Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, WCMA Winners Sweet Alibi, have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with admirers across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, Michelle Anderson and joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Sandy Fernandez on drums. Vocalist and guitarist Jess Rae Ayre is often compared to the likes of Adele, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse, while also presenting her own distinct tone and personality. Amber Nielsen’s vocals and songwriting bring a sincere and pure sound to the group with a Fleetwood Mac-esque edge. Michelle Anderson’s charismatic guitar lines are thoughtfully placed within the songs and the audience is often marvelled by her casual persona that brings a creative flair to their sound. Backed by some of Winnipeg’s finest you end up with the unmistakable sound that has left audiences across Canada, the U.S and Europe adoring this Winnipeg group.
“Sweet Alibi definitely belongs in the category of best Canadian folk-pop artists” - Coolibri GERMANY
“Sweet Alibi’s expert harmonies and timeless soul continue to draw eyes and ears to the ‘Music Heart of the Continent’ Winnipeg!”- Beatroute Magazine
The group’s journey first began with their self-titled release in 2011, which was produced by Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) and sent them on their first tour across Canada supported by college and community radio. Two years later in 2013, they teamed with producer Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities) and together they created their second album, ‘We’ve Got To’. Inspired by a tumultuous year, the album reflects the personal woes of the group. The title track ‘I’ll Wait’ reveals the struggles of cancer and battling death, of which many can relate to.The album ’We’ve Got To’ garnered national accolades, awards and major radio airplay, with several of their songs making it on to CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart.
Their latest album, ‘Walking In The Dark’, produced by Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Crash Test Dummies) has been featured on CBC, MTV Canada, CMT, satellite and college/community radio, touching on heavy subjects of love, death and addiction. “Bodacious”, has a vibe similar to something from Arcade Fire’s Reflektor album, while the song, My Love, lays down a rhythm oddly reminiscent of k-os’ 2006 hit, “Sunday Morning”. These songs, along with the opening track “Keep Showing You”, lay the foundation for Ayre’s sultry vocal style, Amber’s vocals, more traditional and pure. The way she sings on “Not A Fight” is honey to the soul, and her vocals work well with Walking in the Dark’s more pop-oriented tracks such as Moving To The Country, which is a songwriting marvel. It is pure T-Swift-meets-the Supremes” - The Manitoban.
The band is currently working on their fourth studio album with producers Matt Peters and Matt Schellenberg of Royal Canoe. The album is set to be a melodic experience focused on hooky guitar lines and layered beats, inspired by the likes of Alabama Shakes and Bahamas. Sweet Alibi’s sound has been evolving and refining through their past album releases, extensive Canada wide and international touring, as well as a focused effort to draw on the creative efforts of their favourite influencers. Not yet titled, their next album is slated for release in fall 2019.