Ali Isabella is a young lass who makes very catchy country-pop music. Something of an unpopular genre over here in the UK. Yet, she has enough charm, pop sensibility and passion to break the British market in my opinion.
Ali is a very sweet girl, and she makes ridiculously catchy, yet touching country-pop songs. She's not "just another Taylor Swift" though she will no doubt get comparisons to her, she's in a league of her own. I sat down to have a chat with Ali about playing Wembley Arena, her new single and what we can expect in the future...
Hey Ali, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade! Why don't you start by telling us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I’m a singer/songwriter born and raised in New York. I write all of my own music and play both piano and guitar. Through my music, I aspire to inspire others through the stories I tell. I would describe my music as a little bit of everything. In writing my music, I tend to pull influences from a bunch of different genres, such as pop, country, rock, soul, and the blues, creating my own unique sound in the process.
You've accomplished an awful lot for your young age, when did you first start realising your passion for music?
I realized my passion at a very early age. When I was little, my Dad, the big jazz fan that he is, would always play Frank Sinatra like “My Kind of Town” on the long car rides to my Grandmother’s house. These songs were the first songs that I learned all of the lyrics to and they always seemed to put a big smile on my face. My Dad ultimately showed me the joy that music brings to life. It is because of these early memories that I have since shared and taken part in the joy that music can bring.
We love your new single "Taking My Own Sweet Time", it's so uplifting! But what does the song mean to you?
Thank you! This song is about letting life take you where it wants to take you. I strongly believe in the concept that everything happens for a reason. I don’t think that you should ever be in a rush to get to your destination. It’s important to take the time to figure out what you want in life and who you want to be. If you do so, you will surely end up exactly where you were always meant to be.
Who inspires you the most? (either in music or life)
Artist wise, I’m inspired by Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, and John Mayer. They are three of my favorite artists and I really look up to them in terms of songwriting. I am also inspired by my surroundings. I love to tell stories, so I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from what I experience on a daily basis, such as places I’ve been, people I’ve met, etc.
What can we expect from your upcoming album?
Now, at 18, my music is much more diversified. My upcoming album will contain a mix of genres that influence me. That’s why I label myself as a singer/songwriter because I don’t want to limit myself to one specific genre. I believe I’m unique in the way that I love to mix many different sounds and influences together. This next album will definitely show my growth as an artist over the past two years, as well as contain songs with deeper meanings.
How was it performing at the world famous Wembley Arena?
It was absolutely incredible! I only remember getting on and off the stage; everything in-between is a blur. It was all so surreal and I couldn’t believe that I was actually experiencing this wonderful opportunity! From the artists I shared the stage with that night to all the history that the arena holds, I was so grateful to be there.
What can people expect if they come down to one of your gigs?
They can expect to have fun! My band and I are all about getting the audience up and dancing. We usually do a set of about 12 songs, including 2 to 3 covers.
Finally, where can people find you?
All my shows are up on my website, AliIsabella.com. People can also contact me on my Twitter (@IMAliIsabella), Instagram (@IMAliIsabella), Facebook (Ali Isabella), and even download my mobile app from the App store!
I'd like to thank Ali for taking the time to answer these questions!
Ali is very talented, and I know that's something very simple and almost cliche to say. But it's true. Given the UK's slow liking towards county-pop I feel she could have a chance of breaking the charts over here. There's a reason she's playing stages like Wembley Arena and I wish her all the best in the future!