Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Style: Indie Pop-Rock Music
Description: A crimson silk voice set to deceptively lovely pop tunes. In the same vein as Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, Alyse combines jazz sensibilities with a pop sound to create sensual music that is winning the hearts of fans across many genres.
Alyse was born into a house of Ragtime piano and musical theater. Her father taught her her first notes on the piano before she can remember. She first ventured onto a stage alone to sing at age six. She began violin at 10. She quit violin at 11. About that time, she retained her first classical voice lesson. She made an extended jaunt to Peru shortly thereafter, and then made her first international choir tour at 14. Next was an extended jaunt to France. She began to toy with a guitar around 15. Somewhere in there she made another extended jaunt to France. She first recorded in a studio at 17. At 18, Alyse felt the call of the singer-songwriter but couldn't follow. She then freaked out and didn't turn in completed application to Juilliard at 19. After high school, she lived for a year in Germany then lived for a while in Prague, too. Oddly enough, she went to business school and entered the corporate world. It didn't take long to realize that was a mistake. So she left to sing on the streets of Pike Place Market in Seattle.
Alyse's main influences are Tori Amos, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Billie Holiday, Ani Difranco, Portishead, Nina Simone, Sarah McLachlan, Bjork, Eliott Smith, Tom Waits, Fiona Apple, Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Jude, Mazzy Star, Sparklehorse, Cranberries, Poe, Sarah Vaughan, Led Zepplin, Irene Kral, The Gypsy Kings, Nine Inch Nails, K's Choice, The Police, and Nirvana.
Alyse's latest release, "Musical Chocolate for the Discerning Ear," is an EP with her samba-love song-jazz group, Thursty Love. This fall she will release her singer-songwriter debut LP, "Too Much & Too Lovely." Though it's multifarious ways are *most difficult* to classify, "indie pop with jazz influences" will have to do for now.
ALYSE BLACK RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM
Seattle Pop-Jazz Singer-Songwriter Releases Solo Album “Too Much & Too Lovely”
SEATTLE, WA - Alyse Black is eclectic to say the least. From trekking in Nepal to roadtripping the USA. From working for the US House of Representatives in high school to starring in musicals. Completing business school, running marathons, building schools in developing nations, completing modeling school, and living in many other countries. Alyse Black has had an eclectic life, so it's no wonder her musical influences are quite varied as well.
While Alyse's songwriting could be likened to the playful jazziness of Regina Spektor, Alyse's voice has been described as a cross between the voices of Tori Amos and Norah Jones. Because Alyse's major influences run the gamut from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits, the tracks of "Too Much & Too Lovely" are at once quirky and sultry.
Seattle-based professional musicians Hans Brehmer (piano), Mark Oi (guitar), Patrick McDanel (bass), Cody Rahn (drums), and Jeff Miller (trumpet) added their respected talents to the project.
The album was recorded and mixed by Reed Ruddy at Seattle's Studio X and mastered by Will Quinnell at New York's Sterling Sound.
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