photo credit: Shervin Lainez

At the ripe old age of 20, New York-by-way-of-Detroit-based songstress Blaire Alise is already a seasoned professional, in her fifth year of writing and recording as Blair Alise & The Bombshells, who just released a new album, My Eye, in February.

“I started this album almost two years ago,” she says of My Eye, which was partly recorded in Nashville-based studios. “I’m the type of writer that likes to take my time. I go into the studio every few months to work on new songs; all of the songs on the album are very different because I’ve changed a lot in that span of time—getting older, moving to New York for school, living on my own, everything changed,” she adds. “I wrote and recorded my first album when I was 16 or 17, and it was a reflection of who I was then; I’m in my 20s now, and a lot has changed. I wanted to show my growth.”

Alise draws inspiration from the artists of the 1960s, and infuses those influences with that unmistakable Detroit grit; the songs on My Eye straddle the realms of nostalgic bubblegum pop and and angsty indie girl rock. “Growing up in Detroit, there’s a large community of garage rock and a rich history of Motown; when I would go see shows in high school, I wanted to do that, I was really inspired,” she reveals. “I’ve always loved listening to old music—I fell in love with The Beatles, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, all those kinds of bands when I started writing songs.” While her career began in a basement rather than a garage, Alise’s music definitely embodies that garage-tastic spirit—if the garage was attached to avocado green ranch house and had a 1964 Buick Skylark parked inside.

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