When Aly Tadros was offered her first paid gig, she had three original songs under her belt. The set time called for two hours.
She took it anyways.
Four years and over 600 shows later, that gutsy attitude has defined Tadros as an ardent and auspicious voice among young singer/songwriters. Spacious and melodic, salty and moving, her classical guitar writhes in a fusion of Latin, Middle Eastern, and American folk and pop. With a timbre as angelic as it is weather beaten, what resonates about Tadros’s vocals is that “they sound fresh, genuine, and from the gut” Bootleg Magazine.
An early interest in travel led Tadros to leave hometown of Laredo, Texas at seventeen, moving between Turkey, Spain, and her father’s native Egypt. Immersing herself in Spanish, Turkish and Arabic language studies, she developed a keen ear for contemporary and traditional world music. She names Oum Kalsoum, Ali Farka Toure, Duman, and Silvio Rodriguez among her favorites. The San Antonio Current attributes Aly’s unique folk-stylings to her extensive travel, calling her “born to fingerpick & execute a perfect cuban clave…a musical sponge that absorbs everything she hears wherever she goes.”
“By the time I was done traveling, the most obvious choice was to study politics and reclaim my chair as the back-seat dreamer,” Tadros recalls. But by her second year at Sarah Lawrence College, Aly was spending more time behind her guitar than her textbooks. “And then one night, as if a switch went off, I realized school wasn’t for me. Instead of cramming for a final, I wrote my first song. ”
Aly made her home in Austin, Texas dedicating her full time to songwriting and live performance. She released her debut, “Things Worth Keeping,” produced by Duane Lundy (Ben Sollee, These United States, Vandaveer) in August 2009 amidst her first and second national tours. The self-booked tours spanned seven months, and twenty-five U.S. states. Summer of 2010, she completed her first international tour with Toronto-based Chloe Charles; including Germany, France, England, Ireland, and Italy. In addition to numerous national radio, print, and digital press; Tadros’s DIY release and tour received coverage from USAToday.com, Austinist.com, and The Austin Examiner. She is a three-time winner of the Eddie’s Attic Open Stage in Decatur, GA, winner of the San Antonio Battle of the Bands, and most recently, The Austin Recording Conservatory’s Singer/Songwriter Competition.
Banned with a classical guitar and a cajon, Music Connection Magazine calls her stripped-down set “a mixture of humor, honesty, and playfulness [on] the stage…with the acoustic prowess akin to Amos Lee.” With the full-band, The San Antonio Current dubs the breadth of her live performance as “fierce…larger than life”.
This winter Aly heads out on her third European tour with her Austin/Toronto collective, The Sweetness, to celebrate their debut EP “What’s it like to be a sprinkler, I wonder?” followed by a North American tour, and official showcase at Folk Alliance International in Memphis, TN.
Her second full-length album is set for release in 2012.