Hi! I’m Alison Marae. I’m a songwriter, ukulele-ist, singer, dancer/choreographer, recording artist and educator.
I write songs on the ukulele that are quirky, catchy and sometimes educational for kids (and their grownups) to sing along and dance with. Inspired by children’s storybooks, my songs tell stories of nature, make believe and far away lands. I create fun, interactive music shows and classes designed to delight, entertain and engage young audiences and the young at heart. I’ve been a children’s library performer since 2012 and was formerly called, Little Catbird.
I’ve also co-written and performed three original children’s musicals (Rhythm Red Riding Hood, The Fairy and the Dragon and The Holiday Show) with my partner, Wil Forbis. Together we’ve performed around the world with performances in Paris, London, NYC, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego and fun little towns in between.
My debut album for grownups, My Heart Can’t Take It was nominated for a San Diego Music Award in 2014. I produced the album and penned four of the six songs on the album. Several jazz standards are included on the album from the 1930’s. It features my vocals as well as ukulele and piano. Released on independent label, Dizzy with a Dame Records. The album is available for download on Itunes, Amazon and Spotify.
As an educator in both music and dance, I’ve been guiding students of all ages for two decades to feel empowered and happy through the expression of their heart and soul. I have taught and created my my own programs in music/dance studios, public school arts outreach and as staff for professional dance and music studios throughout San Diego.