On Angels Wings
*WINNER* 2006 Gospel Music Association Covenant Award for Seasonal Song of the Year for 'On Angels' Wings' *WINNER* 2005 Gospel Music Association Covenant Award for Seasonal Song of the Year for 'Brand New Miracle' 'A passionate and soothing voice...musical arrangements fresh, interesting and beautifully integrated.' Loreena McKennitt, Singer / Composer 'Since the release of her debut CD in 2000 I have followed Ali's musical career with great interest. I've been very impressed, not just with her artistry, but with her level of commitment and her willingness to invest countless hours in the pursuit of excellence. The results of this pursuit are evident. Ali's songwriting and vocal abilities have progressed at a rapid pace...her future is very bright indeed.' Jim Vallance, Producer / Songwriter (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Heart, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt) 'Matthews' softly soaring voice illuminates each melody with lucid maturity and sensitivity. Her vocals are both vulnerable and knowing, finely attuned to life's struggles and hopes.' Taylor Guitars, California 'By turns elegant and inspirational, Matthews never allows the spiritual nature of her songs to degenerate into preachy musical dogma. This is music that speaks to the soul through the ear, whether you call it folk, country, pop or sacred.' Robert Reid, The Record 'I was enchanted with Ali's Christmas CD. 'On Angels' Wings' fit right in with all the best music in our collection... It is a must add to your CD collection.' Steve Rae, MIX 107.7 FM & CJCS Radio, Stratford '...remarkably poised and confident... her voice is expressive, distinctive and clear, filtering her lyrics through a personality that is both likable and sincere... her melodies are fresh, original and engaging: more than that, they're memorable... by any standards this is among the very best singer-songwriter releases in quite some time.' Ken Mavor, Audio File, The Stratford Beacon Herald 'The sound quality grabs you from the opening note... then her voice... another notch on the great Canadian singer-songwriter stick... an extremely worthy debut offering' Neil Matheson, Music 'This musical duo is turning heads with their silky acoustic sounds. Both produce their art effortlessly, the sign of true finesse. With ease, they turn a jaded observer into an instant fan.' Jim Haggarty, Editor, Stratford City Gazette 'Ali's music is a lot like her faith - raw, intimate and infectious. Her songs not only entertain - they inspire' Michael Bannerman, Singer / Songwriter (Lost Coin) 'The ethereal spirituality of a Loreena McKennitt or a Christian Shawn Colvin permeates this disc... There's something of that 'little girl wishing,' quality, inside the adult voice of Matthews, that brings both those singers to mind. That being said, she's managed to carve out her own unique territory within that tradition...Together with her playing partner and co-producer, Rick Francis, they create a shimmering interweaving of two guitars amid the other acoustic and electronic instruments. It's a full, soaring, airy, searching sound...It's like a good black gospel record-only in a completely different way... if you don't mind the message it's a nice-sounding CD, a good sample of Matthews and Francis at work in the fields of the Lord.' Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs (Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine) 'This CD delves into the spiritual without ever getting maudlin, and carries itself with grace and wonder' Alex Sinclair, Songwriter / Musician (Tamarack PROFILE: Multi-award winning recording artist, Ali Matthews has been a performing songwriter since her teens and has built a strong following across Canada and beyond. She has released 5 critically acclaimed CD's since 2000 on her independent music label, Shake-a-paw music. Her CD's are distributed nationally through David C Cooke Distribution. Writing and performing on both piano and acoustic guitar, she blends mature and sensitive lyrics with evocative, compelling melodies. Ali's songwriting and performing are highly respected in both the Christian and the mainstream music industry due to her accessible, honest lyrics and her ability to weave the "spiritual" into every day life experiences. Matthews' songwriting and recording have yielded an impressive collection of international awards. She has received 10 GMA Covenant awards and 22 nominations in 5 years. She was a winner in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, The Canadian National Songwriting Competition, The Word Guild Canadian Writers Awards and she was named Woman of the Year in the City of Stratford for her outstanding contribution to the Arts.