16-year-old New York singer-songwriter Ali Isabella made her global concert debut on February 26 at the International Festival of Country Music at Wembley Arena in London, England, the same day as her first CD, "Say You'll Be Mine," was released simultaneously in the UK and through iTunes and Amazon. This week (March 11 2012), one of the cuts on that album – "What If" – hit The Hotdisc Top 40 Chart in the #21 spot overall and #9 of the new releases.
Songs on The Hotdisc Top 40 can also be listened to on www.CMR Nashville.com every Sunday at mid-day and the British & Irish Top 10 show on UKCountryRadio.com every Monday at 8 PM.
Ali's debut album, Say You'll Be Mine, made in New York and Nashville, features nine songs written by Ali alone and with collaborator. Working with an eclectic mix of songwriters in New York, Nashville, London and Bristol, England, the first collection of tracks showcases Ali's personal interests and fun activities by translating her everyday world into original lyrics and music.
"Performing at Wembley Arena with Reba McEntire, Asleep at The Wheel, Lonestar and all the other great country singers was amazing," Ali says. "I still can't believe it. I had such a good time on stage and the audience reaction was greater than I could have imagined. I'll remember that experience for the rest of my life."
Ali's management team – John Velasco and Marc Jacobson of dba: direction by appointment – were happy, but not surprised, by the reaction of the Wembley Arena country music fans to Ali's debut performance. "We always knew that Ali had tremendous talent and to see her perform on the big stage at her age, in front of thousands of people backed up our faith in her," said Velasco, who traveled to England with Ali and her family for this breakthrough event. "As soon as she was introduced and she stepped out on the stage, there was a loud roar from the audience, she strode out with confidence and there was a rising star in our midst."
As soon as Ali returned to the states, she went back to her high school classes in Westchester County. "I had to prepare for my finals," she said with a big smile across her pretty face.