Little Too Far
On Alana Sowman's latest release, "A Little Too Far," Alana mixes catchy pop-rock rhythms with bittersweet lyrics that express the difficulties facing and the exhilaration of overcoming fears and obstacles in our lives. These are songs that will quickly get into your head, get you humming like a fool, and, at the same time, ask you those "little-big" questions that we all face every day: Will you take that next step? If you do, what will happen? Growing up in Australia and other exotic South Pacific locales such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands gave singer/songwriter, Alana Sowman, the opportunity to learn from and embrace a variety of cultures which have come to influence her emotive musical style. Alana was always a closet musician who enjoyed playing the piano and writing music as a child. She began working in the music industry in Australia as a recording engineer before deciding to continue her trek around the globe. The souvenirs of Alana's travels have been the remarkable people and places that inspire her earnest lyrics and dulcet melodies. Arriving in Washington D.C., Alana entered her public life as a musician - performing in local venues. Her passion led her to produce a self released album titled laud-e-nin-ab-sis. Alana's classic nomadic existence spurned her on to New York where she scored and performed music for an off-Broadway play, Phoebe in Flux. Turning her sights westward, Alana landed in Los Angeles (her new adopted home) where she has performed at several well-known venues including Genghis Cohen, Highland Grounds, Kulaks Woodshed, and Room 5. During a trip back to visit family in Australia, Alana recorded tracks at Sony Music Studios; she was recently invited to write an original song for an upcoming feature film, Three Days in Dublin which is set to start shooting in Ireland in the Fall. When asked which musicians she has admired along the way Elton John and Joan Armitrading quickly popped to mind. Alana picked up her first guitar quite by chance, 'My boyfriend at the time was a singer/songwriter and I just picked up his guitar one day when he was at work. ' Now, for Alana, songwriting is like solving a puzzle, 'I just let it come to me, and when I've found it, then it's cool'. Songwriting has become the filter through which she sees life. Alana's performances remain about the audience, 'I want them to find that it means something to them.' Whether she is examining her own soul or examining the condition of the world her honest, soulful delivery engages the listener in a journey through the rich layers of her melodies. Alana is proud to offer up 'a little too far', because sometimes we take things just a little too far for our own good.