Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month for a songwriters round and a chance to get up close and personal with some of Michigan’s best songwriters…
Combining the likes of pop, folk, and soul with sharply insightful songwriting, Michigan-based Alison Albrecht consistently captivates audiences from music halls to living rooms. Her sound is bold yet ethereal, drawing from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Stevie Nicks, and Lorde. Her music creates the perfect soundtrack for the complex, universal human emotions we all feel.
At nine years old, Alison began performing across the state of Michigan and she hasn’t stopped since. She has self-released award-winning EPs and two singles, with new releases in the works for 2022. Her vibrant spirit instantly connects with listeners and her vulnerable lyrics fearlessly tackle navigating the often untold fluctuations of life.
Alison intends to graduate from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2022 with a degree in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience – and plans to pursue a full-time career in music. She hopes to combine music and songwriting with the mental health field, advocating for marginalized voices and supporting individuals with diverse experiences.
Julianne Ankley’s soulful country style hails from a small Michigan border town close to the shore of Lake Huron and within earshot of the musical influences of Detroit.
With fourteen Detroit Music Awards, including being named “Special Honoree” for the 2022 DMAs for Outstanding Country Vocalist, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her top notch band The Rogues, for years. Julianne’s latest album “With Love From Lake Huron” was the recipient of the 2021 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording, and the single release “Why” won the 2020 award of the same name. “Why” is out in digital formats everywhere and the video can be seen on CMCTV, The Country Network Music Channel, and Youtube. To date, she has released 4 albums and 4 singles with her freshman album “Vivid” garnering the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” was used nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut EP, “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless. Julianne performed her song “Christmas In Your Heart” for the live, nationally televised “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” on WDIV (NBC).
As a songwriter, Julianne has written with hit songwriters, Mike Dekle, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Amanda Williams, Jon D’Agostino, Michelle Chenard, and Caleb Malooley. She has performed at many songwriter shows alongside hit writers including Aaron Barker Sr., Chas Sandford, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Heidi Newfield, Kristen Kelly, Byron Hill, Angie Kielhauer, Bernie Nelson, and Barbara Cloyd.
She’s been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
Julianne Ankley is also an active voting member of the Recording Academy for the Grammys.
Jake LeMond is a songwriter and musician from Detroit, MI. He also plays in the bands Michigander and Hickey Eyes, collaborates with Yueku and has shared stages with artists like Mt. Joy and Jake Bugg.
Alex Shier is an American Singer-Songwriter whose musical style spans across folk, rock, and soul. Shier grew up in the small mid-western town of Port Huron, MI and has been an independent artist since 2015. He is set to release his upcoming single “Don’t Go” in mid-late March of 2022.