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2/21/2024 6:00:59 PM
Alana Lee
Yorba Linda CA - United States
•  Pop [Adult Contemporary]

• INFLUENCES: Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars

Alana Lee Hamilton-Recording Artist



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Three years after sharing the ups and downs of young love on her popular debut single “Butterflies”—which earned the praise of famed pop culture blogger Perez Hilton and scored over 12 million views on YouTube—16-year-old Alana Lee is soaring again.

This time, she’s taking off into young adulthood with two demonstrative ballads that reflect her soulful maturity as a vocalist and evolution as an emerging independent artist by releasing her two new singles, "Dream Out Loud" and "Perfect Storm"

The poignant music video for "Dream Out Loud" was named one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Music Videos of 2013 by Markos Papadatos of the Digital Journal:

Although for her growing global fan base “Butterflies” has long been Alana’s flagship song, the singer was thrilled to hear from one of her admirers on Twitter that “This Is Me” was played along with other inspirational teen anthems during a special musical lunch hour at a middle school in England. She receives similar comments about being an inspiration on her YouTube video of “This Is Me” as well as her music video for “Synchronize”.

A key element in her creative growth is realizing her desire to continue to be a role model through songs that are age-appropriate and relatable to teenagers and adults alike. This desire to inspire extends to the dramatic, emotional video she recently released for “Dream Out Loud,” which chronicles a powerful lifelong friendship.

The clip begins with an image of two children building sand castles, followed by a montage of their friendship growing up. Her friend had always encouraged her music and convinces her to submit a videotape to a singing competition whose prize is performing in a live concert setting. He later passes away, and one of the final scenes is her on the beach, walking with his silhouette, throwing into the ocean a bottle with a photo of the two of them.

“Later while I am performing at the concert,” Alana says, “I look up at the sky as if to say, ‘I wish you could see me now, living my dream.’ It’s a metaphor for everything that is happening in my life right now. It’s so catchy, it gets stuck in your head but it’s also got a powerful lyric about a journey in which all your life you are picturing this moment and you finally get that break and succeed. It’s very uplifting and I think a lot of people can relate to it who are going through hard times or need a pick-me-up or motivation. ‘Perfect Storm’ is one of those ‘never-saw-it-coming breakup’ songs we can all relate to. We've all been in those rocky relationships.

“I feel like I laid the groundwork for my career with ‘Butterflies,’” Alana adds, “but when you have a popular song at 13, it’s hard to be taken seriously as an artist who can have an enduring career. I really do feel sometimes that I am dreaming out loud for real.”

“I love the process of writing with other people, because when I get writer’s block or can’t think of the perfect rhyme, my collaborators can help open up that creativity,” she says. “Sometimes the best song concepts come out of casual conversations, too. I used to just have concepts and ideas but I’m growing as a lyricist and am able to put together full songs based on those ideas I come up with.

Alana has an extensive resume as a singer and actress. At El Rancho Charter School’s Musical Theatre, the 5’6” dynamo appeared in classic musicals like “Oklahoma” and “Guys and Dolls,” as well as musical revues and various skits; two yearly comedy skits Alana directed, cast and starred in took 1st place in a theatre competition for both 2010 and 2011.
Alana has also appeared in a number of short films at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange, Calif. She was first cast in the lead role of Shira in Oren Peleg’s “Barely Bar Mitzvah’d,” which won a first place prize at the Jewish Film Festival in Long Beach.

The next year, Dan Brumer cast Alana in a supporting role in his film “The Yoke.” More recently, she played “Anna” in Patrick Dawn’s “Allegiance” and Dan Brumer cast Alana again in his thesis film called “Chester Briggins Magic Blood”. Several years ago, she appeared in her first feature length film, “The Measure of a Man,” produced by Higher Definition Media. The film is based on a true story about a dying man reminiscing about his family of nine children, ranging in age from 5-17. Alana is cast as one of the kids, “Mary.”

Alana has trained with Sterling Studios Young Actors Group, attended Camp Bravo Acting, and has taken vocal lessons from Kelly Rice in Hollywood and Andy Boettner, in Newport Beach. When she’s not in her “singing sensation” mode, she’s a regular young woman with a hot streak of achievements. She’s an A student attending California State University Long Beach. Following three years of leadership in high school, she has earned a spot in charge of "ways and means" for her sorority, Delta Zeta, and was awarded the "Most Active Member" of her class, as well as, "Outstanding New Member". She won the Presidential Scholar award and Top of the Tribe awards for GPA all four years in high school. She is now entering her sophomore year at CSULB.

Alana kicked off 2012 with a coveted artist profile in the New! Discover & Uncover section of Clear Channel’s iheartradio.com, visited by millions of music-seeking fans each month. Among the media appearances centered around her earlier releases was an interview with A Teen View and spotlights in OC Weekly, OC Music Scene, Finding-Cupid with David Cruz, American Perspective, PopYOUlarity.com, Suite101.com and on PBS (KOCE-TV).

Alana has also participated in events for several charitable organizations, recently headlining the CPC Annual Theatrical Concert 4A Cause benefiting Miller's Childrens Hospital. She performed for the Hollywood House of Blues on Sunset to benefit the "Make A Wish Foundation", Rockin’ For A Cure, an annual fundraising event for cystic fibrosis, and ASPCA, the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alana also supports Miracles for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to families of children with cancer and life threatening illnesses.

The songstress also earned two 2013 Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) nominations for Best Pop Song "Dream Out Loud" and Best Female Vocal "Shadow Dancer". Earlier, Alana received two 2011 Hollywood Music In Media Awards nominations including Best Pop Song for “Synchronize” and Best Music Video for “Butterflies.”

“My dream has always been that people would listen to my songs online and on the radio, and I am so grateful for the continued opportunity to share them with the world,” says Alana. “At heart, I’m just a girl who loves my friends and loves singing and it’s so much fun to be able to pursue what I feel so passionate about. Recently, I got a Facebook message from an actor I worked with on ‘The Measure of a Man.’ He said he was thankful that I was making music that he felt very comfortable letting his young daughters listen to and that was so positive. This is the kind of impact I want to have on people–that they see me as an artist who is bringing something meaningful to the world and making a difference.”