Six years ago I met AliT (Alison Turner) at our first ever college icebreaker, and from that moment on we were inseparable. As we got to know each other, Ali told me that she was a singer/songwriter and played some of her songs for me... I was instantly obsessed. Her style is alternative and indie pop, but what really hooks you are the lyrics. I have heard deep lyrics before, but hearing one of your best friends pour her heart out in a beautiful ballad, it changes the way you listen to music.
Ali is originally from Royalton, Vermont and has always considered herself an introvert but she channeled that energy into her songwriting skills, and it definitely paid off. She mainly performs in New England and New York City. AliT has even booked gigs at The Bitter End, this is a bar that housed performances by Lady Gaga and Bob Dylan before they became famous.
AliT released her debut album titled "Break" on iTunes on March 2015. This album featured songs that she wrote throughout her college career and some older ones. My personal favorites are "One Like Me", "Spring (Come What May)", "Sitting Pretty", "Libido", and "Girl Meets World". All five of these songs show a different side of AliT, and that is why I love her so much, she can be whomever she wants artistically and still remain true to herself. You can purchase her album here.
I had the opportunity of interviewing AliT and wanted to share with you an insight into who AliT is.
1. When and how did you begin writing songs?
- "It was summer in Vermont, and I was a little seven-year-old walking around in the field above my house and I was singing a song I wrote (it had to have been a pretty stupid song – I mean, I was seven) but I remember saying out loud, 'I wrote my first song when I was seven.' I wanted to remember because at that time I was all about becoming the next Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera. I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a big part of my life – when I was one or two my mom found me in our kitchen cupboard banging on pots and pans. There wasn’t a time I was like, 'I’m going to be a singer and write my own songs,' it is just something I have always done."
2. Who are your influencers and inspirations?
- "I have had several inspirations over the years. In third grade it was Avril [Lavigne] who really made me want to pick up a guitar. Then in sixth grade it was Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’. Jump ahead 13 years and I listen to a lot of different music – pop, metal, punk, rock, indie/alternative, jazz, and every sub-genre in between; and nothing directly influences my music. There are so many artists I think are musical and lyrical geniuses, but if you listen to one of my songs you may never hear anything that sounds like them. That is one of the things I think makes me unique."
3. What are your three favorite songs that you have written?
- "When I released One Like Me in 2013, everyone immediately loved it. Before I even finished it a lot of people told me how much they liked it – so naturally I fell in love with it too. I would also add Sitting Pretty to my top 3 favorites because it is the only song I produced with no guitar in it at all – which is different for me. It sounds mysterious and sexy and when I perform it live acoustically, it’s still mysterious and sexy. Nights Like These is probably my favorite at the moment. It’s one of my new songs from my EP ‘No Interruptions’ so it brings my love of grunge to the forefront - and the harmonies stick in my head."
4. What are your goals as a singer/songwriter?
- "I’m an over-thinker. When I think too much or too far ahead I freak myself out. So right now I’m trying to make good music, perform it wherever people will let me, get a following, and see if luck meets me somewhere along the way. I would love to get on the Coachella line-up. I would love to play Red Rocks in Colorado. I would love to be able to pay my cell phone bill. I would also love a Grammy. There are a lot of tough goals that keep me up at night – but at least if these things never happen, I am doing what I love and that is good enough."
Below are some of AliT's memorable songs, you can subscribe to her channel here. Fun fact: I directed and edited the music video for "One Like Me" as a college project.
If you want to know more about AliT, you can go to her website here.
I believe in AliT, she is a wonderful woman and performer. There is no doubt in my mind that she will go very far.