Ali Handal

Ali Handal

 Los Angeles, California, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Coming off as some child of ani difranco and Jimmy Page, Handal has the guitar chops and fierce voice to knock you on your butt."
~ Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Sultry songstress Ali Handal knows her way around a great song and a magnetic performance."
~ Fender Frontline Live

Biography

New York-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Ali Handal holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing singer-songwriters. She sets the stage ablaze with groove-heavy songs, fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. Music Connection magazine describes her as “earthy, natural, real and loaded with talent…a singer/songwriter with something to say… a gifted artist who brings insight and intelligence to her art.” 

When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.” Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit shows like Sex and the City, Dawson’s Creek and iCarly. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice for aspiring musicians worldwide. www.AliHandal.com

Lyrics

I Miss You

Written By: Ali Handal

I miss you

I didn't call to make you angry
I didn't call to hear you cry
I didn't call to prove you wrong
I didn't call to say I�m right

But before I let you go, I just need you to know

I miss you tonight
I miss you tonight

I didn't call to make you sorry
I didn't call to hear you lie
I didn't call to make you feel misunderstood
I didn't call to change your mind

But before I let you go, I just need you to know

I miss you tonight
I miss you tonight

I won't take much of your precious time away
But before you go I really need to hear you say�

I miss you

Distance

Written By: Ali Handal

I kinda like knowin the phone's always for me
I kinda like not needing a referee
I kinda like taking control of the remote
I kinda like casting the one and only vote

but still, but still...

From a distance the sweet outweighs the bitter
and the right outweighs the wrong
From a distance I think I'll forgive you
and I won't stay away too long

I kinda like no compromises
I kinda like not explaining why that is
I kinda like lettin down my guard
I kinda like not always trying so damn hard

but still, but still...

From a distance the sweet outweighs the bitter
and the right outweighs the wrong
From a distance I think I'll forgive you
and I won't stay away too long

I kinda like the way you hold me when I cry
I'd kinda like to give us one more try

Breathing Underwater

Written By: Ali Handal

I found you on your island warm and dry
you never waded in over waist high
but my home is far from shore and the current runs strong
and I cannot stay in shallow water for long

I’m breathing underwater
I’m not fighting for air
I may drown in the deep
but I don’t care

cuz I love you and you love me
but I cannot make you swim with me

My skin is glistening listening to you lie
beside me on terra firma explaining why
For a few precious moments I felt alive
and I don’t know how but I know I’ll survive

I’m breathing underwater
I’m not fighting for air
I may drown in the deep
but I don’t care

cuz I love you and you love me
but I cannot make you swim with me
swimming in the deep

I know it’s safer in the water you tread
but I’d rather dive in over my head

I’m breathing underwater

You're Worth More

Written By: Ali Handal and Austin Willacy

He has a certain knack for making you feel two feet tall
Yet you insist that he’s the only reason you’re still standing up at all
He likes to keep you locked in his gilded little cage
To protect you from yourself and make sure his every command is obeyed

And I can’t stand to watch you swallow the scraps he feeds you as you hold your nose

Cause you’re worth more
You’re worth more
You’re worth more
Don’t you know you’re worth
More than that

His compliments all slide from the back side of his hand
And he pays just enough to keep you coming
Running to comply with his demands

And I can’t stand to watch you wallow, drowning in the drama that you chose

Cause you’re worth more
You’re worth more
You’re worth more
Don’t you know you’re worth
More than that

But I can see the day you set yourself free
And I believe that one day you will see
The strength I see in you

Cause you’re worth more
You’re worth more
You’re worth more
Don’t you know you’re worth
More than that

You're Still With Me

Written By: Ali Handal and a girl named jaen

All that’s left of you is love
You’re still with me every day
I hold you in my heart and I give you away

It hasn’t hit me that you’re gone
I’ve been far too busy staying strong
How can I believe that all that’s left of you is love?

Where has the rest of you gone?
What’s it like to feel so free?

Are you floating in the clouds? Watching over me?
Are you resting in the earth? The ground supporting me?
Are you rustling the leaves? Whispering to me?

We didn’t get to say goodbye
But I still hear you all the time
such a mystery
Now all that’s left of you is love

Where has the rest of you gone?
And what’s it like to feel so free?

Are you skating on the moon, beaming down on me?
Singing with the birds, serenading me?
Harnessing the wind, drying my tears?

All that’s left of you is love
You’re still with me every day
I hold you in my heart and I give you away

Shut Your Mouth

Written By: Ali Handal and a girl named jaen

You say you wanna make time for me but tonight you have to work late
You say you wanna lose ten pounds while you butter the bread on your plate
that cigarette you’re smoking is sure to be your last
But I can’t even count the times you’ve quit in the past

I’m tired of hearing you
Why don’t you try something new?

The ones who talk the loudest always have the least to say

You claim I’ll be a household name if I sign on your dotted line
You claim that you’re the only game I can play to make my star shine
Oh, you’ve got big plans but you never follow through
And the only one believing the hype that you create is you

I’m tired of hearing you
Why don’t you try something new?

The ones who talk the loudest always have the least to say

Shut your mouth and do something
Promises they don’t impress me
Talk is cheap and way too easy
I prefer to wait and see

The ones who talk the loudest always have the least to say

It's Up To Me

Written By: Ali Handal & Jay Gore

Are you hangin’ on for dear life, are you squeezin’ your eyes shut tight?
Are you resistin’ every hair-pin turn with all your might?
Unwrap your hands from the safety bar
Relax your grip or you won’t get far in this life

I know how it feels to wanna let go

It’s up to me!
How do you wanna ride?
It’s up to me!
I’m gonna make me feel alright

Are you holding your tongue and waiting for your turn?
And are you tying your gut into knots as you silently burn?
Sing out your truth, don’t play it down
Step out of line and grab that crown with both hands

I’ve gotta be brave and pave my own way

It’s up to me!
How do you wanna ride?
It’s up to me!
I’m gonna make me feel alright

Are you sayin’ “yes” when you wanna say no?
Are you workin’ overtime when it’s time to come home?
You can blame your job, your industry
But that won’t get you where you want to belong

stand up for yourself and say it out loud

It’s up to me!
How do you wanna ride?
It’s up to me!
I’m gonna make me feel alright

Pin Me Down

Written By: Ali Handal

Well I thought I’d kicked the habit the last time you left town
but now you’re back temptation’s gonna try to drag me down
you strut your stuff in front of me just to sell your merchandise
and it’s takin’ all the strength I can muster up to keep myself from buyin’

But I’ve been down that road too many times
and your body is the best drug that I know…
though it’s time for me to go clean and you don’t love me oh--

Pin me down, fill me up
I need just a little taste of another dose from your cup
let me breathe you in, I’ll blow your mind
and I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow

Well last night was the last time your poison needle sticks me
and I feel the rush of you into my veins
But I can’t take the shakes I feel every time I come down
I need my fix and it’s getting hard to breathe

‘Cause we’ve been down that road too many times
and you’re cravin’ me as much as I dig you…
though it’s time for you to go home and you don’t love me oh--

Pin me down, fill me up
I need just a little taste of another dose from your cup
let me take you in, I’ll turn you out
and I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow

Well I know that you’re no good for me
but what’s good for me don’t feel as good as you…
though it’s time for me to let go, I just can’t say no--

Pin me down, fill me up
I need just a little taste of another dose from your cup
let me break you in, I’ll wear you out
and I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow
yeah I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow

Last Lullaby

Written By: Ali Handal

You take my pillow tonight
Even if you can’t sleep
Just rest your little sweet head
and I’ll watch over you…watch over you

We share a simple, true love
No words need be spoken
Devoted as mother and child
our bond can’t be broken

and I won’t sleep if you can’t
no I won’t sleep till you can

Cradling you in my arms
Is all that I can do
I can’t take away your pain
But I can see you through

And I won’t sleep if you can’t
No I won’t sleep till you can

I will stay with you
And I will see you through
All the way through…tonight

Discography

Guitar For Girls -- Guitar Method Book - 2012
Make Your Move - 2010
New Thoughts - 2006
Breathing Underwater - 2004
Dirty Little Secret - 2000

Also, several songs have been featured in TV shows and in films, such as Sex in the City, Joan of Arcadia, Dawson's Creek, & several shows on MTV, VH-1 & more.

Songs from Ali's commercially released CDs have received airplay on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on KCRW (LA, CA).

Ali sang on Neil Young's anti-war CD, "Living With War."

Ali has co-written and performed with legendary songwriter Paul Williams ("We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Rainbow Connection").

Set List

Ali can perform any length set from 2 songs to 2 hours of primarily original music. She tours solo-acoustically, and, budget-permitting, with her full rock band.

Australian and American audiences have enthusiastically embraced Ali's unique covers of AC/DC's "It's A Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock n Roll" and Torn (made famous by Aussie Natalie Imbruglia). Another audience favorite is her full-band, heavy-rocking version of "My Sharona."

Ali tailors her song choices to the gig: she has a wide variety of material ranging from funky*sexy rock tunes to introspective, empowering songs.

She has a full hour's worth of material suitable for tweens & teens (empowering and non-sexual), and has performed her positive & uplifting material at workshops, coporate events and "New Thought" churches across the country.