A Boston-based songwriter and soul singer, Ali McGuirk has been gaining a name for herself as one of Boston's premier vocal performers.
Ali's love of music has brought her across the globe, garnishing residencies across 4 continents, from sunset lounges on Greek islands to sky lounges and stadiums in Hong Kong captivating each audience with her unique blend of soul, jazz, rock and pop.
Ali has been gaining recognition throughout Boston and in 2016 she was recognized as an artist to hear by Steve Morse, one of Boston's most respected rock critics. She put out her debut EP shortly after. The 4 track sampler is heavily influenced by the jazz tradition and moves through soul, blues, pop, reggae and R&B feels freely. It features local horn players, such as big band leader Alex Lee-Clark and baritone saxophonist Dana Colley, of Morphine.
She is currently poised to release her first full length album, working with an eclectic mix of artists, including Boston guitar legend Jeffrey Lockhart, former music director for Bryan McKnight. The album will feature an all-star cast of musicians, from groups such as Viva La Hop, Akashic Records, Eric Krasno Band, Twisted Pine and more.
In January she released a sample from the anticipated record, called "What Have We Done." Recorded with Will Holland at Chillhouse Studio, the track is an introspective single which she made available on bandcamp, raising money for local the network Showing Up for Racial Justice.
Ali nurtures her monthly Somerville residency and continues to evolve as a powerful vocalist and authentic performer.
Read what others have to say here:
"A soul singer who evokes comparisons to Amy Winehouse but rocks even harder." - Steve Morse, The Boston Globe
"A vocal powerhouse and smart songwriter... also has some Motown and island rhythms to her sound. But her stuff digs down under Top 40 to find ragged rock grooves and jazz dub beats." - Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald\
"Ali brings to the stage a refreshing comfort and grace uncommon in Boston. It’s as though she and the stage are old friends who share intimate jokes." - K. Winslow Smith, Grouptones
"One of the rising stars on the local scene... performing a set of tunes that are uniquely hers - soul drenched, jazz-inspired, and freely delivered with an ease that belies her young age." - Billy Beard, Session Americ