With a honey toned voice, and a jazz//folk/soul inflected sound, Sydney singer and songwriter, Ali Carter weaves her stories through music that allows the magic and grace of both the pure joy, and thedeep struggle to evolve, taking the listener through a musical kaleidoscope of humanity, with passion and sincerity.
With grandparents treading the boards in the Australian vaudeville theatre, singing harmonies in the kitchen with her music educator mother, and being exposed to an eclectic record collection at a young age, music was clearly in the blood, and the great love and feeling for it, ingrained early on.
Ali studied music privately, from her early teens, and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She spent many years performing with various ensembles in a range of styles, including three productions with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of W.A, as lead singer for Sydney funk band, Blue Inc, and her own jazz group, The Alicats.
She was eventually reunited with the humble ukulele – with which she sang songs as a young girl with her grandfather – and having penned poetry and lyrics for many years, the marriage of word and music began, and the stories and experiences began morphing into songs.
Ali proudly considers herself a global citizen, and was fortunate to tour in Croatia and the United Kingdom before landing in New York in 2012. And as many before her can say, her heart was brazenly taken, and she now calls Brooklyn home.
Prior to relocating, Ali worked with producer and multi-instrumentalist V Jeffrey Smith (Hall and Oates, Whitney Houston, Soul Folk Experience,The Family Stand) and she recorded her debut album Songs of Longing, with New York based, English producer, Harvey Jones (Donna Lewis, Robbie Dupree, Chris Botti) and it was released to positive reviews in February 2016.
As a part of a community of artists working in New York, Ali also collaborates with MC/poet Melissa Czarnik, singing backing vocals; she plays regularly around New York with her band, and has a new EP underway.
"Ali Carter is a sensitive and beautiful singer songwriter. So sweet and lush, her voice conjures emotions of both joy and pain. You can hear the remnants of Billie Holiday as she delivers her lyrics in a very unique and meaningful way. Yet one can also hear something that’s quite like Judy Garland. She slides in and out of notes and evokes such pure emotion that it’s quite captivating"
-This is Not the Radio