You never stop coming out. And, that isn’t just a mantra for the LGBTQ community. It’s a mantra for life. So for a moment imagine being on a path, doing the thing you think you’re supposed to be doing, and then someone tells you the only way to get where you’re going is to “suck!” And I don’t mean that in the way you might think.
In that moment things begin to shift and you find that your inner bad ass metal head, songwriter, and singer says, “Nope I’m not going to pursue my PHD in Psychology to become a therapist. Instead I’m going to become a rocker chic playing guitar in a male dominated world!” And as they say, the rest is history, and for Ali Handal, she’s never stopped coming out to be her most transparent authentic self. This is story, her music, her life, and her journey to live her legacy while she still has time left on earth…regardless of what odds are against her.
- She was really leaping in to the unknown, completely blind…
- Trusting yourself is really where it all starts
- She’s no damsel in distress and she doesn’t need to be rescued!
- All we need to do is channel our inner bad ass
- Realize this is a process – be loving and patient with yourself
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Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out Carole King’s Tapestry album. As a cat-obsessed six-year-old (some things never change), Ali honored her initial musical heroine by naming her very first kitten “Carole.” Over the years, the sweet melodies and lyrics penned by musical sages King, Dylan, Lennon and McCartney captivated her. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page’s seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to pick up the guitar.
Now based in Los Angeles, Ali unleashes sultry, groove-filled songs upon live audiences, setting the stage ablaze with fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. She holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing songwriters like Ani DiFranco and formidable guitarists such as Jimmy Page. Music Connection magazine describes her as “earthy, natural, real and loaded with talent…a singer/songwriter with something to say… a gifted artist who brings insight and intelligence to her art.” When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”
Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit shows like Sex and the City, Dawson’s Creek and iCarly. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice for aspiring female musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.
Ali is currently writing and recording music for her fourth full-length album, an acoustic collection of songs embodying the strength and sense of humor necessary to thrive as a woman in the 21st century. Cheeky songs like “I Love My Pussy.cat” and “Thank God For Birth Control” tap into her natural sass, while others, including “You Get What You Settle For” and “Better Man,” are chock full of an older sister’s tough love and the wisdom Ali has gained as she’s evolved as an artist and a woman.
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