Alysson’s song “Into Winter” from her new CD
WOW! Rating - A+ …Alysson is a gifted pianist and the tunes are piano driven creating an atmosphere both ethereal and beautiful…Dennis Halsey, www.bestfemalemusicians.com
|What others have said about Aly|
|Truly lovely song. You *must* hear this! Outstanding! Beautiful! Wonderful piano/vocal piece.||(Garage Band.com)|
|The piano playing is beautiful. Somewhat reminiscent of Tori Amos' "Little Earthquakes". Very poignant.||(Garage Band.com)|
|The vocalist has a sweet voice reminiscent of Joni Mitchell or (especially) Loreena McKennitt.||(Garage Band.com)|
|The quality and sophistication of her music clearly belies her age. She is really quite extraordinary and has already garnered national attention for her work (Elle).. 'Maybe' is Aly's latest song. 'Maybe' is one of the best songs I have found on mp3 (Best Female Musicians). "'Never Know' is the most professional song I have heard at Ampcast.com"||(Veros).|
|Gorgeous piano and vocals...excellent songwriting||(Prime Artists).|
|Face it, Aly is a prodigy. 'Never Know' is one of Aly's latest releases - this is an example of artistic development taking place at leaps and bounds. The vocal work is beautiful as usual and the addition of the cello compliments this song beautifully. Strong songwriting, strong playing, strong singing all in all as close to perfect as one can get with a song. I'm a huge Aly fan!!!||(Elle)|
|Alysson has an extremely Clear Melodic Voice and a "JEWELESQUE" sound and influence springs to mind whilst listening to "Never Know" I really admire and appreciate Piano player/singers, she competently backs herself on Piano, rich arpeggios weave their way throughout this song and create a very sweet momentum the entire way through the song. Well done Alysson. A beautiful song with an awesome love song message that Alysson expresses with AWESOME vocals & a great acoustic piano performance. Definite Platinum-Bound artist!||From A+ artist radio on mp3.com|
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Chapel Hill Newspaper
April 9, 2003
Somger-Songwriter lends voice to artist's cause
Durham Herald Sun
April 4, 2003
Chapel Hill News
April 21, 2002
Light and Lively!
Full page picture and review
February 28, 2003
Best Bets "Phenomenal Woman"
Up & Coming Weekly
October 16, 2002
'Light' Shines on Yakety Yak Cafe
By Brian Dukes, Arts & Entertainment Editor
| While it's not unusual to hear about another Chapel Hill
musical artist that's gained some notoriety - it is unusual in the case
of 17-year-old Alysson Light. Yes, that's no typo ... she's all of 17.
And with a tremendously powerful voice and incredible piano skills,
Alysson will shine her 'light' on visitors to the Yakety Yak Cafe on
Hay St. with an Oct. 12 performance.
A self-described fusion of "jazz-rock-folk," Light's music is eerily reminiscent of contemporary artists such as Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan.
The UNC-Chapel Hill student has already self-produced two CDs, and is working on a third (entitled Looking Glass Conversations ) - of which I was given a demo, which featured some tracks from the second CD, Water as well.
Shortly after pressing play, I heard a few soft piano keys ripple like a peaceful brook into my ears - then the voice of ... Tori Amos? No, not Tori, but Alysson. The confusion is easy at first, as Light's scaling voice and pitch changes momentum and direction much like the eclectic Amos. Light is, in fact, trained in classical choral voice techniques as well as opera, making the most of her steel-strong soprano cords.
Light's singing talents will only improve - as will her songwriting - with the aid of age, experience. At 17, Light could very well be the next Joni Mitchell, but will have to face the challenges of balancing her career and her education. But hey, it's that kind of struggle that gives rise to great songwriting - so angst on!
If there's any single place in which her raw talent could be forged, it's in the small venue coffee houses. This is lucky for us, as we could get to see the very birth of a new star ... but even that takes time, something that Light has more than enough of.
| The Daily Tar Heel
August 23, 2001
Chapel Hill Songstress Sheds Light on Cafe
By Michael Abernethy, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
|"Talent and a lot of Tori Amos went a long way Friday
night at Alysson Light's show at The Carrboro Open Eye Café.
Light, a Chapel Hill native, is not afraid to bare her soul through
her own song as well as reinterpretations of other well-known female
singer/songwriters' famous works to entertain an audience. The 16-year-old
singer/songwriter, accompanied only by her piano, played a set that
consisted of many covers by recognizable female singer/songwriters interspersed
with her own solid compositions. Though the set was dominated mainly
by covers, Light's own compositions held the most impressive and entertaining
moments in the show. The young artist's songs held up easily amongst
the standards that surrounded them, telling stories of pain and angst
set upon bleak landscapes. "Into Winter," described by Light as a "more
recent" composition, was the best song she played all evening. It displayed
a nice range of mood and tempo, at times rumbling like Amos, at others
cooing and hushing in the vein of Sarah McLachlan's finest. Light's
skill as a pianist was also highlighted best by her own "Moonshell."
With its rapturous piano suite in the middle eight and a tight melody.
Of all the covers Light played Friday evening, Heather Nova's "Truth
and Bone" received the best interpretation. And though McLachlan, Stevie
Nicks and The Indigo Girls all got their due, no artist was featured
more than Amos. Light's cover of Amos' "Ettiene," with its rolling piano
and vocal dives, was certainly one of the evening's highlights. Her
cover of Leonard Cohen's classic, "Suzanne" was a much-needed break
from the intense female emotion in the set list. Ultimately, what balanced
Light's set was her shadowy, rippling voice. Her prodigous mastery and
control of vocal phrasing and shape, even while covering such distinctive
artists as Carole King, enabled Light to always find her own voice within
the song. Even though she did overextend the long arm of Amos, Alysson
Light delivered a charming performance full of charm and grace."
|Daily Tar Heel
Daily Tar Heel Jan 29, 2001
January 29, 2001
CHHS Sophomore Surges in Online Pop-Rock Charts
Alysson Light says she has been influenced by the music of
"powerful women in rock" such as Heather Nova and Joni Mitchell.
By Warren Wilson, Staff Writer
|By now, it shouldn't be any surprise when a Chapel Hill
musician gains national acclaim. But one can't avoid being amazed when
introduced to Alysson Light, the 15-year-old singer/songwriter and pianist
whose self-penned "Liquid Eyes" reached number 18 on mp3.com's acoustic
pop-rock chart as of Jan. 21. Light said people are often stunned by
the fact that she is only a sophomore at Chapel Hill High School. "I
love surprising people like that," she said. But, unlike commercial
pop stars who can use their youth as a selling point, the anonymity
of the Internet requires Light's music to stand on its own. It does,
according to mp3.com users -"Liquid Eyes" has stayed in the top 50 downloads
for two months. "('Liquid Eyes') is based on a girl I knew who had a
very haunting kind of face,",Light said. "She has something that could
make her .supernatural and more powerful, but also less human." Light's
"hit" song, and the additional eight songs on her second album Water,
were written in a week last August.. Her father, a UNC professor of
cell and molecular physiology, recorded the album at home. The songs
on Water are stark and hypnotic, creating a hauntingly pretty sound
that sets her apart stylistically as well as chronologically."