Ali Hoffman sounds like she was raised on classic records from the Stax, Atlantic, and Hi Records vaults. The 26 year-old Philadelphia native has a new five-song EP, How Our Love Has Grown (on Wing Court Records), which conjures up varying degrees of soul music. “Keep Me Satisfied” brings to mind the grooves of Willie Mitchell-produced records like Al Green’s “I’m Still In Love You”; on the ballad “My Love,” Hoffman pulls on her inner Janis Joplin to deliver a sultry performance. On her song “Miracle,” (which you can download below) she sounds like the sweet side of a young Aretha Franklin. Hoffman’s voice is confident, wise sounding and compelling.
The University of Penn alum (Class of 2006) got her record deal in an interesting somebody-who-knows somebody kind of way. When Hoffman was at Penn, one of her teachers was author, music critic and Grammy Award-winner Anthony DeCurtis. After hearing some of her music, DeCurtis introduced her to Joe Rosenthal who at the time was starting his label Wing Court Records. Hoffman released her debut full length album, This Side Of Morning, in 2009. Currently she is working on material on her next EP and lining up some shows in the area.