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Influences include: Jack Ladder, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Power, Warpaint, PJ Harvey, Loudon Wainwright

The easy path attracts a lot of people.

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ali Barter is not one of them.

In these on-demand times of overhyped pop idols and dubiously talented Internet sensations, Ali possesses the natural chops to have garnered instant attention years ago. But the classically trained soprano, with a decade of choral experience, abruptly quit music in her late teens to become a self-proclaimed ‘ragbag’ and itinerant world traveller.

Having been exposed to a pantheon of 20th Century musical genius in her upbringing - Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Patsy Cline - she credits the brilliant, notoriously tortured Cat Power with providing the spark that re-ignited her original passion.

Raised by a Buddhist mother and a Catholic father in a Jewish neighbourhood (all whilst attending a Methodist school), she found herself craving the ‘sense of community’ she observed in all the above religions. At long last, in the late 2000s, she ‘found it in music’ - the timeless last refuge of the vagabond since time immemorial. As a result; the stakes were always going to be too high for taking short cuts.

Ali embraced the hard graft of the generally glamour-free open-mic circuit. She threw herself into the solitary interior enterprise of writing her own songs and painstakingly practicing her own unique style of guitar playing, recording her debut EP ‘Trip’ in 2012 with local producer MATIK.

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