Alice Offley (born November 1, 1985) is a Swindon based British Singer/Songwriter and Pianist. Her haunting style uses elements of pop, folk, and blues to tell her tales of love and heartbreak. She belongs to a genre of music called Romantic Goth which encompasses elements of romance, life versus death, nature and fantasy. Her inspiration comes from the soft, dreamy, sensual and mysterious world of Gothic created by Victorian literature, not to be confused with the traditional Gothic that is more focused with darkness. Alice Offley prefers the more emotional and sensual side of Goth culture, steering away from the stereotypical Gothic black look and having a more floaty and brighter coloured image .
Alice Offley grew up in a musical family in Swindon - her father was a singer/songwriter in a Pop band in the 1960's and her mother has been a singer for all of Alices life. Alice Offley herself started playing the piano at the age of five and the flute at the age of ten, achieving all the classical grades upto Grade 8. Alice also went onto teach herself bass (left handed), guitar and trombone to a professional standard.
Encouraged by her parents to write her own songs from the age of five Alice went on to perform her own creations in local cover bands in Wiltshire then joined a London based rock band called Alchemy. She then went onto play with an all girl band called Amazon.
In 2007 Alice contributed to a limited edition vinyl release of a Folk Inspired ballad joining other musicians to create an original piece of music.
Alice attended Arts Educational School, London where she achieved an MA in acting. At the tail end of the course Alice Offley joined Post-Punk all girl band band The Mentalists as a bassist. The Mentalists had limited success in London and nationwide touring. They reached the semi-finals of E4's Mobile Act Unsigned and received sponsorship from Fender Guitars. The Mentalists recorded with Andy Gill (Gang of Four) and Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, The Twang) and achieved international press recognition for the first band to play a song on Ipods. The Mentalists played the London circuit and played at Glastonbury and Ladyfest and went on to support Kate Nash, Hard Fi, Billy Bragg, Babyshambles and the Libertines.
Alice Offley then joined The She Beats with Holly Partridge (XTCs frontman Andy Partridge's daughter) demo-ing Apple's Logic Studio 8 at Abbey Road studios, receiving free Apple Laptops in sponsorship. The She Beats recorded with Steve Levine (Culture Club, China Crisis, Gary Moore) and supported Babyshambles at Barrowlands and Kendall Calling.
Alice Offley then went onto play piano with an all female jazz band called G&T and urban all female pop band Electric Dolls. Wanting to spread her wings creatively Alice Offley went solo creating a persona called MEOW until deciding in 2011 to rename herself to Alice. Her act consists of vocals, piano, harpsichord and organ.
She recorded her forthcoming E.P. "Bruise Like A Peach" with Stuart Rowe (Andy Partridge's APE Records producer).
Alices debut E.P. "Bruise Like A Peach" is due for independent release on 4 September 2011.
Alice Offley has played keyboards for Cyndi Lauper on TV appearances including SO Graham Norton and Loose Women, Sang on 90's show Noel's House Party, had a brief stint playing Bass for Adam Ant and in April 2011 toured with Triphop artist Tricky on his Mixed Race European Tour. Alice Offley is due to tour with Suzi Quatro as a piano player in 2012.
Alice Offley's debut video "Something Beautiful" shot in Swindon, was met with a great response and is an integral part of her creative process seeing the medium as an extension of the idea contained in the song. Shot in the town centre using a now filled in underpass the video has become part of a local secondary schools Media course demonstrating creative ways to use seemingly common locations. Alice Offley's second video release "You're All I Want" followed a similar theme shooting in Lydiard Park and taking her song lyrics to a satisfactory visual conclusion.
* 2010 - "Something Beautiful"
* 2011 - "You're All I Want"
* 2008 - Single Release - "Don't know what to do with you" by The Mentalists. Written by Alice Offley. Released on Militant Entertainment
* 2011 - EP Release - "Bruise Like A Peach" Released on Plymouth Music