Aly Cook singer song writer for the last 20 years has performed around the world from New Zealand to Australia, UK, Europe and USA. She has built a country singer fan base everywhere she goes. Aly’s sound is an eclectic mix of Country, Blues, Folk & rootsy songs rich with harmonies and catchy choruses. Her unique sound has developed through a long time partnership with New Zealand’s hit producer Alan Jansson. He is best known for pioneering the first New Zealand street soul hip hop sound with the ‘Proud’ album. Alan was also a co-writer / producer on one of New Zealand’s most successful songs OMC’s ‘How Bizarre’ – a global smash hit.
Aly Cook Singer Song Writer
Having been nominated 5 times for New Zealand Female Country Artist of the Year and being awarded the title in 2012, Aly’s song writing skills landed her as a nominee for both the prestigious MLT Songwriting Awards for APRA Country Song of the Year and a finalist for APRA Country Song of the Year.
Her songs have graced the country music charts in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the main album charts in New Zealand. Aly was a finalist for NEXT New Zealand Woman of the Year 2016. Five singles from the current album have graced the top 20 of the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart in Australia.
These include ‘Midnight Cowboys’ which bulleted to #1, breaking a chart record leaping from #39 to number #1 in November 2015. Following 4 number one singles from her album ‘Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel’ on the Australian Top 40 Country Tracks airplay chart, this week marked a different release for this singer songwriter.
She released a newly commissioned protest song ‘Poison Rain’. (Electronic Acoustic Adult Contemporary). The song has been self penned and co produced with Jay Pheye in his little Golden Bay Studio ‘Pheye Creative’ with Jay doing the beats and backing and Aly the guitars and vocals and mastered by Benny Tones at Organik Muzic Workz.
‘Poison Rain’ is now available on Apple Music & Spotify with the official release being Friday 9th of Feb. ‘Poison Rain’ calls for an end to 1080 poison and other rodenticides in New Zealand, poison that is banned in many countries. The song asks for a better solution to be found, one that does not involve tons of poison continually tipped on New Zealand’s native forests.
As of November 2016 her single Message in a Cloud had been #1 on the chart for 5 of 7 weeks and her song Kimberley reached #1 on the charts for 17 weeks. Parts of Kulini Music video have been used in a TV advertisement playing nationwide on Imparja Television, promoting the East Kimberley region.
Those who have fallen in love with her music have also fallen in love with who and what Aly Cook represents, by way of a free spirit, independence and her care of people and the planet. Aly is a representation of today’s woman – confident, motivated, creative and successful.These elements have seen her nominated as a finalist for New Zealand Woman of the Year 2011 and 2016 in the Heritage and Culture Section for inspiration to women and for her work within the community in New Zealand and Australia.
In this last year she has worked in remote aboriginal communities on the Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up programme in Australia and as an ambassador for The Forever Changed Campaign writing and recording the song for the cause. Her inspirational force, extensive travel and experience expresses in her exceptional song writing.
Aly Cook’s unselfish and motivational character has led her to be an artiste who inspires others and assists them on their musical journey. Returning from her 2015 European Tour, where Aly performed at festivals in Italy, Norway, Germany, Spain and Poland, sharing the main bills with artists like Rosanne Cash & Laura Bell Bundy, Aly played at Sydney’s historic ‘Basement’ and graced the stage to a sold out show at ‘The Sydney Opera House’ for ‘The Jimmy Little Foundation’.
Pre album release track “Steal Your Love” dropped 6th September 2019 from the Aly Cook album “Caught in the Middle” which released on 27th September 2019. This album takes you on a multi genre journey through country, blues, roots and acoustic. An eclectic collection of works that is all tied together through outstanding musicianship and Cook’s heartfelt delivery of the songs. There are 9 original works and 3 selected covers.
Credits: Lead Vocal–Aly Cook, Guitars–Glen Hannah, Bass Guitar–James Gillard, Keyboards–Rick Melick, Pedal Steel–John Kaldor, Drums–Buzz Bidstrup.
Produced by Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup.
Recorded and Mixed by David Nicholas & Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup.
Check out Red Dirt Road Trip (above) which premiered on YouTube on Sept 19th 2019. The music video is directed by Amy Shields from Light Tree Media and was filmed in the Red Centre around the Alice Springs area.
In January 2016 she performed for an hour centre stage showcasing her own original music from her two albums Brand New Day and HorseShoe Rodeo Hotel. This was to a crowd of 20,000 at The Summer Concert in Taupo NZ where Aly was invited as the opening act to Melissa Etheridge, REO Speedwagon and Huey Lewis and The News.
2017 marked the continued release of singles from her second album entitled ‘Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel’. This was recorded with her producer Alan Jansson on their own label Rodeo Records – a label they jointly formed after having inked a deal with Australia’s oldest independent distribution MGM Distribution.
Aly recently had one of her newest compositions co-written with Australian producer and songwriter Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup (The Angels / Gangajang). This song Kulini has become the title track for Joanna Campbell’s new EP. She has written for other artistes and has had others record her compositions. The single and video for Kulini was released in 2017.