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Unbreakable with Ali McManus

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Unbreakable with Ali McManus

Hear Ali Mcmanus Singer/Songwriter as she talks about her life and her incredible physical challenges that left her with a lung capacity of only 30% and a rare bone disorder that has left her in a wheelchair since the age of seven. Listen to her story of compelling talent that has created songs with the velvety vocals of Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, and Jewel.

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Ali_McManus_610855476.jpgWhen you hear Ali McManus’s dynamic vocals, you’d be surprised to know her lung capacity is only 30%. Born 3 months premature and weighing 2lbs 7oz at birth, she was given a 50/50 chance to live. Now 20 years old, the Detroit born singer/songwriter has beaten the odds. A rare bone disorder has left Ali in a wheelchair since the age of 7.

But Ali’s story is one of compelling talent and an indomitable spirit. Ali’s velvety vocals are reminiscent of Stevie Nicks; her songwriting evokes a young Joni Mitchell or Jewel, with the timeless modern appeal of Sara Bareilles and Haim.

Legendary producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper) produced Ali’s debut album, due for release this fall. “I see her as an artist first. Her pure, authentic voice and magnetic personality light up the room,” he says. “She’s a natural — a true artist with old soul sensibility and a powerful message to share with the world.”

Ali has endured 10 surgeries, halo tractions, steel rods to fuse and straighten her spine, a full body cast, scoliosis, and osteoporosis that leaves her vulnerable to fractures and high-risk surgeries. “I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair, though,” Ali says. “I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day.”

Having spent much of her young life in hospitals, McManus credits music with saving her life. “One song means three minutes of no pain,” she says. “And I can say things with song that I can’t speak in words alone.”

McManus writes intimate original songs that reflect her life, aiming to connect with others through her lyrics and inspire them with her story.


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