Though her music dips at times into blues and rock, Alice Wallace's music is undeniably folk at heart.
With a style that falls somewhere between the alt.country crooning of Emmylou Harris and the bluesy timbre of Bonnie Raitt, Alice draws from the simple and honest folk melodies she learned from her father when crafting her songs about life, love and the pursuit of that ever-elusive happiness.
Since releasing her debut album in November 2011, Alice has been garnering attention and praise from around the country for her blend of folk, blues, country and rock.
This year, Alice made the decision to quit her full-time job and devote her complete time and energy to her budding music career. Between that big decision, and Alice's nomination to compete in the Orange County Music Awards Best Live Band competition, Alice's list of press accolades has grown considerably in the past few months. Her performance in the OC Music Awards was called "polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun" by nationally-known Los Angeles radio station KROQ.
To capitalize on the momentum gained from the exposure from that competition, Alice has already begun booking several cross-country tours for the coming year, as well as tentative plans to tour in Europe at the start of 2014.
Alice Wallace - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Ryan Donohue - Vocals, harmonica and upright bass
Tom Bremer - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Evan Maloney - Drums
Debut album "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