Growing up nobody ever told me I could make a living as an artist.
Well screw that.
Hi, I’m Aly. I’m a songwriter, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist. My goal is to be a great performer and use my powers for good.
Mostly, I’m a goofball. I live for bacon, my great-grandpa’s cowboy boots, and try to laugh until it hurts on a daily basis. If that works for you, I’m pretty sure we’ll get along.
SO, what does my music sound like? Take Norah’s tone, Fiona’s growl, and Ani’s honesty – and you’ve got me. It’s not yo mama’s folk music. I’m a self-taught musician, and love, love love pulling from latin, middle eastern and american pop – all at once. I also appreciate a well-placed F-bomb. I don’t play the kind of folk music you’d hear at a family function (believe me, I’ve tried).
Songwriting and storytelling are my lifeblood. It’s not even a choice anymore, I have to make music.
I write to take my experiences and create something beautiful. To find the humor in everyday life and sing all the things I’m afraid to say. Luckily, I’m freaked out about many of the things I say – so there’s no shortage of material. I sing to connect. I get on stage and my biggest challenge is recreate a moment in time. I take comfort in knowing you’ve been there too.
Quite frankly – it makes me feel less insane.
Six years ago I wrote my first song when I should’ve been studying for a final. Then I dropped out of college and set out on this crazy, amazing journey.Since that day, I’ve played over 700 shows in 8 countries. In that time I’ve (slooooowly) taught myself to play the guitar, ukulele, and vihuela, all while navigating the road less traveled as an independent artist.
I learned how by watching all the great women who came before me do it. Ani DiFranco, Oum Kalsoum, Billie Holiday.
They didn’t stop and neither will I.
I believe in chasing after my dreams like my life depends on it. Cause it’s the only life I’ve got.
If you’ve ever been told you were crazy for chasing a dream – then I’m here to tell you that you’re not the only crazypants.
Shit, maybe we’re both crazy. But fuck’em. These stories are for us.
With so much love + bacon,
OFFICIAL PRESS BIO
When Aly Tadros was offered her first paid gig, she had three original songs under her belt. The set time called for two hours.
She took it anyways.
Six years and over 700 shows later, that gutsy attitude has defined Aly as an ardent and auspicious voice among young singer/songwriters. Spacious and melodic, salty and moving, her classical guitar writhes in a fusion of Latin, Middle Eastern, and American folk and pop.
“Her guitar writhes on the floor of the mind, haunted by the honesty of her lyrics” – USATODAY
An early interest in travel led Tadros to leave hometown of Laredo, Texas at age 17, moving between Turkey, Spain, and her father’s native Egypt. Immersing herself in Spanish, Turkish and Arabic language studies, she developed a keen ear for contemporary and traditional world music. The San Antonio Current attributes Aly’s unique folk-stylings to her extensive travel, calling her “born to fingerpick and execute a perfect Cuban clave…a musical sponge that absorbs everything she hears wherever she goes.”
That unique folk-stylings can be traced everywhere from her Egyptian roots, to the instruments she uses on stage. While living in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Tadros set out on a 15 journey across the mountainous terrain to Paracho, Michoacan to purchase an authentic traditional vihuela.
“By the time I was done traveling, the most obvious choice was to study politics and claim my place as the backseat dreamer,” Aly recalls.
But by her second year at Sarah Lawrence College, Aly was spending more time behind her guitar than her textbooks.
“And then one night, as if a switch went off, I realized school wasn’t for me. Instead of cramming for a final, I wrote my first song.”
From there, Aly made her home in Austin, TX; dedicating her time to songwriting and live performance. She released her first two albums, Things Worth Keeping (2009) and The Fits (2013), produced by Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ben Sollee, These United States) in Aug 2009 amidst international tours. To date, she’s completed ten US and three European tours – spanning 35 states, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, UK, Ireland, Canada and Mexico.