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Alannah Myles


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Alannah Myles, grew up in Toronto, Canada listening to FM radio stations that strongly influenced her eclectic style of music. As a young girl she competed as an equestrian in Canada’s prestigious Royal Winter Fair later studying to be a graphic artist, actor, stunt model, make up artist and wardrobe stylist to pay for her true calling, music. 

Between appearing in TV ads , modelling and local gigs which due to her multi-tasking confused Canadian labels who continually rejected signing her as a recording artist so she financed 2 songs from her 1989 debut album with match financing from FACTOR and Much Music’s Christopher Ward who wrote songs (Black Velvet), executive produced and helped manage her music career signed to Atlantic Records with worldwide international success.

Myles’ first self titled album (1989) produced four Top 40 hits, “Love Is”, “Lover of Mine”, and “Still Got This Thing”, as well as the international classic hit, “Black Velvet”, won her a 1991 Grammy award for best female rock vocalist along with four Juno Awards, and a Diamond award for sales in excess of one million in Canada - the only debut artist to retain this status.

In 1991 America’s ASCAP awarded the song, Black Velvet with a ‘Millionaire Award’ for the highest radio airplay in the world and again in 2005 for over five million radio plays of “Black Velvet”.


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