“Ali Handal’s reputation has centered around her big riffs, burning yet melodic solos, and huge voice”
~ Guitar Player Magazine
“A triumph… From the first measure of the rocking “You Get What You Settle For,” you know you’re in good hands.”
~ Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine
“Chock full of cleverly crafted lyrics and catchy hooks, Handal doesn’t skimp in the killer guitar performance department.”
~ Guitar World
“Handal is a devilishly witty songwriter whose guitar is as blue and gutsy as her lyrics.”
~ Vintage Guitar Magazine
Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out Carole King’s Tapestry album. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page’s seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to begin a life-long love affair with the guitar. Now based in Los Angeles, Ali unleashes sultry, groove-filled songs upon live audiences, setting the stage ablaze with fiery leads and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. She holds her own among the ranks of fierce axe-wielding performing songwriters like ani difranco & Larkin Poe and formidable guitarists such as Jimmy Page & Joe Perry. When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”
Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit TV shows. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), a guitar method book + audio brimming with advice for aspiring musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.
After releasing three albums independently, Ali’s fourth album, the Billboard-charting That’s What She Said, was released on Red Parlor Records/Sony Distribution in 2017. It was produced by Ali’s long-time collaborator & four-time Grammy Award winner Seth Atkins Horan.
Ali’s single Brave was released on July 29, 2022, produced by Seth Atkins Horan. The official music video can be seen here.