Alannah Myles
Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles

About Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles rose to pop immortality in 1990 with the smouldering “Black Velvet,” which topped the U.S. charts thanks to its sinewy blues-rock riffs and her yearning, urgent vocals. The success was a long time coming for the Toronto-born musician, who started her career in the ’80s fronting a cover band and dabbling in acting before landing a record deal. Myles never duplicated the stateside success of “Black Velvet,” although she did parlay the popularity of the song into a second Top 40 hit (the gritty “Love Is”), a best-selling self-titled debut album, and a decades-long career full of twists and turns. The orchestral 1992 ballad “Song Instead of a Kiss” hit No. 1 in Canada, while her 1995 full-length Alannah (alternately styled A-lan-nah) included the smoky, organ-driven hit “Family Secret,” and she teamed up with Jeff Healey in 2004 for a soul-rock take on “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • BORN
    December 25, 1958

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