Slow Burn, the debut album from stirring songstress Ali McGuirk, possesses the kind of intense introspection usually reserved for artists twice her age. The singer dives headfirst into the turbulent waters of heartbreak, longing, and adulthood with cognizance that is wistful yet liberating; raw yet still devastatingly beautiful." 

-Candace McDuffie, Vanyaland

"A single listen to 'Slow Burn' reveals that McGuirk’s labor of love is full of rewards. The record ranges from ’70s-style quiet storm to ’90s neo-soul to modern alternative R&B. What’s that mean? If you dig Marvin Gaye or Sade, Norah Jones or Ledisi, you’ll dig 'Slow Burn,'"
-Jed Gotleib, Boston Herald

"A soul singer who evokes comparisons to Amy Winehouse but rocks even harder."

- Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

"When she opens her mouth, people stop and take notice, captivated by her swooping, honeyed voice."

-Paul Robicheau, The Improper Bostonian

"A vocal powerhouse and smart songwriter."

- Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald

"Equal parts soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, and pure mysticism, McGuirk never rushes. Her songs, which are played to perfection by an outstanding band, are a meditative, musical, anachronism in this era of no time to think, and no room-to-breathe."

-Kristina Kehrer, NeighborMedia

"One of the rising stars on the local scene... performing a set of tunes that are uniquely hers - soul drenched, jazz inspired, and freely delivered with an ease that belies her young age."

- Billy Beard, Session Americana

"Ali brings to the stage a refreshing comfort and grace uncommon in Boston. It’s as though she and the stage are old friends who share intimate jokes."

- K. Winslow Smith, Grouptones


Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, Donny Hathaway,  Neil Young, Bill Withers, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin...

photo by Kaya Blaze Photo & Design

photo by Kaya Blaze Photo & Design

photo by michael d. spencer

photo by michael d. spencer


Ali McGuirk has made a career of captivating audiences with her unique blend of hypnotic R&B grooves, folk songwriter lyricism, classic soul delivery, and a gravelly blues temperament. With a focus on lively improvisation, a taste for heavy grooves, and her own buttery voice, her earliest years as a performer were spent earning residencies across 4 continents, from Santorini to Hong Kong.

Ali has recently settled in Boston, where she has been steadily gaining recognition as one of the city's most compelling vocal performers. In 2016, she was recognized in the Boston Globe as an "artist to hear" by the influential Boston rock critic Steve Morse. Shortly thereafter, she released her debut EP, and launched a highly successful GoFundMe campaign.  The 4-track sampler is heavily influenced by the jazz tradition and freely moves through soul, blues, pop, reggae, and R&B feels. 

In November 2017, she released her first full-length album, "Slow Burn," which saw her working with an eclectic mix of artists, including Boston guitar legend Jeffrey Lockhart, former music director for Bryan McKnight, as well as frequent collaborators and bandmates Brandon Mayes, former drummer for Kendrick Lamar, DeShawn Alexander, keyboardist for Marcus King and Eric Krasno and bass player and back up vocalist for Air Traffic Controller, Cilla Bonnie. 

"Slow Burn" was named as one of Steve Morse's Top Ten Albums of 2017, put Ali in the Boston Herald's list for "Best Music of 2017" and contributed to Ali's Boston Music Award Nomination for Best New Artist.

Find "Slow Burn" streaming on all online platforms.