"Slow Burn, the debut album from stirring songstress Ali McGuirk, possesses the kind of intense introspection usually reserved for artists twice her age. The singer dives headfirst into the turbulent waters of heartbreak, longing, and adulthood with cognizance that is wistful yet liberating; raw yet still devastatingly beautiful."
- Candace McDuffie, Vanyaland
“Ali McGuirk is incredible. Let her voice stir your soul.”
"A soul singer who evokes comparisons to Amy Winehouse but rocks even harder."
- Steve Morse, The Boston Globe
"A single listen to 'Slow Burn' reveals that McGuirk’s labor of love is full of rewards. The record ranges from ’70s-style quiet storm to ’90s neo-soul to modern alternative R&B. What’s that mean? If you dig Marvin Gaye or Sade, Norah Jones or Ledisi, you’ll dig 'Slow Burn,'"
- Jed Gotleib, Boston Herald
“When she opens her mouth, people stop and take notice, captivated by her swooping, honeyed voice.”
-Paul Robicheau, The Improper Bostonian
Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Donny Hathaway, Sarah Vaughan, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Neil Young, Sheila Jordan, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston…
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Ali McGuirk has made a career of captivating audiences with her powerful, buttery voice and heartfelt songwriting. Her earliest years as a performer were spent earning residencies across 4 continents, from Santorini to Hong Kong.
In 2016, she was recognized by the Boston Globe as an "artist to hear," along with Lake Street Dive, Haim and other notable names. Shortly thereafter, she released her debut, self-titled EP and has been riding that momentum ever since.
In November 2017, she released her first full-length album, "Slow Burn," which saw her working with an eclectic mix of artists, including Boston guitar legend Jeffrey Lockhart (Lettuce, D'angelo, Lalah Hathaway), Brandon Mayes (Kendrick Lamar, Soulja Boy), DeShawn D’Vibes Alexander (Marcus King, Eric Krasno) and Cilla Bonnie (Air Traffic Controller).
"Slow Burn" was named on multiple year-end lists, including Boston rock critic Steve Morse's Top Ten Albums of 2017, and contributed to Ali’s current total of 7 Boston Music Award nominations and her 2018 New England Music Award nomination for R&B Act of the Year.
At the 2018 Boston Music Awards, Ali took home Blues Artist of the Year and Live Residency of the Year for her monthly First Fridays at Bull McCabe’s Pub. Find Ali playing most regularly around Cambridge and Somerville or check her schedule to see when she’ll be coming to a city near you.
Find "Slow Burn" streaming on all online platforms.