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Alyse Black


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Alyse Black may have jumped out of a skyscraper to play on the streets of Pike Place Market in Seattle, but she’s climbing back up, releasing her third solo album, “The Honesty EP,” at Seattle’s Triple Door.

Black’s vocal-based soulful pop is frequently compared to the ridiculously playful Regina Spektor; the spacious, anything-goes Björk; and the soft and throbbing Norah Jones.


After a youth of living abroad, singing lessons, and acting in productions like The King & I at Shoreline Community College, Alyse let herself be convinced a career in the arts was irresponsible and impractical. Because it is.

But with three degrees from the University of Washington in very responsible subjects and a short career with Deloitte Consulting, Black was nigh suicidally depressed.

Against the recommendations of her family and friends, she left her job and began busking on the streets of Pike Place Market for a living, belting and lilting swing tunes a cappella on the corner of Stewart.

One rare glittering afternoon, the pianist for a Seattle jazz group, Mike Withey with No Jive Five, wandered by, stood captivated for a moment, and the explained: he needed another singer for a show that night at a local club, St. Clouds in Madrona.

Alyse’s first album, Too Much & Too Lovely, won 1st place in Billboard’s 16th Annual World Song Contest (Jazz) and the International Independent Singer-Songwriter Awards (Jazz) among others. Her sophomore album, Hold Onto This, was recorded and produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Strokes, Ra Ra Riot, Foo Fighters) and released in late 2009.


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  • Chillldren

    fantastic music)) cool bass party)

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JesseKV

    Saw you at D-fest in Tulsa. You've got an amazing voice!

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • mikegreen1968

    Tell me if you object - Your profile was pretty much blank so I added the profile and pic you'd already published on thesixtyone. I know it's already in the public domain, and this site is a user updated wiki, but thought I should do the courtesy of letting you know anyway.....

    18 May 2008 Reply

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