Hi, I’m Alison Marae. Lately I’ve been concentrating on making music for the young (and young at heart). Inspired by children’s storybooks, I’m writing songs on the ukulele that are quirky and catchy for kids (and their grownups) to sing along with. I’ve also co-written 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 played around the world with performances in Paris, London, NYC, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego and little towns in between.
Starting in Sept 2019, I’ll be teaching original, themed ukulele songs for youth educators, youth librarians and parents online. Designed to help them learn the ukulele and play/sing for their students and also for them to be able to teach the ukulele to them. The songs will also be available as downloads as well as online concerts for their classrooms.
When I make music for grownups, I like to blend a little melancholy jazz vocal with an acoustic sound. 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.
“Modern day music that harkens back to yesteryear, circa the 1920’s through the late 1950’s, jazzy as well as beautifully played and sung. Centered around Marae’s close mic’d voice and ukulele…it’s Marae’s voice that is the star attraction here. There is a melancholy air to the material here, with the title track in particular approaching torch song territory.” Bart Mendoza/San Diego Troubadour.