Allister Bradley
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Allister Bradley

Wellesley, ON N0B 2T0, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF | AFM

Wellesley, ON N0B 2T0, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2004
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Portrait of a Talented Songwriter"

Imagine ambling into a dimly lit hotel bar in a city you’ve
never visited before.You order a stiff drink and flop into
some tattered velvety chair in the corner.You’re bored, alone
and in an unfamiliar place.
Just this one drink, you tell yourself, before you retire to
the lumpy bed in your room and try to drift off amid the glow
of infomercials. But then you hear some pretty piano chords
coming across the room, and you look over to see a young man
with shaggy blond hair tapping out a tune.
It’s soft, melancholic music that barely breaks through the
din of boozy conversations, but it still grabs your full attention.
“I’ve played it cool, called it smart,” the musician sings.
“Been untrue, I know I’ve broken someone’s heart.”
You wander over, drop some bucks in the tip jar on the
piano lid and settle back in your chair to listen all night.
This scenario is entirely fictional. It’s what my wandering
imagination concocted as I listened to the new album by local
singer-songwriter Allister Bradley.
Whether Bradley has ever played a hotel bar for tips, I
haven’t got a clue. But it certainly wouldn’t surprise me.
You know the Billy Joel song Piano Man? If it weren’t
about Billy himself, it could easily work as a biography of Allister
This new album is Bradley’s second — somewhat punningly
titled Too — and it is a portrait of a sensitive, talented
songwriter who has clearly been influenced by the likes of
Joel, Sting, Elton John and the rest.
Though the album begins shakily with the so-so sad song
Not Today, it gains momentum with the standout track Me
and the Ghosts of St. Andrews.
By momentum, however, I don’t mean excitement. This is a
low-key album full of love songs and crying-by-the-windowon-
a-rainy-day laments.
At times it teeters perilously close to muzak, but is saved
from that by the nice interplay of piano with guitars, drums
and surprisingly pleasant doses of accordion. Bradley’s style
of music is certainly not for every occasion, though if you’re
planning a quiet introspective evening at home — or in a hotel
bar — it would make for a fitting soundtrack.
Check out Bradley’s CD release concert at May 29, 8 p.m. at
The Gig Theatre. Tim Louis and Bunmi Adeoye open. Tickets
are $20 at the door. - The Waterloo Region Record


'No Games', 2004
'Too', 2008
'Never Came Down', 2011

Clips of all released tracks are available at

Featured tracks: 'If Ever I Cried', a current staple on Canadian Smooth Jazz radio, which earned Allister a nomination for Outstanding Songwriter at the 2006 Smooth Jazz Awards; 'Goodbye, Bedford Falls', nominated for a 2006 Toronto Independent Music Award; "What A Day", winner in both the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest and Mike Pinder's SongWars, 2008.



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He may have more in common with Dilbert than with Dylan, but this Canadian singer/songwriter/pianist will astound you with insight and emotion as he shares his view of the world in which we live.

Not that long ago, Allister Bradley left behind a senior corporate job to devote himself full-time to music. Three albums and many accolades later, he's definitely not looking back. His latest release, Never Came Down, was released in early July 2011. Bradley has described his sound as "Sting having cocktails with Norah Jones, while Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby argue over the cheque." Piano-dominated arrangements play in and out of various styles, from 70's R&B through emotional ballads and jazz-inspired pop, underneath lyrics ripe with emotion, social consciousness and occasionally a sense of humour. He spends more time in the studio than on the stage - Bradley's latest album was largely funded by prize money from local and international songwriting contests.

Recent acknowledgements: Top prize in 1st and 2nd Annual Cambridge Songwriting Competitions, 2009/2010;
1st Place winner in the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, Multiple winner in Mike Pinder's SongWars (2008, 2009), and top 20 in 2008 Unisong International Song Contest - the video for the song placed 3rd in the 2008 Within Earshot Video contest;
People's Choice win and 4th place finish in the 2008 Unisong International Song Contest, 2006 Big Boom Entertainment Award presented by producer/songwriter Justin Gray;
award nominations in the 2006 and 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, in the category of Best Original Composition.

Add to all this, his work as producer/engineer, session musician, web developer, film composer and songwriting mentor, and its plain to see his corporate career is truly a thing of the past.

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