About Jamal Ali:
Ali, who started writing songs in high school, had such a deep love for music that the only logical conclusion was for him to create his own. Since those days, Ali has created his own bedroom studio, which is by no means a typical studio. Sporting a $250 Yamaha keyboard, a computer running on Windows 95, and a $5 standard computer microphone, Ali uses the simple tools at his disposal to create his “homemade music.”
“It doesn’t take a million dollar studio to make a million dollar song,” says Ali.
While Ali may not have a stocked studio, he is the master of his unique sound. Ali crafted a rhythm and blues sound all his own, but has been influenced mostly by the soul music of the sixties and seventies including Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, The Miracles and Al Green.
However, he says, “no one has influenced my more than Stevie Wonder - his voice, his lyrics, and the music.”
Ali is off to a great start - while not a professionally trained musician, the singer/songwriter is in the process of learning the piano and, once he has that conquered, he plans to learn the acoustic guitar. At the same time, he manages to create songs that are uniquely his own. Most R&B songs, Ali notes, are about going to the club or making love - Ali departs from this standard and instead creates music about love (not making love) that actually have a meaning.
Recently, Jamal Ali joined the Spokane music scene and found that Rock Coffee is his favorite place to perform.
“That’s my kind of atmosphere,” he adds, as he is not a fan of the nightclub shows.