the newest pioneer in Pop Music... AL LAY! Al released his debut
solo effort, entitled "Life", in January 2002 via the Internet.
The full-length album is available at Amazon.com, Starpolish.com,
and right here on the Official Al Lay Website. Al's "Life"
has already placed him as the #2 most downloaded artists on Starpolish.com!
Read on for a briefing on this Manhattan Beach, CA native and rising
At the beginning of 2002, AL LAY won the Best Contemporary Pop category
in the Unsigned War Contest for "Perfect World", which also happens to be the opening track on his album. Shortly
after that, "Perfect World" was chosen to appear on the SBS Records
Indie Music Sampler Volume 5, distributed worldwide to over 15,000
people. October 2001, Al placed as one of eight Finalists in the
Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards/ Starpolish.com "Best Unsigned
Artist" Contest, in which over 4,000 bands were competing for the
top spot. Al was also deemed one of the "Best Indie Artists and
Emerging Bands" in the December 2001 issue of Lip Service Magazine,
a national music trade publication, distributed to over 8,000 Industry
Executives … All of this before his album "Life" was released. The
vote is unanimous; Al Lay and his music will not be kept secret
Al Lay has been writing
and playing music for over fifteen years. Although he plays most
of the instruments in his songs, he excels at playing the bass guitar.
This singer/songwriter also engineers and mixes his own tunes...
spending most of his spare time in the studio. After graduating
from Cal State with a Degree in Music/ Audio Recording, he spent
five years at one of LA's finest recording studios. As a staff engineer,
Al got a chance to meet and work with several of his influences.
Some of his collaborations include; singing back up vocals for the
punk band MXPX (A&M/ Tooth And Nail Records), singing a duet
with Chantal Kreviazuk (Sony Music Canada), and playing bass with
Black Sabbath (Sony Music)... Just to name a few.
Al Lay acquired
most of his experience as a musician by playing in local LA bands.
He's made his way around the Hollywood circuit more than a few times;
playing places like The Whisky, The Roxy, The Key Club, The Viper
Room and The Opium Den. His last band, Sonny Bones, even landed
him on a tour around the United States...This artist is no stranger
to a stage!
Al is finally putting his creative energy into
a solo venture that is sure to take off. While his musical accomplishments
throughout the last fifteen years have included many types of styles
and genres, his solo efforts say a lot more about who he is. The
"Al Lay Way" fuses pop and funk together with a "Motown" feel...
We call it "New School Funktional-Pop"! You listen and be
the judge. Just know... This is not the last you'll hear from AL
MUSIC CONFERENCE COMPILATION CD
featured Al Lay's track "Someday" - MMCFF, August 2002
JAG NATIONAL COLLEGE RADIO SAMPLER
featured Al Lay's track "One By One" - Cheap Jag Records,
SBS RECORDS INDIE MUSIC SAMPLER VOL. 5
featured Al Lay's track "Perfect World" - SBS Records, May
AL LAY "Life" Album (solo project)
Funkipeepz Music, January 2002
SONNY BONES "Sonny Bones" Album
(bass & background
vocals) Jet Mann Entertainment - 1999
AIMEE LAY "Home Away From Home"
(bass & harmony vocals) - 2000
PRAS & MYA "Ghetto Superstar" Remix
(bass) Interscope Records - 1998
LEAH ANDREONE "Alchemy"
(bass) RCA Records - 1998
MXPX "I'm Okay, You're Okay"
(background vocals) A&M Records - 1998
CHANTAL KREVIAZUK "Hands"
(harmony vocals) Sony Music Canada - 1997
DOWN BY LAW "All Scratched Up"
(background vocals) - 1996