Ali Grayson: adventure, music, and service: Changing the world one redemptive song at a time
November 29, 2010
In October I walked into the Fraser Valley Baptist Church and saw Ali Grayson at the front of the church, singing. I wanted what she had; a peaceful, tranquil quality while playing guitar on the stage at the beginning of the service. Each word radiating from her soul – like nothing I’ve seen in a very long time. She was dressed comfortably, like she could be here singing or hiking a mountain. I talked to her a few days later to ask about her music; how she got started and what inspired her: “I’ve found music and song writing a helpful way to navigate the tension in this world; one woman told me she felt like she’d just been to therapy after listening to the music. One powerful moment with a listener is so important.”Ali brings her love of the outdoors to her singing and to church. She rock climbs, mountain bikes, and skis. She can be found in the spring, summer and fall at Herd Creek with friends and her rock climbing gear. Ali started rock climbing at 15 when she lived in Colorado Springs and now will take less experienced climbers out to her special places in Grand County.”I enjoy taking new climbers out and watch them experience new things. When they can push through fear, they taste of freedom they’ve never known”A self-confessed closet musician, she says that through a series of events, one being her marriage to Brian, she has come out of that safe place into more scary public arenas. She began playing at open mic nights in Winter Park and Fraser. Then, when Nate Allman left the Fraser Baptist Church, she found the strength to get on the stage.”I didn’t enjoy being up front, but a supernatural strength from God gave me the courage to let my voice be heard. Then I started writing songs. Brian and I started to play in other towns.” Last November, Ali and Brian spent 2 weeks in Nashville recording their first full length album: Suspended. The first person who heard this album described it as, “transmogrified angelic rock & roll.”In an effort to incorporate adventure and dynamic relationships into their musical endeavors, Ali recounts a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona to play a house show.”We rock climbed, then played the show, then mountain biked with a good friend the next day.” In May they toured the country playing bars, coffee shops, houses, wineries and churches.”Our tour locations were based on relationships. We did shows along the Front Range, in Indiana, and North Carolina.”Through adventure, music, and service, I desire to point myself and others toward The True Healer. I think the most beautiful things we get to see this side of Heaven, are glimpses of people being and doing exactly what they were created to be and do.”As an artist myself, I hope to capture beauty in my songs. Clearly, life is not a bed of roses most of the time, so while I love to sing songs of beauty, love, hope, freedom, I also sing of pain, sadness, abandonment, and injustice.”I’m more passionate about the relationships that are created and developed as a byproduct of musical and outdoor adventures than I am about the actual music or adventure itself.” Ali will organize Java Mic Nights at Mountain Grind in Cooper Creek Square every Friday night from Dec. 31-Mar 25, with diverse music styles geared for all ages. Ali and Brian will play Circle H on Dec. 2, and on New Year’s Eve they will perform at the Formal-Red-Carpet show at Mountain Grind.