Her first album, Too Much & Too Lovely won 1st place in Billboard s Annual World Song Contest in Jazz among many other awards.
While Alyse's songwriting could be likened to the playful jazziness of Regina Spektor, Alyse's voice has been described as a cross between the voices of Tori Amos and Norah Jones. Because Alyse's major influences run the gamut from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits, her writing is at once quirky and sultry.
Fans adore her smooth, come-hither voice and cleverly spun lyrics... Like a sonic speedball, her smooth-as-butter jazz sensibility mixes with her frisky, spirited voice to produce one helluva listening high.
--San Antonio Current
Listeners looking for something fresh and new should check out the debut CD from singer-songwriter Alyse Black.
The Austin, Texas-based newcomer brings together an eclectic mix of original pop and jazz songs on Too Much & Too Lovely. The 12-track CD includes "Stood For Stand For" which earned Black first-place honors in Billboard's 2007 World Song Contest in the jazz category. The moody ballad showcases Black's silky vocals, which are backed by a low-key but strong ensemble of piano, trumpet, bass, and drums.
Black has been compared to a host of different female vocalists, including Regina Spektor, Feist, Fiona Apple, and Kate Bush. One more to add to the list is Tori Amos. All of these singers fall into the indie-pop genre, and that's a category that suits Black but is too narrow to define her. The CD kicks off with "Emeline" a catchy pop tune that has all the playfulness of Spektor's singing and the wonderment of Amos' lyrics. Black sounds as lovely as Bush throughout the CD, especially on the beautiful "Sally All My Days."
Despite the many comparisons, Black is her own woman, with a strong, sultry voice and a point of view that comes out in her lyrics. A jazz influence that also helps her stand out from the crowd gives her another hue in her colorful palette.
Too Much & Too Lovely is an impressive, original debut.
There are some voices that stop you in your tracks and make you listen, and Alyse Black is a great example. - Eclectic Mix Podcast -
Black boldly channels Bjork, Billie, and Bush (Kate, not GW). Best yet, this jazzy, arty, oddball epic also sounds like Alyse Black more than any of her influences. - Roctober Magazine -
Alyse is a pure heart and sensation. I am emotionally blown away by the simple, yet intertwining skill of voice and sound that is projected from this talented musician. She definitely is a pick for the private collection. - Urban Mainstream Magazine -
Alyse hits home with every track enough to mesmerize a person... The music of Alyse Black transcends all genres, demographics and more... My audience is always hinged for more! - KRIM-FM 96.3 in Payson, Arizona - --Various