Ex-Sneaker Pimps Singer Preps Solo Debut
Former Sneaker Pimps lead singer Kelli Ali is working on her first solo album, which is due out on the U.K.'s One Little Indian label this fall. Its first single, the trancey, hypnotic "Kids," was remFormer Sneaker Pimps lead singer Kelli Ali is working on her first solo album, which is due out on the U.K.'s One Little Indian label this fall. Its first single, the trancey, hypnotic "Kids," was remixed by Armand Van Helden and will be released this summer. Ali is shopping around for a U.S. deal.
When Ali was with Sneaker Pimps, best known stateside for their 1997 top-10 modern rock hit "6 Underground," she was known as Kelli Dayton. "Ali is my dad's name; Dayton was my mother's name," Ali tells Billboard. "My father died just before Sneaker Pimps [released the album "Becoming X"]", so I thought if I made another record, I would take his name. It will also give me a fresh start musically."
The artist is working in Los Angeles with producer Rick Nowels, who is co-writing the project with her. For Ali, the goal is to make an album that is filled with "beautiful songs. I just want to put some beauty and romance back into the world. With other young artists and young people in the world, I don't see a lot of optimism and romance right now in their music. Even PJ Harvey and other artists I respect have a lot of negativity."
As for the Sneaker Pimps, the group has continued on without Ali and will release a new album titled "Bloodsports" later this year on an as-yet-unannounced label.