Aptly coined, The Lioness of Lanark…Ali McCormick grew up in the Lanark Highlands just outside of Ottawa, Ontario on an off-grid hobby farm. She was drawn to music at a young age, live music around the kitchen table a common occurrence on the farm. With help & encouragement from her family she began writing songs. When it was obvious that music & song writing came naturally, her folks chipped in for an acoustic cutaway. She brought that guitar back & forth across the country as a youngster playing open mics, coffee shops, basements, attics, around campfires & anywhere else people wanted to hear her music. After many years and many many songs, Ali has developed a musical style all of her own and has graduated to booking both opening and headlining shows in some of the country’s finest venues, making friends and stealing hearts along the way. She is busy captivating audiences with her unique voice and lyrics steeped in references to life, love and rural Canadian living and can be seen live almost every week of the year in one place or another.
Ali’s live performances are truly unlike anything you have ever seen, and that is not just a generalization. It is difficult to place her under any one genre, but something that can be said with all certainty is that Ali brings an unabashed and complete feeling of honesty to every stage she plays. With a genuine love of performing, thirst for the open road and seemingly endless string of catchy songs this is an artist you can expect to see more of in the future.
“A mysterious familiarity to her original sound…Her pristine voice hints at her influences without betraying her originality. She hits all the right notes, cooing sweet summery melodies, then rising into resounding and powerful chorus.”-Ramsgate And Hackett, 2016
“Graven comes in bringing with him simmering licks on his telecaster. He demonstrates a powerful restraint, allowing his meandering riffs explore their way through Ali’s melodious chord progressions.
Watching Ali McCormick and Graven play together felt as though we were watching the children of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. They are the answer to the millennial’s call for thoughtful folk songwriting”
“Ali’s right hand demonstrates a mastery of rhythm, alternating between the low and high strings of her open chords in a classic country strumming pattern. The kind of strumming that gets the crowd up out of their seats and onto the the dance floor. The crowd danced furiously until you could feel the perspiration in the air. It must be very rewarding as a musician to see people really moving to your songs. That something they created makes people nod their heads along with it, start tapping their feet, and finally getting up out of the seat to start bopping around.”
-Ramsgate And Hackett (https://ramsgateandhackett.com/)
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“Ali McCormick hails from the Lanark Highlands and has been performing across the country in a variety of venues. She…shows her emotionality and inner searching through her music. I’ve seen Ali many times over the years and she has really progressed with her delivery, stage presence and lyrical depth. Nice to see her successfully follow her passion.”
-Steve Tennant, EMC 2014
Ali is “…fully vetted and passes all tests of endurance and stage awareness..””
“The Lioness of Lanark”