Alison Marae blends jazz inflected vocals with an acoustic soundscape of folk and blues. As a songwriter, she’s inspired by early 20th century jazz, torch songs and the great ladies of jazz. She has performed internationally in Paris and London, as well as in Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego. She plays a tenor and baritone ukulele and is accompanied by Wil Forbis on guitar.
Alison’s debut album, My Heart Can’t Take It was nominated for a San Diego Music Award. With an intimate exploration of the heart, Alison’s songs touch on the subject of love; unspoken love, yearning, intimacy and heartache. Alison produced the album and penned four of the six songs on the album. She included several jazz standards from the 1930’s, a main source of her musical inspiration. It features her on voice, ukulele and piano. Released on independent label, Dizzy with a Dame Records and recorded in San Diego at Archival Sound.
The album is available for download on Itunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Spotify.
With over 20 years experience facilitating workshops and master classes, Alison Marae is thrilled to share her innovative offerings from her professional career in dance and music. As a teaching artist she has taught for her own programs in studios, for outreach arts education in public schools and worked as staff for professional dance and music studios throughout San Diego. Alison ran her own non profit dance company for 9 years and served as the artistic director for it’s professional and pre-professional dance companies and as master teacher for programs and classes. She has been teaching private music lessons out of her home music studio for the last 5 years.