Kelli Ali

Real Name:
Kelli Ali (née Kelli Dayton)
Profile:
British singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist.

Born: 30 June 1974 in Birmingham, England, UK.

Best known as former lead singer of pioneering 1990s trip-hop band Sneaker Pimps (under the name Kelli Dayton) for the bands debut "Becoming X" (1996) album, with hit singles "6 Underground" (1996) and "Spin Spin Sugar" (1996) – the latter's Armand Van Helden remix gaining notoriety as a prominent track in UK/Speed Garage at the time. Ali was released from the group in 1998 when they decided to do vocals for their own tracks.

Before Sneaker Pimps, Ali was briefly part of a group called Psycho Drama, which she joined at age 16. A few years later, she was asked by Russell Cross to join his band The Lumieres as their singer/songwriter, and lead guitarist – although they only had one single, "Cinder Hearts" (1995).

After leaving Sneaker Pimps, she moved on to a solo career under the name Kelli Ali, following changing her surname to Ali in honour of her late father. As well as her continued solo recordings, Ali has done freelance songwriting for and recorded with other notable artists such as Brian Ferry, Linkin Park, Paul Oakenfold, Bootsy Collins, Satoshi Tomiie, and more.

Her first solo album was "Tigermouth" (2003), which included tracks "Sunlight In The Rain" and previous single "Kids" (2001), and featured ex-Doors drummer John Densmore. Ali went on to record another two solo albums on the One Little Indian label between 2003 and 2008.

She toured alongside rock band Garbage in 2003, and in April 2006 travelled to Japan to record and write tracks with Hoshino Hidehiko (from Buck-Tick) and Cube Juice for the band Dropz (3), while electronic producer Paul Oakenfold recorded the track "Faster Kill Pussycat" (2006) –a track Ali penned– with actress Brittany Murphy; Murphy's only single release.

Since then she has recorded two further albums under her own independent Kelli Ali label, both funded via successful crowd-funding campaigns on the Pledge Music platform. On her album "Band Of Angels" (2013), she collaborated extensively with UK band Cult With No Name. This was followed by the OST to her independent feature film "Ghostdriver" (2019) which she described as "a noir thriller and love letter to London", and featured Sneaker Pimps band-mate Liam Howe contributing extensively to its mix and additional production.

While a promo of the album was released in early 2019, the full release was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so while post-production on the film continued throughout that year, she released the stand-alone single "Sadistic" (2019), recorded during the "Ghostdriver" sessions, featuring a collaboration with electronic producer Satoshi Tomiie, while the final full release of the album came in late 2020, and the film delayed until 2022.

In September 2019, Ali also found time to appear as a main feature in the "Visual Collaborative" electronic catalogue, in an issue themed Vivencias (en: "Experiences"), where she was interviewed alongside 30 other artists and business people. Her track "Rocking Horse" also appeared on the soundtrack of Netflix series "Behind Her Eyes" (2021).
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Albums

TPLP309 CDP Kelli Ali - Tigermouth album art Kelli Ali Tigermouth (Album) One Little Indian TPLP309 CDP UK 2002 Sell This Version
OLI335 Kelli Ali - Psychic Cat album art Kelli Ali Psychic Cat (Album) One Little Indian OLI335 US 2004 Sell This Version
TPLP975CD Kelli Ali - Rocking Horse album art Kelli Ali Rocking Horse (Album) One Little Indian TPLP975CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
KABA001CD Kelli Ali - Butterfly album art Kelli Ali Butterfly(CD, Album) Kelli Ali KABA001CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Kelli Ali - A Paradise Inhabited By Devils album art Ozymandias & Kelli Ali Ozymandias & Kelli Ali - A Paradise Inhabited By Devils (Album) Kelli Ali none UK 2010
KABOAACD1 Kelli Ali - Band Of Angels album art Kelli Ali Band Of Angels(CD, Album, Dlx) Kelli Ali KABOAACD1 UK 2013 Sell This Version
KAKMCS1DL Kelli Ali - Kiss Me Cleopatra album art Kelli Ali Kiss Me Cleopatra (Album) Kelli Ali KAKMCS1DL UK, Europe & US 2013 Sell This Version
KATAOLS1BOX Kelli Ali - The Art Of Love album art Kelli Ali The Art Of Love (Album) Kelli Ali KATAOLS1BOX UK 2015 Sell This Version
KAGDA1DL Kelli Ali - Ghostdriver album art Kelli Ali Ghostdriver (Album) Kelli Ali KAGDA1DL UK, Europe & US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

44 79308 Kelli Ali - Up In Flames album art Satoshi Tomiie Featuring Kelli Ali Satoshi Tomiie Featuring Kelli Ali - Up In Flames (Single, Maxi) INCredible 44 79308 US 1999 Sell This Version
670932 6 Kelli Ali - Love In Traffic album art Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Kelli Ali Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Kelli Ali - Love In Traffic(12") INCredible 670932 6 UK 2001 Sell This Version
PR 03353 Kelli Ali - Play With Bootsy album art Bootsy Collins Feat. Kelli Ali Bootsy Collins Feat. Kelli Ali - Play With Bootsy (Single) EastWest PR 03353 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
318TP 12P1 Kelli Ali - Kids album art Kelli Ali Kids (Single) One Little Indian 318TP 12P1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
VVR5020213 Kelli Ali - Inferno High Love album art Kelli Ali Inferno High Love (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian VVR5020213 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
none Kelli Ali - Teardrop Hittin' The Ground album art Kelli Ali Teardrop Hittin' The Ground (Single, EP) One Little Indian none UK 2003 Sell This Version
398TP 7 Kelli Ali - Speakers / Voyeur album art Kelli Ali Speakers / Voyeur(7") One Little Indian 398TP 7 UK 2004 Sell This Version
434TP 7CD Kelli Ali - Hot Lips album art Kelli Ali Hot Lips(CD, Single) One Little Indian 434TP 7CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
974TP7CDP Kelli Ali - What To Do album art Kelli Ali What To Do(CD, Single, Promo) One Little Indian 974TP7CDP UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Kelli Ali - The Savages album art Kelli Ali The Savages(3xFile, FLAC, Single) One Little Indian none UK & Europe 2009
KATHS1DL Kelli Ali - The Hunter album art Kelli Ali The Hunter(4xFile, MP3, EP, Maxi, Single) Kelli Ali KATHS1DL UK, Europe & US 2017
KAFOLS1DL Kelli Ali - The Fear Of London album art Kelli Ali The Fear Of London (EP, Maxi, Single) Kelli Ali KAFOLS1DL UK, Europe & US 2018 Sell This Version
KASAD1SUSB Kelli Ali - Sadistic album art Kelli Ali Sadistic (EP, Single) Kelli Ali KASAD1SUSB UK, Europe & US 2019 Sell This Version
none Kelli Ali - 4 Tracks album art Kelli Ali 4 Tracks(CDr, EP, Single) One Little Indian none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Kelli Ali Inferno High Love (Riva Club Mix)(Acetate, 12") masterpiece none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Kelli Ali - Untitled album art Kelli Ali Untitled(CDr) One Little Indian none UK 2001 Sell This Version