Ali McGuirk

Debut album, "Slow Burn" available everywhere


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

-Paul Robicheau, The Improper Bostonian

"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

"Sultry, smooth…its that sound that when it smacks you in the ear canal you just know 'this is it'... this gal’s voice has the ability to stop hearts and send tingling shivers all over your body."

-Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots

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

- Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

"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



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

 photo by Hannah Cohen

photo by Hannah Cohen


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, strong instrumentals and her own buttery voice, her earliest years as a performer were spent earning residencies across 4 continents, from Santorini to Hong Kong.

In 2016, she was recognized on the cover of the Boston Globe Sunday Arts section as an "artist to hear," along with Lake Street Dive, Haim and others by the influential Boston rock critic Steve Morse. Shortly thereafter, she released her debut, self-titled EP. 

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 (Lettuce, D'angelo, Lalah Hathaway), Brandon Mayes (Kendrick Lamar, Soulja Boy), DeShawn Alexander (Marcus King, Eric Krasno) and Cilla Bonnie (Air Traffic Controller).

"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 2017's Best New Artist and her six 2018 nominations, including Vocalist of the Year and more.

Find "Slow Burn" streaming on all online platforms.