Biography “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.
Alison Marae’s debut album, My Heart Can’t Take It, was nominated for a 2014 San Diego Music Award for Best Local Recording.
With an intimate exploration of the heart, the music is rooted from early 20th century jazz and folk. The album touches on matters of the heart; new love, unspoken love, heartache, fear of heartbreak and breakups. Alison produced the album and penned most of the songs, but also included several songs from the 1930’s, a main source of her musical inspiration. Released in 2013 on independent label Dizzy with a Dame Records and recorded in San Diego at Archival Sound.
My Heart Can’t Take It Tracklisting
1. All of Me (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) (2:07)
2. My Heart Can’t Take It (Alison Marae Dunn) (4:01)
3. Kiss Me Good (Alison Marae Dunn) (4:49)
4. Wrong For Me (Alison Marae Dunn) (2:52)
5. Don’t Look Away (Alison Marae Dunn) (3:38)
6. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh (3:21)
Alison Marae: vocals: ukulele (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6), piano (3). Wil Forbis: guitar/guitar arrangements (1, 4, 6) melodica (4) Harley Magsino: upright bass (tracks 2, 3 ,5). Sky Ladd: piano/piano arrangement (2) Brian Demeulle: drums (2, 3) Don Shaffer: flugelhorn/flugelhorn arrangement (3) Produced by Alison Marae. Recorded and mastered at Archival Sound, San Diego. Album photography: Eli Razo. Released by Dizzy with a Dame Records 2013