A crimson silk voice set to deceptively lovely pop tunes. In the same vein as Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, Alyse combines jazz sensibilities with a pop sound to create sensual music that is winning the hearts of fans across many genres.
While Alyse's songwriting could be likened to the playful jazziness of Regina Spektor, Alyse's voice has been described as a cross between the voices of Tori Amos and Norah Jones. Because Alyse's major influences run the gamut from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits, the tracks of "Too Much & Too Lovely" are at once quirky and sultry.
"Stood for Stand for" received 1st place in Billboard's 2007 World Song Contest in the category of jazz. "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" has been featured on many compilation albums and is a radio favorite along with "Emeline" and "Too Much & Too Lovely." "Sally All My Days," "Complete with Sound Effects," "Don't Give Me One Kiss," and "So Much Brighter" are reviewer favorites.
Seattle-based professional musicians Hans Brehmer (piano), Mark Oi (guitar), Patrick McDanel (bass), Cody Rahn (drums), and Jeff Miller (trumpet) added their respected talents to the project.
The album was recorded and mixed by Reed Ruddy at Seattle's Studio X and mastered by Will Quinnell at New York's Sterling Sound.
Alyse's Sordid Tale
Alyse was born into a house of Ragtime piano and musical theater. She learned her first notes on the piano from her father before she can remember. She first ventured onto a stage alone to sing at age six. She began violin at 10 and quit violin at 11 in favor of voice. She began to toy with a guitar around 15. She first recorded in a studio at 17. At 18, Alyse felt the call of the singer-songwriter but couldn't follow. She then freaked out and didn't turn in a completed application to Juilliard at 19. Oddly enough, she went to business school and entered the corporate world. It didn't take long to realize that was a mistake. So she left to follow her passion on the streets of Pike Place Market in Seattle.
Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Tori Amos, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Ani Difranco, Portishead, Sarah McLachlan, Bjork, Eliott Smith, Tom Waits, Fiona Apple, Edith Piaf, Jude, Mazzy Star, Sparklehorse, Cranberries, Poe, Sarah Vaughan, Led Zepplin.
Other than "Too Much & Too Lovely," last spring Alyse released the EP, "Musical Chocolate for the Discerning Ear," with her samba-love song-jazz group, Thursty Love.