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

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

none Untitled — Kelli Ali Kelli Ali Untitled(CDr) One Little Indian none UK 2001 Sell This Version