"You get what you settle for"
Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out the Tapestry album. As a cat-obsessed six-year-old (some things never change), Ali honored her initial musical heroine by naming her very first kitten “Carole.” Over the years, the sweet melodies and lyrics penned by musical sages King, Dylan, Lennon and McCartney captivated her. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page’s seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to pick up the guitar.
Now based in Los Angeles, Ali unleashes sultry, groove-filled songs upon live audiences, setting the stage ablaze with fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. She holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing songwriters like ani difranco and formidable guitarists such as Jimmy Page. 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 female musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.
Ali's fourth full-length album, released by Red Parlor Records, is a collection of songs embodying the strength and sense of humor necessary to thrive as a woman in the 21st century. Cheeky songs like “I Love My Pussy.cat” and “Thank God For Birth Control” tap into her natural sass, while others, including “You Get What You Settle For” and “Better Man,” are chock full of an older sister’s tough love and the wisdom Ali has gained as she’s evolved as an artist and a woman.
Livin For Today
Lead vocals by Danny Wilde. You can hear Ali harmonizing with Danny & John in the choruses.
This song is unreleased and ONLY available here!
Breathing Underwater (2014)
While You're Here
Here's an exclusive shot from the photo shoot for the album "That's What She Said" (being released in Sept 2017).
The gorgeous Gibson I had the pleasure of posing with in May 2017. It was *really* hard to part with her!
so...you can see the professionalism inherent in my first band photo shoot experience... btw, how many bandanas can you find in this picture? ;) *sigh* I really hesitated before making this public, but I think it's too hysterical not to share! I mean, if we can't laugh at ourselves... oh yeah...we called ourselves "Crusader!!!" (and we were SERIOUS!) (I alternate between laughing and feeling overcome by waves of nausea, actually!! LOL)
PLEASE don't tell my mother about this!!!
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Les Paul - hands down!
3: What was the worst advice?
I can't remember! I must've blocked that out!
4: What was your first concert?
daytime: the Beach Boys (with my whole family, at Candlestick Park in SF) nighttime: Robert Plant (with my DAD!)
5: What/where is the best road food?
I'm on a quest to find it!
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"You get what you settle for" ~ the best piece of advice for music AND for life. I don't ever give up -- if I'd quit at the age when I was "supposed" to (by conventional music industry standards), I wouldn't have the amazing career and life I lead now.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
George Michael (musically). Brilliant songwriter, underrated producer, and of course, gorgeous singer.