayed up almost all night just playing guitar...I didn't want the music to end.
The week couldn't have ended better for me! Saturday, I performed at The Bayou in Mount Vernon to a full house! Out of all the performances this week, I would have to say that The Bayou was my favorite because all of my friends came and the March of Dimes also stopped by for the set to see me perform! On top of that, I played guitar for the first time in front of an audience! With guitar, I covered "Our Song" by Taylor Swift, and my band backed me up on it. I was a little nervous at first but it all came together so well! I'll be performing now once a month at The Bayou which is great because it gives me a chance to try out new songs with my band and also my friends, family and neighbors can all come to see me (www.bayourestaurantny.com).
This week, I'm doing a lot of press interviews as well as a photo shoot for new pictures! I am so excited because my favorite photographer Ana Monique (www.anamoniquephotography.com) will be shooting me, and we are going to take pictures at different locations in New York City! Working with Ana is always so much fun! She loves music too and we laugh a lot. I will keep everyone updated on how the shoot goes, as well as the interviews that I will be doing! For all the latest, follow all my social media links :) In the meantime, check out my interview with Ray DeTone that's on my Youtube Channel (www.youtube.com/AliIsabella)! Fun fact: Ray's first job was at a ravioli factory!
Life as usual has been pretty exciting as of late! This past week my debut single "New York City Country Girl" reached #14 on the coveted Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart and was even #1 for 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Sales Chart!! I also made my first LIVE Television appearance last Thursday August 2nd on the top rated FOX 5 Morning Show Good Day New York. Then it was off to a showcase at the legendary Friars Club in Manhattan and a performance to cap the week at the iconic Webster Hall www.TheStudioAtWebsterHall.com with my Band!
My NEW single Crazy Beautiful Life was released August 3rd. One of the tracks on my album Say You'll Be Mine, this song probably means the most to me. It helped me get through a very difficult time in my life dealing with friendship issues. Songs are my way of coping and keeping others from getting the best of me...Crazy Beautiful Life will alway be near and dear to my heart. I'm off this week to perform in New York City and Westchester NY..check out my events and join us! Here's my latest video blog too so check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxzHGJvZ31g
Stay tuned to my Facebook page www.facebook.com/IMAliIsabella and follow me on Twitter @IMAliIsabella for all my latest updates :) Ali 3
One of the greatest things about writing my songs is when people listen to them and like them. My fun song New York City Country Girl that I wrote with Anton Mullan in Bristol, England is still on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart and Music Row Charts this week!! Radio spins are on the up and up and every day I get notes from people telling me how much they like my song. Thanks so much to my fans for all the support!!
Later this week I'm looking forward to a road trip back to Secret Sound Studio www.secretsound.co. I've been working on some exciting new projects with Chas Sandford and rocking out in the studio! Going from New York City to the panoramic fields of Secret Sound is absolutely amazing. I've found so much pop music inspiration in the middle of country fields and it definitely doesn't hurt that Chas has an awesome collection of guitars that I can play .
When co-writing new songs with Chas, we never know where the day leads us but that's part of the excitement. It creates a bond and a rapport that makes for great songwriting. The creativity is very contagious at Secret Sound. I love going from my notebook straight to the microphone - it's writing and singing "in the moment" at its' best!! It really captures exactly how I am feeling about each song. I cannot wait to share my new songs with everyone!
Check out my Facebook page for updates and some cool pictures this week :).
I'd love it too if you "liked" my page and checked out all the exciting new videos on my Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/AliIsabella?feature=guide
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I had a great time a few weeks ago at The New Music Seminar. It was such an honor to be named to the Top 100 Artist on The Verge List! I also spent some time attending some of the sessions at the seminar and found them incredibly helpful for me. As a young artist, I'm very interested in taking an active role in my future. I've got a great team of people around me helping me and I want to learn everything I can to become a successful artist.
I love writing songs and I love performing. I am unique. I am a singer/songwriter with pop and country influences and there's even a little inner rocker inside of me! Music is a blast!
Check out my single What If featured on New Music Seminar Artist On The Verge 2012, Vol. 1 released by Tommy Boy Entertainment, LLC. It's available on iTunes now! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-music-seminar-artist-on/id533216718