Allison Lickley is a singer/songwriter that charms audiences with her stories and captures them with her songs. Known for her honest, intimate performances, her voice is often compared to those of Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan. Wolf/Furey Productions writes that Allison is a “…painter of musical vistas both tender and sweeping, with a voice as clear and rich as a star-swept Canadian winter sky.”
Born in Edmonton, raised in Sudbury, schooled in the Maritimes, and currently living in Montreal, this Canadian singer/songwriter has come a long way since writing her first song in the back of her parents Volvo wagon. The daughter of two scientist/musician parents, it seemed almost logical that Lickley would first earn a degree in Chemistry before moving to Montreal to officially start her music career.
And now, four years after moving to Montreal, Lickley has released her first full-length, fully-produced record, You Might Find Me Here. This twelve-song album is the culmination of a year’s work with LA/Montreal producer/engineer, Robert-Eric Gaskell. You Might Find Me Here is a fusion of Lickley’s minimalist folk style and Gaskell’s urban music background. The album has already started garnering attention from the critics; of You Might Find Me Here, CBC’s Dan Lessard writes: “Allison Lickley has a haunting quality to her voice and lyrics that compel you to play every track on her disc. This up-and-coming young lady has soul, track to track, and by listening to her music, you get the sense you know her.” In 2009 the album was nominated for Best Vocal Performance on a Recording, Best Songwriter, and Best Album at the 2009 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Lickley was the first artist in the seven years of NOMFA’s existence to be nominated for three awards. The first track, Smoky Nights, took home Best Vocal Performance on a Recording.
With multiple tours across Canada, a month of concerts in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, regular interviews and radio-play on CBC Radio One and Two (including Vinyl Café), song placement in films, and two previously released EPs, Lickley has only just begun. The next year will be a busy one for Lickley as she continues to promote her album with tours across Canada and the United States.