ALANNAH MYLES

Alannah Myles
Photo / Copyright: Alannah Myles

BIOGRAPHY:
Alannah Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter, daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer William Douglas Byles (1914–1988) inducted in 1997 to Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.
She changed her surname to Myles at age 19 after deciding to pursue a career in entertainment. Modelling and commercial acting in national TV spots paid for music demos only to weather countless rejections from all labels in her homeland, Canada until recorded masters of three songs including, "Who Loves You"​, a ​video demo of "Just One Kiss" directed by Deborah Samuel​, funded by songwriting collaborator, Christopher Ward, Much Music VJ & Program Director (City TV), matched financing by FACTOR, landed 'Alannah Myles' her first 7-8 album deal with Atlantic Records in 1987. WMG's A&R Director, Bob Roper presented her three-song video package to WMG's U.S. affiliates Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic label founder) and Atlantic's head of A&R, Tunc Erim who sealed  the deal within a month, sight unseen! With a meagre $2,000. advance for one year of living expenses, Myles quit her lucrative commercial acting career to co-write and record with collaborator Christopher Ward and multi gifted producer - writer - musician, David Tyson. Atlantic's 1989 spring release saw Myles touring non-stop, internationally for 18 months. Alannah's debut album was awarded a Canadian Diamond Award for over one million units sold and is the only Canadian debut artist to attain that title. Her first album was reported to have sold upwards of six million copies internationally and remains a classic-selling album to date, succeeded by top 10 hits in several countries around the world. The only single to hit number one in Canada was in 1990 with her self-penned ballad, "Lover of Mine". Top 40 hits included "Love Is", "Still Got This Thing For You". "Alannah's fourth American 1990 single, "Black Velvet" hit number one for two weeks with a bullet on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 Chart to become a worldwide classic radio hit, winning her the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In 1992, Myles was nominated for a second Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for title track "Rockinghorse" on the flip side of the lead off single, "Song Instead of a Kiss" from the "sophomore jinxed" CD, Rockinghorse. "Song Instead Of A Kiss" was a 60-piece orchestrated ballad that reached number one around the globe but was met with little response in America, whose audiences were accustomed to the "slow southern style" of Black Velvet.


LAST ALBUM:
85 BPM (2014)
Alannah Myles

HOMEPAGE: www.alannahmyles.com

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DISCOGRAPHY - ALBUM:

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2015 - A RIVAL

Label: Facinate inc / Tunecore inc.
2014 - 85 BPM

Label: Fascinate inc / Tunecore inc.
1998 - THE VERY BEST OF
Label: Ark 21 Records / WMG Canada / Universal Music
1997 - A RIVAL

Label: Ark 21 Records / Universal Music
1995 - A-LAN-NAH

Label: Atlantic Records (WMG)
1992 - ROCKINGHORSE

Label: Atlantic Records (WMG)
1989 - ALANNAH MYLES

Label: Atlantic Records (WMG)




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