Hello and Welcome!
I am Alice. I come from a small town on the coast of southern Finland.
I am incredibly honored that the producers for The Great American Rhythm Section, Bob Olhsson and Ed Pettersen, have chosen me as their singer.
Knowing that these guys have worked with such greats like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Candi Staton, Bettye LaVette, The Black Crowes, The Mavericks and other legends too many to list here, is a very humbling experience.
The band is also the ultimate dream team:
Ed Greene on drums, Bob Babbitt on bass, Reggie Young on guitar, David Hungate on guitar, and Cathrine Styron-Marx on keys. Let me just say they are incredible. Tom Dowd suggested getting them together to Bob Olhsson just before he died. This is further evidence that Tom Dowd was a great man. RIP Tom. Just google any of these
names if you are not familiar with their work.
I find singing to this band’s playing so inspiring. In this day and age when so much music is pieced together with a computer mouse, it just feels so good to sing with music made by recording a live performance. It is a rich feast to have a real band grooving organically. All kinds of wonderful magic just happens in the music when the band is playing live together.
I am still trying to figure out why I was chosen,
but it may be because I do try to combine the rhythm and spontaneous emotion of singers like Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner with the melodic expressiveness of such singers that I also hugely admire like Bonnie Raitt and Faith Hill.
I think the producers in their songwriting and choice of songs are also trying to combine and find the best qualities from these different musical directions.
In one aspect though there is no compromise, the music is not manufactured within a a computer. I really respect this ‘direct from the heart of the performer to the ear of the listener’ approach, and I am very proud to be a part of it, and I have to thank Tapani Rauha for making all this happen too.
Now let me suggest a deal for you: If you join my mailing list, I will let you know when we are performing should you want to have a chance to hear us live. I will also, as thanks for showing interest, give you a download of a song that is not yet for sale anywhere. I feel the song is quite representative of what we have been doing.