As poised and impressive as any professional musician, Alison Albrecht thrilled the packed house Saturday night at the Northville Winery and Brewing Company. Young Albrecht performed two full sets which included a number of her original songs along with some covers. At only 16, this artist carries herself as if she’s been performing for decades.
Did I mention her voice is as good as or better than most seasoned professionals? That she’s as sweet and polite as she is talented? And that she writes songs and has been doing so since age 11?
‘My songs are so important to me,’ Albrecht told me after the show Saturday. ‘I go through an experience and I go home and write about it. My songs are pieces of my heart,’ she shared.
When she was only 11, Albrecht told her father about her desire to sing in Nashville. When dad mentioned that she had to have original songs to go to Nashville, Albrecht was already prepared. It seems she had been writing songs and happily shared them with her father. Well dad was so impressed, the family was soon Nashville bound. Albrecht got some great exposure while in Nashville where she performed at well-known venues including the Bluebird Cafe and the Commodore Grill.
‘Back then, my songs were mostly about the importance of being yourself and standing up for yourself. Nobody really knew I was writing – I just kept it in my bedroom,’ she said with a smile.
Here in Michigan, Albrecht is becoming well known in the local music community. She was recently nominated for a Detroit Music Award in the category of Peoples Choice. Although she didn’t make the final top five cut, the singer was thrilled to be a part of something so big.
‘I was so honored and humbled to be part of that amazing group of artists. It’s a huge community and just to be nominated was amazing,’ she shared.
One such artist is musician Jill Jack. Jack was so impressed with Albrecht that she invited the young musician to open at the now famous ‘Jill Jack Birthday Bash’ at the Ark in Ann Arbor.
‘Jill has been amazing. She’s sort of a mentor to me,’ Albrecht said. ‘My parents have been fans of Jill for years. I remember going to see her shows when I was little so I was thrilled when she asked me to open for her,’ she shared. ‘And now I have Jill’s personal email and telephone number,’ the singer whispered.
Another Detroit musician who took Albrecht under his very capable wing is Nadir Omowale. Among other things, Omowale coached her already stellar songwriting skills.
‘Nadir’s aura is totally killer. I’m so excited that I developed such strong relationships with Nadir and Chuck (Alkazian, her record producer),’ Albrecht enthused.
When she’s not busy performing, young Alison is just a normal kid (or as normal as she can be with such an impressive gift). She’s an all A student at the Roeper School. A lover of math and science, Albrecht also plays varsity soccer. And of course, she’s a lover of live music.
Clearly an old soul, Albrecht says she’s in no hurry to ‘experience life.’ ‘I have plenty of time to work on my music while I enjoy the rest of high school,’ she said.
As for making a name for herself in the music business, this young lady knows what she wants. And no doubt she will get exactly that.
‘It’s not about getting fame fast. It’s about being true to myself,’ she declared with conviction.
Alison Albrecht’s self-titled (Chuck Alkazian produced) EP is available now on her official website and on ITunes. Her new CD (also produced by Chuck Alkazian) will be out in late May. Check the website for upcoming performance dates.