Genre: Blues, Folk Pop, Roots
Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi, have been captivating audiences across Canada. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop band infuses its signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame. Sweet Alibi’s Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Quesnel, and Michelle Anderson share personal experiences that are genuinely felt in song. Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes the band: “If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child, you would name it Sweet Alibi”. Audiences have been raving nationwide about the band’s performances at Winnipeg Folk Fest, Juno Fest, Canada Day in Ottawa, and many concert series. Currently you can find the band touring material from their CFMA/WCMA nominated release We’ve Got To (produced by Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities).
Sweet Alibi formed in 2009 when long-time Winnipeg friends Jessica Rae Ayre and Michelle Anderson joined forces with Winnipeg newcomer, Amber Quesnel. Jessica brought soul and blues, Amber brought folk, and Michelle brought jazz and classical influences. From the start, Sweet Alibi put a solid focus on three-part harmony from all three members and complemented that with Jessica on guitar, Amber on guitar and ukulele, and Michelle on guitar and banjo. The band eventually found they were very comfortable in moving seamlessly among R&B, folk and pop.
Further touring of the current release rewarded the band quite handsomely:
• an appearance at Junofest 2014 in Winnipeg on March 29/14
• winner for Roots Group Recording of the Year at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards
• a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards
• performances at some of the most recognized festivals in Canada