“Ali Matthews' music touches the soul providing both comfort and guidance”.
Larry LeBlanc, Billboard Magazine
so happy that God has put Ali’s voice into this world.”
passionate and soothing voice...musical arrangements fresh,
interesting and beautifully integrated.”
the release of her debut CD in 2000 I have followed Ali’s musical
career with great interest. I’ve been very impressed, not just with
her artistry, but with her level of commitment and her willingness to
invest countless hours in the pursuit of excellence. The results of
this pursuit are evident. Ali’s songwriting and vocal abilities
have progressed at a rapid pace… her future is very bright indeed.”
Jim Vallance, Producer / Songwriter (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Heart)
softly soaring voice illuminates each melody with lucid maturity and
sensitivity. Her vocals are both vulnerable and knowing, finely
attuned to life's struggles and hopes."
Taylor Guitars, California
Matthews is an artist who shoots from the heart. It would be
impossible for her to hit a false or contrived note.”
Rick Whelan, The Toronto Star
Ali Matthews...There's star-power in Stratford beyond the Festival's
The London Free Press
a media company that specializes in digitized music content, Ali and
her band faced two sizable audience challenges. The first is the fact
that we have very knowledgeable music critics and not surprisingly, a
disproportionately high number of accomplished musicians within the
organization. With those challenges before her, Ali and her band
delivered an absolutely incredible performance. The feedback from the
evening’s concert has been incredibly positive. I have always
thought there was no silver bullet for increasing company morale but
Ali has proved that theory incorrect.”
Craig Wallace, President & CEO, AOL Canada Inc.
turns elegant and inspirational, Matthews never allows the spiritual
nature of her songs to degenerate into preachy musical dogma. This is
music that speaks to the soul through the ear, whether you call it
folk, country, pop or sacred."
Robert Reid, The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
poised and confident... her voice is expressive, distinctive and
clear, filtering her lyrics through a personality that is both
likable and sincere... her melodies are fresh, original and engaging:
more than that, they're memorable... by any standards this is among
the very best singer-songwriter releases in quite some time."
Ken Mavor, Audio File
notch on the great Canadian singer-songwriter stick”
Neil Matheson, Music
musical duo is turning heads with their silky acoustic sounds. Both
produce their art effortlessly, the sign of true finesse. With ease,
they turn a jaded observer into an instant fan."
Jim Hagarty, Editor, Stratford City Gazette
music is a lot like her faith - raw, intimate and infectious. Her
songs not only entertain - they inspire"
Michael Bannerman, Singer / Songwriter (Lost Coin)
ethereal spirituality of a Loreena McKennitt or a Christian Shawn
Colvin permeates this disc... There's something of that "little
girl wishing," quality, inside the adult voice of Matthews that
brings both those singers to mind. That being said, she's managed to
carve out her own unique territory within that tradition...Together
with her playing partner and co-producer, Rick Francis, they create a
shimmering interweaving of two guitars amid the other acoustic and
electronic instruments. It's a full, soaring, airy, searching
sound...It's like a good black gospel record-only in a completely
Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs (Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine)
CD delves into the spiritual without ever getting maudlin, and
carries itself with grace and wonder"
Alex Sinclair, Songwriter / Musician (Tamarack)
hard to not think that Ali Matthews is now an artist ready for an
so striking about her work is that the songwriting doesn’t follow
the expected course. Instead, she infuses her personal journey into
these songs, which makes their spirituality all the more vibrant.”
Christa Banister, Christianity Today
vocals and her songwriting both contain a quality of wise maturity,
soothing in the extreme.”
Kevan Breitinger, Suite 101.com
ability to reach those both inside the kingdom, and those watching
curiously over the fence, should help her reach the wide audience she
D. S. Martin, Christian Week
Ali Matthews perform and minister at our church was a pleasure.
If I had to use one word to describe her ministry, it would be
integrity ... integrity in quality of music and sincerity of
heart. Rarely have I seen these two qualities in
such balance. If you're looking for someone that can
bring professionalism and heart, Ali is the one."
Danton Lalonde, Pastor, South City Church, Calgary