Hi, I’m Alison Marae. Musically I blend original, uplifting lyrics with jazz inflected vocals and an acoustic ukulele.
I’ve been known to shimmy a tap dance percussion or drum rhythms on my ukulele during live performances. I also write and perform music for children and families. I’ve co-written three original children’s musicals with my partner, Wil Forbis. I have sung and danced my way around the world with performances in Paris, London, NYC, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego. As a choreographer and dancer, I’ve performed my own work as well as with contemporary dance companies, independent choreographers, in musicals and dance festivals.
My debut album, 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, ukulele and piano. Released on independent label, Dizzy with a Dame Records. The album is available for download on Itunes, Amazon and Spotify.
It’s been my life’s purpose to encourage students to express their heart and soul. With innovative teaching practices, I’ve been guiding and nurturing students for two decades to feel empowered and happy through the expression of their body, mind and spirit. I have taught and created my my own programs in studios, public school arts outreach and as staff for professional dance and music studios throughout San Diego. I was the artistic director/choreographer for a non profit dance company for 9 years and also served as master teacher for it’s professional, pre-professional dance companies and classes. For the last 7 years, I’ve been teaching private ukulele and voice lessons along with group workshops. In addition to teaching music, I also teach ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary dance.
Highlighted PAST EVENTS
- San Diego Botanic Garden Summer Concerts, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Hullabaloo Family Music Festival, Rancho Bernardo 2016.
- San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Festival 2016.
- San Diego Ukulele Festival 2015 (performance and workshop instructor).
- Unplugged Music Festival, San Diego 2015, 2016.
- San Diego Music Thing, 2014
- Adams Ave Music Festival, 2014.
- Libertopia Festival at Humphries by the Bay, 2013.
- Portland, OR Music Tour, August 2017.
- Pacific Northwest Music Tour August 2016
- European Music Tour (Paris, London) Oct 2015.
- Hawaii Music Tour July 2014.
Live performance: The Happy Hour San Diego 107.9 FM. Sept 2015
Original Songs (registered with BMI)
- A Little Sunshine
- Don’t Do Me Any Good
- Don’t Look Away
- Falling For You
- Gotta Dance
- How Do You Love
- Kiss Me Good
- Mother Earth
- My Heart Can’t Take It
- One World, United
- Rhythm of My Heart
- Wrong For Me
Original Children’s Songs (BMI)
- Big Bad Wolf
- Busy Beezy Buzzin’
- Clap Along Song
- Flutterby Butterfly
- Gotta Dance!
- I’m A Super Hero
- Making a Rainbow
- Rhythm Red Riding Hood
- Shine Shine Shine
- Silly Swan
- We’ve Switched, We’re Opposites
- You’re My Sweet Potato