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Minneapolis Music Photographer :: Ali Gray Live + Win a Starbucks Gift Card!

Hello folks! It’s amazing what a little sunlight will do for your mood. Sure, rain is in the forecast but that means the snow will melt faster. For this, I am thankful! I’m also thankful for one, Ali Gray.

I met Ali many moons ago when she joined the Martin Zellar Neil Diamond tribute show that my husband was a part of. Ali was the “new girl” that joined the band when the original back up singer moved to Los Angeles. We were skeptical. Ali was super cute (she still is of course!) and sang her heart out… but she was still the new girl… poor girl. Do you remember being the new kid on the block when you where a kid? Trying to make friends in an already established bunch of brats? But Ali is full of grace and has a big heart, something we all soon found out, and she blended in with the group and the wives like she had been there for years. As the years passed, I have become best of friends with Ali. We have seen each other through the good times and the bad times. Ali is a true gem. Last November Ali released her second solo album, Johnson Street. I was able to follow along with her in her journey as she recorded Johnson Street. Then I had the honor to photograph the CD release party at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. Words cannot express how proud I am of Ali and how blessed my family is to have her part of our lives. And I think that everyone should run over to CDBaby and buy her album!

I also want to do something new and fun with my blog. I want you to comment! So here is the deal. At the bottom of each blog post there is a place for you to leave a comment. Please do so! Every person who leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks. This is something I may turn into a weekly contest. So lets get started now. Leave a comment and your name will be entered. I will draw the winning name at random on Friday morning at 9am!

To find more information about Ali Gray and her music, please visit

Lisa FischerMarch 9, 2010 - 7:39 pm

These are gorgeous shots Michelle! Wow, she is SO PRETTY.

Cynthia RobbMarch 9, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Simply outstanding! Talent is busting out all over!

Lisa AnguianoMarch 9, 2010 - 8:06 pm

You are such a great writer Michelle. That piece was beautiful, as is Ali and the photos!

Melissa HemmingsonMarch 9, 2010 - 8:52 pm

These are really beautiful, Michelle! Love the way the lights and the color pop out in the color shots.

Paula DurkinMarch 9, 2010 - 9:03 pm

You are a fantastically talented artist.

Jessi MeyerMarch 9, 2010 - 11:12 pm

Great shots! LOVE!

Jessica TuttleMarch 10, 2010 - 6:59 am

I don’t think that she could be more gorgeous if she tried! Great work Michelle!

BrandieMarch 10, 2010 - 9:55 am

Ali Gray is not only gorgeous, but uber talented as well! I love her voice and her songs are always so intelligent. She reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan, you really have to dig into the lyrics because there’s always a story. Love her!

Karen IffertMarch 10, 2010 - 10:15 am

I remember when Ali first started singing with Marin… could she replace the gal who left? Would she be right for the band? Not only did she prove very capable, she won everyone over… and was beautiful besides. The photos are wonderful. Congrats on the CD, Ali and kudos on the photos, Michelle:o)

carmenMarch 10, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Love those photos–I never get that close when I go to concerts 🙂

Nate KinseyMarch 11, 2010 - 12:07 pm

Wow, these photos are amazing. I was at this show and you have captured the evening perfectly! I feel like I am back at the Varsity again! Great work!!!!

MIke MinnemaMarch 14, 2010 - 8:41 pm

I am pround and happy that Ali has done so well, one of those people that I met long ago and new that she was going to go places, very nicely worded.