ALONA

ALONA

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

City Free plays true to its title, revealing a refreshing sense of freedom from leaving the past behind...

Biography

Note: Alona is capable of filling both full band and acoustic billings.

The emotional core of singer/songwriter Candice AlonA was first heard on her captivating six-track debut EP, Maelstrom, as it navigated an intense, musical minefield through a story of tumultuous love and all of the complex emotions that came with it. Candice is now excited to be releasing her second AlonA EP, City Free, which finds the artist moving past much of the frustration and turmoil evident on Maelstrom into a new stage of exhilaration and promise. Mixed and mastered by Jay Frigoletto (India.Arie, INXS and Blondie) City Free is slated for an Internet-only release in late June followed by a traditional release in Fall 2008.

While AlonA’s debut EP, Maelstrom, dove deep into melancholy and rage over dysfunctional romance, City Free plays true to its title, revealing a refreshing sense of freedom from leaving the past behind. Candice AlonA stripped down the recording and producing side for this release by writing and producing with one collaborator instead of a full band and a separate producer. With the collaborative skills of local musicians, friend and up-and-coming French-born producer/songwriter Gyom, City Free was written and recorded in its entirety out of his home project studio. “It was a full collaboration on the songwriting,” she offers, “but he is totally responsible for all production and those instruments played on all the rock songs.”

Conceptually, Candice calls City Free “a purposeful departure from Maelstrom in multiple ways,” but a common thread is her bold and confident vocals, which drive these songs. There is a sense of freedom and elation in the exuberant “City Free,” which Candice reveals is “more a testament to a feeling than any specific occurrences.” Call it what you will: a step from the darkness into the light, an escape or a new beginning – this song launches an astounding sophomore effort.

The singer/songwriter-style pop of “Fade to Black” provides a pivotal moment of self -rediscovery – a statement to the absolute end of the tumultuous space Candice experienced during the period that she wrote the songs on Maelstrom. “The lyrics talk about the relationship like a metaphor for a “sad movie scene,” she explains, “and how it’s come time for a recasting and new direction in the plot.” Lines like “I’m OK as long as you’re far away,” provide some of the EP’s best lyrical hooks.

“Weightless” – a song Candice calls, “an anthem for those who dare to take the road less traveled,” is reminiscent of the melancholy melodies present on Maelstrom but reworked from the bitter and angry end into an almost celebratory, “sad but happy” and melodically passionate about it kind of emotional pop. “Weightless” is one of the best songs I feel I’ve written stylistically”, says Candice. “As far as an overall aim for sound, it lands right in the center.”

The EP’s final track, “Skyscraping” introduces a collaborative side project, The Ebony Bed which features Candice, producer K-Murdock (of Panacea) and graphic designer Aaron Hill. “Skyscraping” embodies a chill feel with urban flavors courtesy of K-Murdock’s smooth production set against Candice’s vocals. This ambitious track recalls the remixes from Maelstrom and again shows AlonA to be an artist of exceptional talent and vision who cannot easily be pigeonholed into one genre.

As Candice seeks to assimilate all facets of her music and her life, she pursues dual passions: while actively immersing herself in music, she is also pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. “These two realms naturally intersect for me,” Candice explains. “Lyrically, music provides both an emotional release and an emotional safe haven. I’ve always been an introspective and socially observant person. Songwriting is just another part of psychology and vice versa for me. They are both huge parts of who I am.”

AlonA performs frequently in the DC/Maryland area, sometimes with the full band but just as often with Candice accompanied only by her guitarist. “I love to get more intimate with the microphone in ways you can’t do with a full band,” she explains. “I think it’s easier to connect that way.” Clearly Candice AlonA has barely begun to plum the depths of her potential as a vocalist, songwriter, musician and recording artist. For more information on AlonA please visit her Myspace site at http://www.alonamusic.com.

- Gail Worley
Rock Critic At Large
http://www.worleygig.com

Notable Achievements:
Independently released 2 EPs

Digital distribution via MySpace, I-Tunes, Rapsody, Digistation and various other download sites.

Radio airplay on XM Satellite Radio, DC101, iChannel, internet radio and podcasts.

Played 60+ DC area & mid-Atlantic live shows since 2005

2005 Small Projects Grant Award - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
2005 Young Emerging Artist Grant Award- DCCAH
2006 Young Emerging Artist Grant Award - DCCAH
2007 Smal

Lyrics

This Missing

Written By: AlonA

Discourse, running through my memory
Keeps me
Missing all I loved about you
Takes me
So far away
Daydreams of you and I once making
One us

I feel the taste
I touch the smell
Of you so safe
Of you so well

You’ve been gone so long (we never got it down)
Can’t breathe my heart stops (feeling like it’s over and its)
Tearing me apart (a little more every day)
Cause you’ve been gone so long

Sundays sleeping in ignoring
Time lines
Sunlight’s slither gently warming
My eyes
You hold me tight
Don’t move, don’t disturb this groove here
Inside

I feel the taste
I touch the smell
Of you so safe
Of you so well

You’ve been gone so long (we never got it down)
Can’t breathe my heart stops (feeling like it’s over and its)
Tearing me apart (a little more every day)
Cause you’ve been gone so long

I can’t breathe without you

You’ve been gone so long (we never got it down)
Can’t breathe my heart stops (feeling like it’s over and its)
Tearing me apart (a little more every day)
Cause you’ve been gone so long

Discourse, running through my memory
Keeps me
Missing all I loved about you
Takes me
So far away

So far away...

Maelstrom

Written By: AlonA

I know it died that day
Such a pretty one that blade
But I should’ve walked away
Cause I didn’t know all that hate

Could crash in through the bedroom wall
The screams, the red, the murder
It’s too late now to stop the fall
Too late now…too late now

A beautiful disaster
When love makes you kill faster
Intercepting your fist
We just might get killed by this

Too late now to change your mind
My scream is in the chamber
Your trigger on my finger I

Cry out
Ahh Ohh

Come closer let me cut you out
With my tongue, your blade
Razor games

I’ll tear you open like the sky
The screams, the red, the murder
It’s too late now to change your mind

Ahh Ohh

Enough

Written By: AlonA

So this is love?
I’m constantly waiting, anticipating
So tired of
Love sucking me up to leave me untouched

All these shameless trade off’s
Leave pieces of me and air that you breathe
Just wish I’d give it up
Stop trying to change all the ways that you hate me I

Thought I’d be enough
Thought I was enough
Know I’ll be enough for someone else why don’t you

Go
Leave me here I’m better off alone

In this space
I love you, I hate you, wish I could make you
Things don’t change
Still somehow each time it’s some big surprise
Oh here I go again
“Ignoring your needs” by just being me
Can’t even be your friend
The look in your eyes still hurts every time

Thought I’d be enough
Thought I was enough
Know I’ll be enough for someone else why don’t you

Go
Leave me here I’m better off alone

Held on way too long
Knew it was over
Your love’s been long gone
You never loved me
It’s obvious that
I’m not what you need so

Go
Leave me here I’m better off alone
Just go
And let me be don’t want you anymore

Weightless

Written By: Candice A. Crawford

Weightless
Music by C. Crawford, Gyom
Lyrics by C. Crawford
©2007

Hey there lonely can you hear me
Screaming breathless across the midnight
I’ve got the key to free your prison
Can you save me from the charmed lie?

They don’t understand
They don’t comprehend
The brave and lonely ones

Let’s go far away
Go off to a place
So absurd and lovely
Tear drops turn to gold

Hey you my brave and lonely one
Dance on, weightless
You fireflies who raid the sun
Burn on shamelessly

Love you hold me live a lone flame
Rising up against the storm sky
You the rebel without a name
Cover me throughout the long night

They don’t understand
They don’t comprehend
The brave and lonely ones

Let’s go far away
Go off to a place
So absurd and lovely
Tear drops turn to gold

Hey you my brave and lonely one
Dance on, weightless
You fireflies who raid the sun
Burn on shameless…

Fade To Black

Written By: Candice Crawford

Fade To Black
Lyrics by C. Crawford
©2007

Sad movie scenes and melodies
they won’t leave me alone.
All those things we used to be
are everywhere I go.

And though it aches, I won’t break
it’s time I let you go.
‘Cause I’m ok as long as
you’re far away…

Watch me I’m putting in the mark
A new scene’s gonna start
And this movie’s going on
Without you cause you’re gone yeah.

Your scene is going dark
And fading from my heart
And this movie’s going on
Without you cause you’re gone yeah.

When you’re far away…

Every time you’d pick a fight
I lost a piece of me.
Now that you’re gone, the me I lost
is coming back to be.

And though I’m sad it’s not as bad
as you walkin’, walkin’ all over me.
And I’m ok as long as
you’re far away…

Chorus

All the times you made it clear
I meant little, so little to you dear.
Now your sorry is too late
someone else is in your place.

Sad movie scenes and melodies fade…

Discography

New EP, City Free Coming Summer 2008!

MAELSTROM - Release date August 4, 2007. 6 Track EP/Maxi Single Produced by Scott Spelbring (Cinder Road).

MAELSTROM track order-

The Missing
Maelstrom
EROSthanatos
Enough
The Missing - Panacea Remix
The Missing - Dirty Dex Remix

The Home Demo Sessions 4-song EP. 2005. featuring "Enough," "Take it Away," "The Reason," "Poisoning the Vein," and "Touch in Me" (acoustic).

Set List

1 Hour Original Set (Acoustic or Full Band)

Covers:
Waiting on the End of the World - Chris Cornell
Last Remaining Light - AudioSlave
Go Or Go Ahead - Rufus Wainwright
Since You Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
The Bottom Line - Depeche Mode
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Across the Universe - The Beatles
Like A Stone - Audio Slave
Preaching to the End of the World - Chris Cornell
Drive - Incubus