Exploring the Melodic Tapestry and Heartfelt Chronicles Woven by Ally Dunavant in Every Harmony.
Ally Dunavant © 2023
Today We Have The Pleasure To Have Her On Goathead
GH: Hey Ally! What inspired you to start writing music ?
Ally: I was born in Memphis and raised in Nashville, two cities known for their rich music history. Being surrounded by constant live music in Nashville was infectious. I loved to sing since childhood, and songwriting followed during high school. I was taking voice lessons in various styles (pop, jazz, musical theatre, and classical), which inundated me with new sounds. Writing my own music became a puzzle, integrating pieces of each genre I liked into a cohesive sound. John Mayer's music was a huge inspiration, and though I couldn't replicate it, songwriting fascinated me.
GH: Can you tell us more about your experience performing live at gigs and what was the most memorable experience you had?
Ally: I haven't performed live with my solo stuff yet, but I've performed in operas, musicals, recitals, and coffee shops. A standout memory was playing 'Éponine' in Les Misérables at 16. Singing the finale, I felt fulfilled and happy. From then on, I vowed to keep performing music, no matter where life takes me.
GH: How is your process of songwriting set around?
Ally: It varies, but usually, a melody pops into my head. I record it and follow that inspiration, fitting in lyrics, adding melodies, and chord progressions. I keep a list of lyrical ideas in my Notes app, pulling from it when stuck. Sometimes I write with my guitar if I'm emotional about something. Usually, I'm a music-first, lyrics-second writer.
GH: What motivates you to create music and bring awareness to different situations through your songs?
Ally: I'm drawn to hyper-specific, situational songs that connect with listeners. I love when a song describes how I feel. I aim to empower this connection through my music—making listeners feel seen, understood, and connected to me, even if our experiences differ. We're more alike than different, and I write songs that are honest, vulnerable, and creative.
GH: Could you share some insights into your next projects?
Ally: My debut album "In Plain Sight" is releasing this autumn. Stay tuned! After that, I'm ideating and writing for future projects. There's even a Christmas song on the album that I think would beautifully work rearranged for a string quartet.