"Alice Wallace has had her heart broken. You can tell in her music. But she won’t break yours." - Susan Smiley-Height, Ocala.com.
Since the release of her debut album in 2011, southern California-based singer/songwriter Alice Wallace has been garnering attention both locally and throughout the U.S. for the strength of her vocals and the personal, emotional storytelling of her songs. And with her 2013 sophomore album release, “A Thousand Miles From Home,” Alice displays the maturity she has developed as a touring performer and songwriter in the last two years.
Alice quit her full-time job in March of 2013 to completely immerse herself in the world of music, and she hit the road for tours that stretched through more than 30 cities and eight U.S. states. She has played at festivals from California to Ohio, and continues to expand her nationwide fanbase with each tour she books.
Alice’s style is heavily influenced by modern folk singers like Patty Griffin and Brandi Carlile, but is also rooted strongly in the iconic voices that have defined folk and country music for decades: Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Linda Rondstadt. The 10 tracks on Alice’s new release, “A Thousand Miles From Home,” range from soulful blues to twangy country, but all of the songs have Alice’s distinct blend of influences across the folk, country and blues spectrums.
Alice moved to the Los Angeles area in 2008 from her home state of Florida armed with only a rough demo of recordings and an idea to try her hand at a music career. She had picked up the guitar at age 16 after growing up in a house where folk and country music was a regular presence. Alice’s childhood evenings were often spent listening to her parents singing duets to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris songs, and it was a natural progression for Alice to pick up the guitar and start doing the same. Almost immediately, she began to pen her own compositions about life and love, and would play her songs at open mics, talent shows and anywhere else she could find an audience.
Once in southern California, Alice threw herself into the performing circuit - steadily attracting larger audiences and landing opening spots with well-known artists like Lisa Loeb, Shawn Mullins, Sophie B. Hawkins and Shawn Colvin.
She recorded her debut album, “Sweet Madness” in late 2011 at the Compound Studio in Long Beach, Calif. (which has hosted the likes of Ryan Bingham and the Coldwar Kids), with help from engineer and producer Anthony Arvizu. That first professional recording helped Alice get attention from local and regional press for her songwriting and performance. She began to plan local and regional tours solo and with her full band, expanding her reach outside of the southern California sphere. In early 2013, she was invited to compete in the Orange County Music Awards’ Best Live Band competition, and LA radio station KROQ called her performance in the competition “polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun.”
Alice’s new album was recorded at The Music Box Studios in Tustin by producer Jon O’Brien, whose credits include early recordings of rock/pop band Young the Giant, as well as many of southern California’s most successful independent bands: Yellow Red Sparks, Jeramiah Red, and more. The new effort showcases a more refined songwriting style from Alice, gained from consciously studying the women songwriters who so strongly influence her music, as well as from relentlessly touring and performing across the country since her debut release.
Watch www.AliceWallaceMusic.com for information about the release of “A Thousand Miles From Home” and tour dates across the U.S. for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.