Candice Alley

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Candice Alley
Birth name Candice Marie Giannarelli
Born (1982-06-23) 23 June 1982 (age 34)
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Singing, piano, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Universal (2000–2004)
International Quarterback (2006–2007)

Candice Marie Giannarelli, better known as Candice Alley (born 23 June 1982 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian singer-songwriter of Italian descent. She married Australian swimming captain Grant Hackett on 14 April 2007 and the couple had twins, but they divorced in 2013.

Music career[edit]

At the age of sixteen, Alley wrote her debut single, "Falling", which only took her twenty minutes to write.[1] She started to shop her demos around the various independent labels in her home town of Melbourne and one of her tapes found its way onto the desk of Universal Music's former Chairman, Peter Bond. He liked what he heard and flew down from Sydney to catch Alley at a showcase. She was signed to the label at the age of eighteen.

In February 2003, Alley went to write and record in London with songwriters and producers John Holiday, Trevor Steele and Peter Vettese. On 26 May 2003, she released her first single "Falling" which went to peak at number five on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and was nominated for an award at the 2003 ARIA Awards for "Breakthrough Artist - Single" but lost to "Born to Try" by Delta Goodrem.[2][3] Her first studio album Colorblind was released on 23 October 2003, and debuted in the ARIA Album Chart at position sixty-four.[4] The second single "Dream the Day Away" did not follow the success of "Falling", only debuting at number forty-five.[5] On 2 October 2003, Alley opened the seventeenth annual ARIA Awards performing the song "Falling".[1] In 2004 she split with her record label Universal Records because she was not happy with the lack of control she had.[6]

In May 2005, Alley's manager organised a distribution contract with MGM Distribution independent label International Quarterback and she went away to write for twenty months and worked with producer Michael Szumowski.[7] It was announced in late 2006 that Alley was releasing her new single, "Before You Go", on 13 January 2007. The song took a while to chart but with the combination of CD and digital downloads the song managed to become a top twenty hit peaking at number sixteen.[8] Her husband, Grant Hackett, has a songwriting credit on the album and is the only other credited writer besides Alley. She also performed live at the David Jones fashion show, the AFL 2007 season launch and supported Chris Isaak on his The Best Of tour in Melbourne.

Through Candice's success on her second album a United States Dance label Pro Motion approached her to do a remix of the 2003 debut single "Falling" which went to climb the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and went to peak at number thirty-eight.[9]


Since 2015, Alley has had a recurring guest role on Australian television series Neighbours as Cecilia Saint.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Alley met Australian swimmer Grant Hackett when she was invited to sing at the "Swimmer of the Year" dinner in 2004.[11] They married in Albert Park, Melbourne on 14 April 2007. On 16 March 2009, Hackett's manager Chris White confirmed Alley and Hackett were expecting twins. In September 2009, Alley gave birth to the twins - a boy named Jagger Emilio and a girl named Charlize Alley.[12]

On 29 October 2011, police were called to attend a dispute at Alley and Hackett's Melbourne apartment, which was reportedly found in disarray. [13] The couple did not publicly elaborate on the events of the evening, however Hackett admitted to being "overwhelmingly embarrassed" by his behaviour, [14] with Alley claiming in the following weeks that she and her husband were "immensely in love", "overwhelmingly happy" and that their relationship was "100% amazing" [15] in spite of the incident.

On 3 May 2012, Alley and Hackett announced they were separating; they divorced August 2013.



Album information Australian Charts
  • Released: 23 September 2003 (Australia)
  • Singles: "Falling", "Dream the Day Away"
64 [4]
Candice Alley
  • Released: 12 December 2007
  • Singles: "Before You Go", "I Belong"


Year Song Australia New Zealand U.S. Dance Album
2003 "Falling" 5 15 38 Colorblind
"Dream the Day Away" 45
2007 "Before You Go" 16 Candice Alley
"I Belong" -

"—" denotes singles that were released but did not chart.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
2003 ARIA Award Breakthrough Artist - Single (Falling) Nominated
2004 APRA Award Most Performed Single - (Falling) Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Candice Alley - Biography". Retrieved 30 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Candice Alley - Falling (single) (225124)". Australian-charts. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
  3. ^ "2003: 17th Annual ARIA Awards" Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
  4. ^ a b "ARIA Report - 29 September 2003". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Candice Alley - Dream the day away (single) (269902)". Australian-charts. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
  6. ^ Adrian Potts "Candice Alley". Rave. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Message's from Candice". Candice Alley forum. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  8. ^ "Candice Alley - Before you go (single) (298879)". Australian-charts. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
  9. ^ "Hot Dance Club Play - Chart Listing". Billboard. 21 February 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Singer Candice Alley joins Ramsey Street". Australian Associated Press. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "New Idea - Wedding Special". New Idea. Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  12. ^ "Grant Hackett and Candice Alley expecting twins". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  13. ^ "Drama as Grant Hackett and Candice Alley's home is trashed and police called". Herald Sun. 1 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Drama as Grant Hackett and Candice Alley's home is trashed and police called". Herald Sun. 1 November 2011. 
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