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Ali Handal
Vocals, Guitars

Los Angeles , California
United States of America

Patty Griffin, Jason Mraz, Pierre Bensusan
Led Zeppelin, Ani Difranco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith

What inspires LA-based recording artist Ali Handal to roll out of bed every morning? Well, when it’s not her oversized cat Indy meowing loudly in her ear, it’s the opportunity for her to spend another day expressing her passions through her music.
Ali quit taking piano lessons to pick up the guitar when, in 7th grade, she got her first taste of Led Zeppelin. Blown away by Jimmy Page’s explosive riffs and the band’s carnal grooves, Ali was determined to become involved in rock n roll in any and every way she could. Three guitar-playing boyfriends later, it struck Ali that perhaps it might be better to BE in a rock band rather than just date all the guitar players she knew (funny how her soloing wasn’t improving), so she got serious about mastering the instrument herself.

Fast forward a few years, and we find Ali exploring themes of passion, sex, and life as an independent young woman on her debut CD Dirty Little Secret. The songs range from aggressive funky rockers to tender ballads but are tied together throughout by Ali’s passionate, dynamic vocals and insightful lyrics. Oh, yeah—and by her guitar playing—she played every guitar you hear on the CD.

Her funky rhythm guitar style reveals influences such as John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and James Brown, while her soloing explores the blues-infused side of rock n roll, a la Slash, Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. Ali’s vocal inspirations range from the fervent breathy wails of ani difranco to the dark, honeyed brooding of Fiona Apple.

Ali’s music has been featured both in film and on television, including Sex in the City, Life As We Know It, Joan of Arcadia, Dawson’s Creek, and many shows on MTV & VH-1. Ali’s songs have won prizes in several contests (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Unisong, ASCAP), and her music has been heard around the world from airplanes (Northwest/KLM In-Flight Entertainment) to pop concerts in South Africa (Ali’s song “While You’re Here” was recorded by a South African TV star).

With her newest CD, “Breathing Underwater,” Ali taps into her softer side with an intimate vocal delivery reminiscent of Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan, painted over lush acoustic guitar work (again, Ali plays all the guitars you hear on the CD). Throughout the album, Ali creates a delicious intimacy between artist and listener, treating the theme of love lost in her uniquely bittersweet way, as well as offering up several atypical love songs written for various members of her family.
As Ali consistently moves forward in her career, she continues to explore themes of passion, sex, love, and the inner battle between fearless independence and the longing for companionship that defines both Ali Handal the person and Ali Handal the recording artist.

Rule the world! ;)


Ali’s music has been featured on the following Television shows:

  • Sex in the City (HBO)
  • Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
  • Strange Frequency (VH-1)
  • Tough Enough (MTV)
  • Celebrity Undercover (MTV)
  • Dawson’s Creek (WB)
  • Life As We Know It (ABC)
  • Undressed (MTV)
  • 54321 (Fox Sports)
  • Maybe It’s Me (WB)

Ali is an Award-winning songwriter:

  • John Lennon Songwriting Contest Prize Winner
  • ASCAP Plus Award (2 years)
  • Unisong International Songwriting Contest Finalist (2 years)

Ali’s music has been heard in the following Feature Films:

  • Dancing at the Blue Iguana
  • Emmet’s Mark
  • Pursuit of Happiness

Other Places you may have heard Ali’s music:

  • Nic Harcourt’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on KCRW, 89.9 FM
  • KLOS “Local Licks” radio show on KLOS 95.5 FM
  • Northwest & KLM Airlines In-Flight Audio Programming
  • On the debut CD of South African singer/TV star Candice Hillebrand. Candice covers Ali’s song “While You’re Here,” as well as songs written by Shelly Peiken (co-writer of Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants”) & Chrissie Amphlett (writer of the Divinyls “I Touch Myself”).

You may have seen Ali’s Hands:

  • As a guitar-playing hand double in the Playboy home video “Wild Web Girls” (you never know where your talent will take you!)

Ali is endorsed by the following companies:

  • Taylor Guitars
  • Epiphone Guitars
  • Jim Dunlop
  • Dean Markley Strings
  • Seymour Duncan Pickups
  • Anvil Cases
  • Levys Leathers
  • Sonic Foundry

Ali was voted one of LA’s Top 100 Unsigned Artists of 2002, 2003 & 2004 by Music Connection Magazine


Album title
No. Tracks Release Date
1998 Demos CD 3 August 1998
Dirty Little Secret CD 11 February 2000
Breathing Under Water CD 11 December 2004
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