June 12, 2008

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Alli Beaudry’s wicked webs
Manchester native releases her debut CD
By Brian Early bearly@hippopress.com

Alli Beaudry took her first singing lessons when she was five years old from Ted Herbert’s Music School in Manchester. She loved singing to Disney movie tunes.

“I was obsessed with Disney,” she said.

The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, “Aladdin ... every girl’s dream,” she said with a laugh. “They’re great songs. They’re just unbelievable.”

After 10 years with voice training at Herbert’s Music School she had four years of training in high school.

“Janice Edwards totally kicked my butt,” Beaudry said about her mezzo-soprano voice trainer. Then it was off to Berklee College of Music, where she continued her training. Next Friday, June 20, she celebrates her debut release, wicked webs we weave, with a CD release party at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester.

It’s an exciting time of her life; now based in Boston, Beaudry’s band, Incadence, plays frequently in Boston nightclubs; she teaches singing to students at the Dosse School of Music, and her songwriting has matured with her new experiences in life.

“I feel like right now is the right time,” she said about releasing her CD. She gets excited when she talks about it.

The album is a mix of reggae, jazz, funk and rhythm and blues. She recorded most of it at Black Box Studios in Austin, Texas. It’s been about two years in the making.

She finds her creative juices flowing right before she falls asleep at night or during a car ride, like traveling from her home in Boston to visit her family in Manchester.

“You see so much when you drive. It inspires different senses. I’m inspired a lot in the car,” she said. “I’ll hit the record button on my phone and starting singing lines. That’s just the way it happens.”

It’s common for Beaudry to break out in song at any occasion. She reminisced about her mother singing Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” and she sung the chorus in her soulful, bluesy voice. At a coffee shop, she heard a song that she loves singing to her students, who range from seven to 28 years old. In fact, she’s able to sing many of her favorite Disney movie tunes to her younger students.

Her album, which she’ll have for sale at the show at Milly’s, will also be available online at iTunes, CD Baby and her Web site, www.allibeaudry.com.

At her show, she’ll have a band with her, singing a wide variety of her songs for her friends and family.

“It’s going to be chill. I just want it to be a chill night,” she said. “The best thing about it will be having my friends and family and people from Manchester to come out and hear it. That’s what I want. I’d be a happy girl.”


Alli Beaudry’s debut album.

Alli Beaudry CD release party
Where: Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., Manchester
When: Friday, June 20, at 9 p.m..