When you hear Ali McManus’s dynamic vocals, you’d be surprised to know her lung capacity is only 30%. Born 3 months premature and weighing 2lbs 7oz at birth, she was given a 50/50 chance to live. Now 22 years old, the Detroit born singer/songwriter has beaten the odds. A rare bone disorder has left Ali in a wheelchair since the age of 7.
But Ali’s story is one of compelling talent and an indomitable spirit. Legendary producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper) produced Ali’s debut album. “I see her as an artist first. Her pure, authentic voice and magnetic personality light up the room,” he says. “She’s a natural — a true artist with old soul sensibility and a powerful message to share with the world.”
While Ali has endured 11 surgeries, halo tractions, steel rods to fuse and straighten her spine, a full body cast, and more, she tells us, “I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair. I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day.”
Ali writes intimate original songs that reflect her life, aiming to connect with others through her lyrics and inspire with her story. Highly acclaimed by the national press, Ali’s vocals are often compared to Stevie Nicks and Dolly Parton.
Ali’s potent musical talent and personal story inspired rock star Steven Tyler to appear in her exuberant new music video, Roll This Way, her personal tribute to Walk This Way. Roll This Way is an anthem that embraces inclusion and diversity, inspiring people of all backgrounds to live life without limits.