Singer / songwriter / pianist / guitarist / inspirational speaker – 21-year-old Ali McManus is releasing her debut album Unbreakable on February 16 (Desert Dreams Books & Music), produced by the legendary Jack Douglas. An uplifting collection of personal songs, Unbreakable features distinctive vocals and honest, powerful lyrics that speak to McManus' place as a beacon for perseverance against adversity.
Entering the studio in 2017 with producer Jack Douglas to begin work on the album, McManus’ sound evolved. Her music traverses musical moods from the soaring strength-infused opening track “Unbreakable” to the elevating nature of “Rhythm That Rhymes.” The hopeful cadence of “Wings,” buoyed by gospel organs, leads to the emotional weight of “Heart Shattered.” Proving that an unstoppable spirit can topple all odds, McManus’ strong vocal delivery betrays her 30% lung capacity.
But Ali’s story is one of compelling talent and an indomitable spirit. Ali’s velvety vocals are reminiscent of Stevie Nicks; her songwriting evokes a young Joni Mitchell or Jewel, with the timeless modern appeal of Sara Bareilles and Haim.Named Youth Ambassador for several charities, McManus donates her time giving back to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, the Children’s Miracle Network and Dick Wagner “Remember The Child” Memorial Fund. “I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair,” states Ali. “I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day.” With these words, she aims to connect with listeners, and hopes to inspire them with her story. Unbreakable is an open door to her soul, washing over the listener with her warmth and optimism.