Since the release of her debut album in 2011, southern California-based singer/songwriter Alice Wallace has been garnering attention both locally and throughout the U.S. for the strength of her vocals and the personal style of her songwriting. And on her forthcoming album, “A Thousand Miles From Home,” Alice displays the maturity that has come with spending a large part of the last two years on the road, bringing her music to fans across the country.
Alice quit her full-time job in March of 2013 to immerse herself in her music career, though she already had several tours under her belt by the time she made that decision. In the last two years, Alice has toured through more than 30 U.S. cities and eight states. She has played at festivals from California to Ohio, and continues to expand her nationwide fan base with each tour she books.
With a voice described as “gilded lightning” by one reviewer, Alice’s music has always been heavily influenced by modern folk singers like Patty Griffin and Brandi Carlile. But her style is also rooted strongly in the iconic voices that have defined folk and country music for decades: Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Linda Rondstadt. Those influences are even more evident on the new release, as compared to Alice’s debut. The new compositions range from soulful blues to twangy country, displaying the range of Alice’s vocal and songwriting abilities across the folk, country and blues spectrums.
Alice moved to the Los Angeles area in 2008 from her home state of Florida armed with only a rough demo of recordings and an idea to try her hand at a music career. She had picked up the guitar at age 16 after growing up in a house where folk and country music were a regular presence.
Alice’s childhood evenings were often spent listening to her parents singing duets to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris songs, and it was a natural progression for Alice to pick up the guitar and start doing the same. Almost immediately, she began to pen her own compositions about life and love, and would play her songs at open mics, talent shows and anywhere else she could find an audience.
Once in southern California, Alice threw herself into the performing circuit - steadily attracting larger audiences and landing opening spots with well-known artists like Lisa Loeb, Shawn Mullins, Sophie B. Hawkins and Shawn Colvin.
She recorded her debut album, “Sweet Madness” in late 2011 at the Compound Studio in Long Beach, Calif. (which has hosted the likes of Ryan Bingham and the Coldwar Kids), with help from engineer and producer Anthony Arvizu.
That first professional recording helped Alice get attention from local and regional press for her songwriting and performances. She began to plan local and regional tours, both solo and with her full band, expanding her reach outside of the southern California sphere. In early 2013, she was invited to compete in the Orange County Music Awards’ Best Live Band competition, and LA radio station KROQ called her performance in the competition “polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun.”
Alice’s new album was recorded at The Music Box Studios in Tustin by producer Jon O’Brien, whose credits include early recordings of rock/pop band Young the Giant, as well as many of southern California’s most successful independent bands: Yellow Red Sparks, Jeramiah Red, Nicole Vaughn and more. The new effort showcases a more refined songwriting style from Alice, gained from consciously studying the women songwriters who so strongly influence her music, as well as from relentlessly touring and performing across the country since her debut release.
Visit www.AliceWallaceMusic.com for information about the release of “A Thousand Miles From Home” and tour dates across the U.S. for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.
Alice Wallace - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
LP: "A Thousand Miles From Home", to be released Oct. 22, 2013
LP: "Sweet Madness", released Nov. 19, 2011
Alice Wallace isn't afraid to jump into the "Sweet Madness" of music
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A rare songbird nestled in the wild, untamed forest of local singer-songwriters, Alice Wallace has h...A rare songbird nestled in the wild, untamed forest of local singer-songwriters, Alice Wallace has her musical ascension almost figured out. Sipping her tea with an unwavering sense of confidence mixed with her straight-forward, sincere demeanor, Wallace says she’s finally ready to jump off that cliff, fiscal or otherwise, and fly. Her flight plan is just waiting for her to take off.
OC Music Awards Night 2
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Alice Wallace took the stage right after with a completely different vibe; polished, vibrant, and wi...Alice Wallace took the stage right after with a completely different vibe; polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun that her recordings don’t accurately capture.
Review: Sweet Madness
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With Sweet Madness, Alice Wallace displays an immense amount of talent, most notably in the quality ...With Sweet Madness, Alice Wallace displays an immense amount of talent, most notably in the quality of her voice, which is gilded lightning. Her lyrics may be relatively simple, but they are powerfully emotional and deeply personal, while her music is well crafted and often spot-on to the mood she’s looking to create. It’s not a perfect album, but for a first effort it is stunning, far better than many notable artists produce at the height of their careers. My only worry is that her influences are so broad that it’s hard to pin her into any one category, possibly making her hard to market. Nevertheless, her music has a rare quality of being both intrinsically high in quality and accessible enough to have hit potential. Anyone who listens to Alice Wallace now can’t help but expect even greater achievements in the future, and you’d be well served to get in on the ground floor by picking up a copy of Sweet Madness today.
Alice Wallace soothes and rocks with 'Sweet Madness'
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Alice Wallace has had her heart broken. You can tell in her music. But she won’t break yours. Rat...Alice Wallace has had her heart broken. You can tell in her music. But she won’t break yours.
Rather, the former Gainesville resident and newspaper writer will soothe you, rock you and make you think with her powerful new CD “Sweet Madness.”
She is gifted with a flair for lyrics and a voice that commands attention. That little twang that is reminiscent of Emmylou Harris in the first cut, “Always,” is welcome, and the song will have you wondering about your significant other in a new way.
Wallace can get bluesy, plaintive and downright sad, but all those emotions are part of real life, which translates into very real music.
Wallace lives in California now, and the left coast’s gain is definitely the East Coast’s loss, but you can hear her online with just a couple of keyboard clicks.
“Sweet Madness” is available through www.alicewallacemusic.com and CDBaby.com; or purchase it in digital form on iTunes and Amazon.
There are nine cuts on this excellent album, which features a tight backup band. The style is broad enough to be interesting (“Sweet Madness”) and funky enough to be addicting (“Baby I Do”). Wallace is a flat-out great singer and songwriter. Plus, she can yodel up a storm.
Listen to “Sweet Madness” soon so you can say you were on the crest of the wave that swept this young woman to rock-star status.
An Interview with Alice Wallace
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"As far as folk singers go, Alice Wallace is one to watch. The Orange County-based artist has just r..."As far as folk singers go, Alice Wallace is one to watch. The Orange County-based artist has just released an album, and is getting ready to embark on a West coast tour all in the next few months. It’s a busy time for the Florida native, but the future looks bright for this folksy singer/songwriter.
Her music, as equally charming as she, is a mixture of melodies that span various genres, making her songs appeal to a wider audience."
Album Review - Sweet Madness
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"Sweet Madness is a rich album, filled with emotion and surprising turns that are sensuous and invit..."Sweet Madness is a rich album, filled with emotion and surprising turns that are sensuous and inviting. So, welcome to an album that makes honey off the lovelorn maddening days."
Original songs including:
Tell Me Something
Baby I Do
Those Fairy Tales
A Little Yodel
Cover songs including:
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Leaving on a Jet Plane - John Denver
Angel from Montgomery - John Prine
Creepin' In - Norah Jones
Runaway - Bonnie Raitt
Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
The Way I am - Ingrid Michaelson
1,2,3,4 - Feist
Rolling in the Deep - Adele