To grow up in a small town in South Carolina does not equate to a boring life, as demonstrated by the bright-haired, alt-queen that is Ali Henderson. While southern culture is often synonymous with sweet tea, warm nights, and Country music, it’s always refreshing for a pop-rock artist like Henderson to emerge from quaint towns like Gaffney, South Carolina.
Though her humble beginnings started at church at the age of five, Henderson quickly found the next step in her career when she earned a one-way ticket to Hollywood thanks to American Idol, not once, but twice. The southern rocker graced the Hollywood platform during seasons 13 and 14, impressing the likes of Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. This experience allowed Henderson to hone her craft and set the stage for her future, on both a personal and professional level.
Thanks to some writers rounds and performances in Nashville, Henderson was able to fine-tune her singer-songwriter skills, so much so that she was crowned 2016’s Nashville Connection Artist of the Year. The accolades she’s earned in the past year are just another addition to her growing list of accomplishments, right next to 2014’s first place Vocal/Artist victory in Nashville Connections Hero’s Salute.
Gutsy lyrics, fresh yet familiar instrumentation, and bluesy vocals are Henderson’s M.O., and are being recognized by the biggest names in the industry. After galavanting in L.A., Henderson toured upstate South Carolina with her band, Ali and Anthology, all while sharpening her passion as a songwriting major at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee.