April showers (of occasional snow) bring May flowers? I hope?
Happy first couple weeks of Spring! We are finally getting closer to Summer (aka everyone's favorite season)! BUT, before we get all excited about school being let out... you must know that my band and I plan to tour 20 high schools in these remaining two months! We have teamed up with High School Nation and plan to be on the road any minute now. Once the dates are in, they will be posted here on my website, as well as on the Facebook page. Until then, reach out to us on Twitter @IMAliIsabella and let us know if you'd like us to come perform at your high school! Who knows, maybe we'll add a few more dates in there before Summer break?
Now, let's take a look at this past month...
On March 3rd, my band and I performed at the legendary Bitter End in NYC. What a blast that was! We always enjoy performing there - a great stage and an amazing sound system!
On March 12th, we returned to Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, NYC. We had a really fun time debuting a new song I recently recorded, "Ain't No Grave", as well some other new cover songs, such as "Rich Girl" (Hall & Oates) and "Lips Are Movin'" (Meghan Trainor).
Also, we squeezed in a surprise cover of Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead" this past month as well. This song is our all-time favorite country song to cover. We uploaded a video to my YouTube page, but if you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out below:
Additionally, up until present, I've been writing a lot in the city with a couple different songwriter/producers with a focus on Pop music. I know many of you have been waiting very patiently for me to release some new music, so I plan to do so this Summer with a 4 track EP. I hope to have some new songs ready to go by the time we start the high school tour so you can hear a little sneak peak. Make sure to keep checking back here for updates!
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 20:14
Will the cold ever end?
This month has been absolutely crazy with the weather! We've had a bunch of shows cancelled and then rescheduled, but still managed to have a great month playing Bowery Electric and the BMI Acoustic Lounge at Rockwood Music Hall.
On February 18th, we had our show at Bowery Electric. Great place, great people! Our set started at 10:30pm and we danced the night away with a bunch of great pop covers and some originals.
On February 24th, I was invited to play the BMI Acoustic Lounge. I shared the stage that night with another artist, Nisha. Check out the official poster:
Overall, the gig was super fun! We had a great crowd and each shared five original songs. Since the gig was acoustic, it was just me and Ryder (guitar) that night. I sang (in this order) "Love's Gonna Find You" (Ali Isabella, David Myhre, Susan Ruth), "Kiss the Back Of My Blue Jeans Goodbye" (Ali Isabella, Christian Velasco-Mills), "Remind My Heart" (Ali Isabella, Marty Dodson, Ryan Tyndell), "Crazy Beautiful Life" (Ali Isabella, JP Rende), and "Shame On You" (Ali Isabella, Chas Sandford). Shoutout to all my awesome cowriters for helping me create such great songs!
Me and Ryder with the BMI sign! We felt like superstars.
This upcoming month of March, we have a couple shows on the calendar, including March 3rd at The Bitter End at 9pm, and March 12th at Cafe Wha? at 7pm with Smoldr as the opening act. Each show has a $5 cover charge. RSVP to both events on my Facebook page. Hope to see you at one of them!
Also, something to be excited about... my band and I are about to embark on a high school tour with High School Nation. We are looking to start the tour within the upcoming month. Stay tuned for more details.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 19:25
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone’s 2015 is off to a great start!
Last month, on December 13th, I co-headlined a show with my good friend and co-writer, Matt Bednarsky, at Cafe Wha? in NYC. Such a fun venue! We both did 30-minute sets each, as well as performed our duet, “Drives My Heart Wild”, together.
Check out some pictures from that night:
On New Years Eve, my band and I performed at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, NY. It was a blast! We performed some originals, as well as some covers. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” were some of the new covers we added to the set. We were going to perform Hall & Oates “Rich Girl” as well, but there wasn’t enough time beforehand to practice it – oh well, next time!
Here are some pictures and a video of one of the covers:
Cover of John Mayer's "Waiting On the World To Change":
This month, I am returning back to Song Arts Academy and participating in the Advanced Writers Forum. Absolutely love what Song Arts Academy has to offer. It’s a great place to get feedback on your songs and songwriting, learn, network, and let your creativity shine through! I’m looking forward to sharing my songs and seeing what other writers think and suggest, as well as hearing other song creations.
On January 27th, I’ll be participating in the BMI Acoustic Lounge at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. The show starts at 8pm. I’ll be sharing the stage with a couple other singer/songwriters, performing original songs in a round. I’ve only performed at BMI’s 7@7 outside summer show, so I’m super excited and grateful for the opportunity to participate in their monthly Acoustic Lounge.
Looking ahead, I’ll be performing at the Millennium Music Conference (MMC) in Harrisburg, PA, in February. My band and I will be performing at Whiskey Ridge Saloon on Friday, February 19th. Check back here soon for more details regarding exact time. The event will be added to my Facebook page once the details are known.
Stay tuned… there are some more exciting things in the works!
Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 17:46
It’s December 1st! Happy Monday!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend with family and friends.
This past month, I performed at The Bitter End. The show was on Nov. 17th and I co-headlined it with my good friend and co-writer, Susan Ruth. It was such a blast! We had a great turnout and it was awesome to see all our friends, family, and fans there.
Fun fact: In the same month, about three years ago, I played my first ever show at The Bitter End with Susan. It was so much fun to go back to same venue three years later and do it again!
I also took part in a songwriting workshop run by Billy Seidman of Song Arts Academy. This workshop was overall such a fun experience! I met so many wonderful people here and was given new tools to further refine my abilities as a songwriter. In the five classes we had, I learned so much from Billy and immediately saw a difference in my approach to writing and rewriting songs. I love how Song Arts Academy makes you think. It puts your skills to the test and encourages you to really concentrate on your lyric content and overall story you’re trying to get across.
This month, I currently have two upcoming performances. On Dec. 13th, I’ll be co-headlining a show with Matt Bednarsky at Cafe Wha?. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm. Matt is flying in from Nashville and we are both very excited to be playing in a place that holds so much history! I’ve wanted to play Cafe Wha? for the longest time, and I am so happy that the time is finally here! Matt and I might even do a duet of a song that we wrote together for my second album. To find out, join us Dec. 13th at 7pm and don’t forget to make a reservation here: http://cafewha.com/event.cfm?id=182823&cart.
On New Years Eve, I’ll be headlining the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, NY. The night kicks off at 9pm and continues through 12am. My set will be just before the ball drops, as well as another one after. If you’re around, come on out to Peekskill and party into the New Year with us! Get your tickets here: http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/event/new-years-eve-party.
Looking forward to seeing some of you at these upcoming shows!
Happy holidays and happy New Year! See you all in 2015!
Make sure to follow my Facebook page and Twitter account to keep up to date with what I’m up to!
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 22:27