Mixing traditional folk music with blues, country, soul and pop, Alice Wallace brings a modern touch to American roots music. And now that she has quit her full-time job, Alice will be making the road her home as she sees where her flair for songwriting takes her.
“Alice has become a shining light on the Los Angeles Americana music scene, sharing her songs of travel, adventure, life, love and loss in her authentic voice…as beautiful as the land she travels,” say the folks at California Country Records.
In the the last two years, Alice has played hundreds of shows stretching across 14 states and more than 50 U.S. cities. She has garnered nominations for “Best Country/Americana” and “Best Live Band” from the Orange County Music Awards, and has been gaining fans at every turn.
And with the help of California Country Records, Alice is getting set to release her third studio album that will include 9 of her strongest original songs to date, as well as one classic country cover song that is sure to captivate listeners with some old-time yodeling.
The southern California songwriter’s strong vocals and the personal style of her songwriting have been getting attention since her first album release in late 2011, “Sweet Madness.” In March of 2013, she quit her full-time job and dove headfirst into music, releasing her second album, “A Thousand Miles From Home,” in October of 2013.
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 Ronstadt. 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. Growing up, 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. After picking up the guitar at 16, 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.