Alli Walker, named Top Country’s ‘Top Female Artists of 2019’, and nominated for Rising Star at the 2020 CMAO’s (Country Music Association of Ontario Awards), is a Prince Edward Island raised country music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who moved to Toronto when she was 19 to ‘chase the dream’. After a decade of hundreds of gigs and songs written later, she released her Top 10 iTunes charting independent debut album called ‘The Basement Sessions’ in 2019.
“I spent 10 years getting my feet wet in the music industry. I didn’t start singing until high school so I knew I needed my 10,000 hours, my ‘dues paid’ before I released anything of my own. I’ve played every **** hole bar in Ontario, every festival, wedding, and house party. But I also knew it wasn’t all beers and cover songs, so I was working really hard on my studio and recording chops, alongside writing and co-written hundreds of songs traveling back and forth to Nashville just being a sponge and learning from anyone I could. Writing, recording, and releasing my debut album on my own was the perfect experience on what it takes to be an independent artist and still cut through the noise. The response from fans, the industry, and the media exceeded my expectations. I made a concept album around coined terms ‘Mindful Music’ and ‘Conscious Country’ which followed my struggles, thought process’s and mental health throughout my late twenties. Through the strong connection I’ve made with my fans from my first album, I discovered there really is a space for vulnerability and honest story telling and I’m so grateful for that.”
While writing and working towards her second album during the global pandemic lockdown, Alli decided to share unreleased original demos on the ‘new-to-her’ social media platform TikTok. To her surprise, here she found and built a loyal fan base with several demos going viral garnering her millions of views and over 130,000 followers. She called on these new listeners to decide which tracks stood out and ultimately helped choose which songs would be recorded for her upcoming album. In pandemic style, during the first half of 2021, Alli recorded the highly anticipated sophomore album remotely between her personal home studio in Ontario and by multiple #1 producer Danick Dupelle in Nashville. (Tyler Joe Miller, Tebey, Emerson Drive)
“Danick was the first producer I ever worked with in Nashville 10 years ago. He graciously brought this 20 year old bright-eyed, uber green ‘Taylor-Swift-Wanna-Be’ around to co-writes, did demos with me, and really took me under his wing. After a few trips, I knew I needed to go back to Canada and put my head down and get to work. 10 years later we reunited to make this album, and it couldn’t be a better fit. Danick pulls together modern and traditional country and turns a good song, into a great song.”
“Like my debut album, this album is very autobiographically, what I’m going through, struggling with, or discovering about myself and life in real time. Whether that be the difficulty of living 18 hours away from my family and seeing them grow older all in the name of chasing my dreams (Growing Up), to sharing my love of country music classics and where I get my influences (Country Music) to moving to a big city, meeting a boy and falling in love (Home Town Home).”
Alli has been featured on CTV’s Etalk, Global Morning Show, CTV Morning Show, CHCH Morning Live, Alive Magazine, SiriusXM, Pure Country Radio, Top Country, Complete Country, Notable Life, The Casey Clark Show, and many more. She will be releasing singles from her Factor Funded album in 2021 including the highly anticipated TikTok viral hit ‘Country Music’.
“I’m looking forward to growing my team and collaborators for the release of these singles and album, and I’m eager to start performing as soon as I possibly can. The live aspect is so important to me because you can’t beat that in-person connection you get with those who are supporting your music and helping make your dreams come true.”