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Ali Raney

Class of:
2005

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Ali Raney (nee McGregor), a native of Toronto, Ontario, is working regularly in the Canadian Music scene. Receiving formal classical training from age 3 to 18, Ali is also an accomplished vocalist having gone on to study Music Theatre Performance at the prestigious Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and holding an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Performance degree from York University. While pursuing her education, Ali had the rare opportunity to study jazz improvisation with internationally acclaimed cellist, Matt Brubeck (The Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow), and was privileged to learn from other notable teachers, such as Karen Burke, Jeffrey Huard and Jeannie Wyse. Ali is the background vocalist and fiddle player for Juno nominated, CCMA award winner and Canadian Idol finalist Tara Oram. She has also had the privilege of working with other artists/songwriters/producers, such as 2010 CCMA Female Artist and Songwriter of the Year Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans), internationally acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner, and Gemini and Daytime Emmy award winning musician/producer Tim Thorney (Alanis Morissette, The Rankin Family). Ali is also a regular call musician for other Canadian artists and has had the pleasure of working with Alex J Robinson, Jason Blaine, One More Girl, Chad Brownlee, and Marshall Dane to name a few. Ali is a regular studio musician for hire in the Greater Toronto Area and in 2009 had the honour of recording on Alex J Robinson's sophomore release album - `The Getaway` - appearing next to Grammy award winning Nashville guitarist Brent Mason. Ali was also recently hired by a popular band from New York - Wakey!Wakey! - who's lead singer, Michael Grubbs appears on the tv show `One Tree Hill`. RECENT LIVE PERFORMANCES OF NOTE: 2011 CTV's Canada AM (Toronto, Chad Brownlee) 2011 CBC?s Canadian Country Music Awards (Edmonton, One More Girl) 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games (Ontario Pavilion, Alex J Robinson) 2010 Calgary Stampede (Alex J Robinson) 2010 Country Music Association Global Artist Showcase (Nashville, Alex J Robinson) 2009 Barrie Molson Centre (Johnny Reid?s Dance With Me Tour, Victoria Banks) 2009 Oshawa GM Centre (Johnny Reid?s Dance With Me Tour, Victoria Banks) 2008 Casino Rama (Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour, Alex J Robinson)