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September 20, 2013

Alison Scott returns to stage, Mankato after short layoff

Alison Scott returns to stage, Mankato after short layoff

Many have sung the praises of Alison Scott, the Twin Cities songstress who's cut an increasingly wide and soulful swath through the heart of Minnesota's music landscape.

Chris Roberts of Minnesota Public Radio said Scott's is a "soaring, agile voice." The Pioneer Press' Ross Raihala similarly touted her vocals as embodying "pure, jaw-dropping soul."

On stage, she exudes the kind of confidence befitting a musician heaped with such superlatives. Behind her keyboard and flanked by the only band she's ever known — which happens to be led by none other than two-time Grammy-winning Minnesota musician Kevin Bowe — Scott's demeanor is as composed as her rich, honeyed contralto.

But in the supermarket, toting her newborn daughter, she admits she's not above begging for applause.

"I'm a fairly introverted in person in real life," said Scott, who returns to Mankato on Sunday as part of the Minnesota State Department of Music's Performance Series. Bowe and the Okemah Prophets will open the concert that marks the second time in as many years that Scott and Bowe have been on the Performance Series lineup.

"I don't take a lot of crazy risks. But now when I go out in public, it's incredible how much more willing I am to make a fool of myself. I mean, I'll be walking through the supermarket making up these ridiculous songs just to keep her entertained."

After a short maternity leave in the spring for her daughter's birth, Scott has returned to the performance trail with zeal. Though, that shouldn't be surprising.

Ever since she was the unexpected winner of a songwriting contest in 2005 — of which Bowe was a judge (and has remained her musical partner ever since) — Scott has proven herself a tenacious and perseverant performer.

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