18 Facts About Alannah Myles


Alannah Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has won both a Grammy and a Juno Award for the song "Black Velvet".


Alannah Myles is the daughter of William Douglas Byles, who was a pioneer in the Canadian broadcasting industry and was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 1997.


Alannah Myles began writing songs around age 9, and performed in a songwriting group for the Kiwanis Music Festival in Toronto at age 12.


Alannah Myles changed her surname from Byles at the age of 19, after deciding to pursue a career in entertainment.


Alannah Myles was featured in several TV and film productions as a guest host and actor prior to becoming a recording artist.


Alannah Myles appeared in a 1984 episode of the television series The Kids of Degrassi Street, in which she played the role of an aspiring singer and single mother.


Alannah Myles was a candidate to be the original host of FashionTelevision, as shared by Jeanne Beker on the Reinvention of the VJ podcast, hosted by Erica Ehm.

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Alannah Myles left her acting career, co-wrote and recorded the remainder of her first album with Christopher Ward and producer David Tyson.


In 1989, Atlantic Records released her self-titled debut album, and Alannah Myles toured internationally for 18 months.


In 1992, Alannah Myles was nominated for a second Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance her second CD Rockinghorse.


Alannah Myles received a Grammy nomination for Rockinghorse and several global awards, including a Juno and Much Music's People's Choice Award for "Our World, Our Times".


In 1991, Alannah Myles sang "O Canada" at a Major League Baseball game at Skydome in Toronto.


Alannah Myles maintained a low profile for almost a decade but gigged around Canada and Europe during this time.


In 2001, Alannah Myles duetted with Saga frontman Michael Sadler on a cover of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's "Don't Give Up", released as a B-side to the Saga single "Money Talks".


In February 2005, together with the Swedish band Kee Marcello's K2, Alannah Myles participated in the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.


Alannah Myles's first new solo release in a decade was an Elvis Tribute EP, released on iTunes in August 2007, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death.


In early 2008, Alannah Myles released the CD Black Velvet on Linus Entertainment, which resulted in a staggered release internationally while the indie label merged with Canada's True North Records, followed by a video for the song "Trouble" featuring a jug band performance.