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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

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She's candid about the struggles she had early on as a soul singer in a market that prides itself on counter-culture and indie rock. But she kept singing, becoming a regular performer at The Dakota — where she's sold out more than a dozen shows — and opening for Bon Jovi and Chris Isaak. She played to a packed house at The Fitzgerald Theater in 2010 when she released her critically praised "Chinese Whispers" and toured the state in 2012 with a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

After a three-month layoff, Scott began performing again in June, returning to reviews like this one that appeared in the Minnesota Daily following a concert The Dakota: "It was hard not to notice the adverts for Macy Gray’s performances the next two nights and even harder not to think, 'So what?' after Scott’s bombshell voice demolished the cozy confines."

Such praise, Scott said, has gone a long way in allaying the concerns she had about stepping away in the first place.

"I had this fear about going on maternity leave," she said. "I'd never taken this much time off and I just wondered, 'Are people going to forget about us?' I think we went three months without a gig. To me, it was completely terrifying. But we've been back at it now for a little while and, no, we didn't forget how to do it."

Scott said she's presently in the stages of completing a holiday album and an accompanying concert tour. The album, she said, will include traditional selections as well as originals. Following the holiday season, Scott said she and the band will also be nearing completion on a third album of original songs.

For more information about Scott and her music, visit alisonscott.com.

If You Go What Alison Scott, with Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets When 7:30 p.m. on Sunday Where Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of MSU's Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Avenue. Tickets $15, $13 for students, available at the door. Purchase online at www.mnsu.edu/music, or call 507-389-5549.

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