London shortly before his 17th birthday. A few years of jobs, bands and recording sessions followed before landing a publishing contract as a songwriter.
His recording career started with A&M Records and his debut album featured the hit song ‘Take a Little Rhythm’ which achieved Top 10 success in the USA, Canada, Japan and various other countries. A follow up album ‘Deception is an Art’ was released to critical acclaim but Ali decided to curtail his brief time as a recording artist to pursue his ambitions as a songwriter. “I don’t think I was prepared psychologically or emotionally for the world of the pop star and I found the music business frustrating to navigate at such a young age”.
However, in 2018 Ali decided to go back into the studio and record his 3rd album, ‘Songs from the Playroom’. Ali explains, “I love working with new artists and collaborating with other writers and producers but I’ve always had a desire to record my own music again. The music market has changed so much since I made records in the 80’s and it has opened up for artists to release music without the restrictions and pressures of working with big record companies. I really did this music for myself but hope that my experience and creative instincts have helped to make something that others might enjoy”.
Now in 2022 Ali will release his 4th studio album ‘The Last Rodeo’. This is a collection of 12 new songs and features many of the same musicians that performed on his last release.
Written and recorded in his studio The Playroom over the last two tumultuous years, the songs often reflect the uncertainty and extraordinary change the world was experiencing but without becoming too negative or introspective. All songs were written by Ali apart from “Real World” which was co-written with his old friend Marc Jordan who added his lyrical and melodic talents to Ali’s existing song.
Ali concludes, “I genuinely believe these are some of the best songs I’ve written in my entire career and, while it was not an easy process getting this album finished, I am very proud of the outcome. I really hope the fans that seemed to enjoy ‘Songs from the Playroom’ will come to love this one just as much.