Aly Cook – Nelson, New Zealand

Singer | Songwriter | Guitarist
Genre: Country, Blues, Folk


Over the past 10 years, Aly Cook has performed around the world from New Zealand to Australia, the UK, Europe and the USA, building a fan base everywhere she goes.  Aly’s sound is an eclectic mix of Country, Blues, Folk & rootsy songs rich with harmonies and catchy choruses.  Her unique sound has developed through a long time partnership with New Zealand’s hit producer Alan Jansson. (best known for pioneering the first New Zealand street soul hip hop sound with the ‘Proud’ album & co-writing/producing one of New Zealand’s most successful songs OMC’s ‘How Bizarre’ a global smash hit)

Having been nominated 5 times for New Zealand Female Country Artist of the Year and being awarded the title in 2012, Aly’s song writing skills landed her as a nominee for both the prestigious MLT Song writing Awards for APRA Country Song of the Year and as a finalist for APRA Country Song of the Year.

Aly’s songs have graced the country music charts in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the main album charts in New Zealand.  Three singles from the current album have graced the top 20 of the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart in Australia including ‘Midnight Cowboys’, that shot up to #1 on the chart, breaking a chart record leaping from #39 to number #1 in November 2015 and at the end of April 2016, ‘Message in a Cloud’ earned the #1 position on the Australian Top 40 Country Tracks Chart.

Those who have fallen in love with her music, have also fallen in love with whom and what Aly represents, in the way of a free spirit, independence, and for her care of people and the planet.

Aly is a representation of today’s woman confident, motivated, creative and successful. These elements have seen her nominated for New Zealand Woman of the Year in 2011 in the Heritage and Culture Section for inspiration to women and for her work within the community in New Zealand.  In 2015, she worked in remote aboriginal communities on the Uncle Jimmy Thumbs up program in Australia and as an ambassador for The Forever Changed Campaign writing and recording the song for the cause.

Her inspirational force, extensive travel and experience expresses in her exceptional song writing.  Aly’s unselfish and motivational character has led her to be an artist who inspires others and assists them on their musical journey.

On return from her 2015 European Tour, where Aly performed at festivals in Italy, Norway, Germany, Spain and Poland , sharing the main bills with artists like Rosanne Cash & Laura Bell Bundy, Aly played at Sydney’s historic ‘Basement’ and graced the stage to a sold out show at ‘The Sydney Opera House’ for ‘The Jimmy Little Foundation’. In January 2016 she performed for an hour center stage showcasing her own original music from her two albums ‘Brand New Day’ & ‘HorseShoe Rodeo Hotel’.  To a crowd of 20,000 music loving fans at The Summer Concert in Taupo NZ, Aly was invited as the opening act to Melissa Etheridge, REO Speedwagon, and Huey Lewis & The News.

2016 marks the continued release of singles from her second album entitled ‘Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel’ recorded with her producer Alan Jansson and released on her own label Rodeo Records – a label they jointly formed after having inked a deal with Australia’s oldest independent distribution MGM Distribution.

Aly also has recently had one of her compositions become the title track of Joanna Campbell’s new EP and has written for other and had others record her compositions.

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Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel

Track List:

1. Home
2. Midnight Cowboys
3. Western Line
4. Love Is A Fool Time Job
5. Kimberley
6. Message In A Cloud
7. No Phone, No Mail, No Internet
8. Unknown Memories
9. Sassenay

Album credits

Produced by Alan Jansson
Mastering Engineer: Rick Huntington
Female Vocals: Aly Cook
Additional Backing Vocals: Jennie Cruse
Male Vocals: Brendan Dugan & Graham Brazier

Fiddle: Nik Brown
Keyboards: Liam Ryan & Andy Cochrane
Guitars: Aly Cook, Dean Hetherington, Paul Kingery, Fats White, Kara Gordon
Drums: Jimmy Lawrie
Bass: Steve Robinson, Dean Hetherington, Fred Renata, Neil Hannan
Mandolin: Dean Hetherington
Harmonica: Graham Brazier
Dijeridoo, Aboriginal Clapping Sticks, & Dord Iseal Bronze Horen: Kenneth Sands
Tamborine: Louise Chen

French Choir
Children: Emmanuel Trommer, Hugo Martin, Nicole Trofimoff Belmont, Olivia and Lucas Lohner-McBride, Theo Tran, Xavier Courteau-Lang
Adults: Catherine Boissay-Martin, Fabienne Bovis-Higgins Trommer, Mona-Lynn Courteau

Original Cover Artwork: Brent Hayward, AKA Fats White
Artwork Photography: Karen Crisp Cover Art
Back Cover Photo: Ken Khan
Graphic Cover Design: Aly Cook

Guitars loaned by Fred Renata and Russ Mattsen Guitars
Aly plays Maton Guitars

Released 2015

Brand New Day

Track List:

1. The River
2. Midnight Sun
3. Grow
4. Ruby Jean
5. Spend It
6. Brand New Day
7. Country Storm
8. Laughing In Silence

Album credits
Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by: Alan Jansso
Co-Mixing & Mastering Engineer: Rick Huntington

Aly Cook: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar (all tracks except #7), Backing Vocals on tracks 3,5,7
Alan Jansson: Instrumentation and Arrangements (all tracks except #7)
Steve Robinson: Rhodes, Mandolin, Keys, Arrangements (all tracks except #7), Banjo on track 3
Janes Pinker: Drums & Percussion on tracks 3,4,5
Janek Croyden: Pedal Steel on tracks 1 & 5
Harmon Green: Stand Up Bass on track 4
Jennie Cruse: Backing Vocals on tracks 1,2,3,8
Kate Holland: Backing Vocals and Bodhran on track 3
Chrissie Small: Backing Vocals on track 3
Hershal: Piano Accordian on track 3
Marian Burns: Fiddle on track 4
Harmony Aquarian: Mandolin on track 7
Sina Siapaia: Guest Vocal on track 5
Sharon O’Neill: Guest Vocal on track 6

Track 7 Recorded and Mixed at Chip Martin Productions and Produced by Chip Martin; Mastered by Alan Jansson & Rick Huntington

Recorded at Uptown Studios

℗2011 Aly Cook/Futures Entertainment

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