Kelli Ali

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Kelli Ali
Birth nameKelli Dayton
Born (1974-06-30) 30 June 1974 (age 49)
Birmingham, England
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsOne Little Independent Records

Kelli Ali, also known as Kelli Dayton (born 30 June 1974),[1] is a British vocalist, who was formerly the lead singer of the trip hop group Sneaker Pimps before going on to a solo career.


Early bands (1990–1996)[edit]

Before Sneaker Pimps, Ali was part of a group called Psycho Drama, which she joined when she was 16 years old. A few years later, she was asked by Russell Cross of the band The Lumieres to join his band (as their songwriter, singer, and lead guitarist).[2] The Lumieres only had one major single, "Cinder Hearts".

Sneaker Pimps and Becoming X (1996–1997)[edit]

With Sneaker Pimps she was featured prominently in both the songs and the music videos for the album Becoming X (the group finding fame following the release of the hit single "6 Underground"). Ali was released from the group in 1998 when Chris Corner, the principal songwriter, decided to do vocals for his own songs.[3]

Tigermouth, Psychic Cat and Rocking Horse (1998–2008)[edit]

After leaving Sneaker Pimps, she moved on to a solo career under the name Kelli Ali after her father who had passed away before the release of Becoming X.[4] Her first solo album, Tigermouth, was released in 2003. It includes tracks "Sunlight in the Rain" and "Kids" and features ex-Doors drummer John Densmore.[5] She toured alongside Garbage in April 2002 and released a follow-up album, Psychic Cat, in mid-2004. The second album was more of a return to Ali's rock and roll roots and featured musician-turned-author Tony O'Neill on keyboards.[6]

In April 2006, she travelled to Japan to record and write tracks with Hoshino Hidehiko from Buck-Tick and Cube Juice for the band Dropz.[7] The same year, producer Paul Oakenfold recorded the Kelli Ali penned song "Faster Kill Pussycat" with actress Brittany Murphy. It is Murphy's only single release.

On 24 November 2008, Ali released Rocking Horse, her third solo album.[8] The album was produced by Max Richter (Fat Cat records) in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the first half of 2008. In 2009, she self-released the album Butterfly.[9]

Band of Angels and Ghostdriver (2013–present)[edit]

Ali released her 5th album in 2013, entitled Band of Angels.[10] She has collaborated with the UK band Cult With No Name.

On 2 December 2016, on her Instagram feed Kelli Ali announced a new project, Ghostdriver.[11] In her announcement Ali stated " will be a joint album & film project. A noir thriller and love letter to London." The project was being crowd-funded via a PledgeMusic campaign. On 30 December 2017, Ali posted an update to the site, stating, "Thanks to you, all the filming for Ghostdriver was completed and the edit is in full swing, all songs written and in the later stages of production."[12]

On 24 November 2018, Ali released "The Fear of London" as the lead single from Ghostdriver. It was distributed as a seven-track digital remix single exclusively to fans who contributed to her PledgeMusic campaign. This was followed by an exclusive PledgeMusic-only digital release of the full 15-track Ghostdriver album on 26 January 2019, with an announcement that a full commercial release of the album and single will follow later in 2019 in conjunction with the release of the final film.[13] In the album release announcement, Ali also revealed that her former Sneaker Pimps bandmate and notable producer and engineer Liam Howe contributed extensively to the mix and additional production of the album, notably marking the first collaboration between two original Sneaker Pimps band members since their disbandment.

As post-production work on the film continued through 2019, Ali released a stand-alone single, "Sadistic". It is a collaboration with producer Satoshi Tomiie, recorded during the Ghostdriver sessions. It features additional mix and production from Liam Howe. Released in December 2019 was a limited edition, deluxe Lipstick USB set and a new music video. The Ghostdriver film's post-production suffered delays in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The soundtrack album was released 26 November 2020,[14] with the film finally expected around summer 2023 after various post-production delays.

In September 2019, Kelli Ali appeared as a main feature in the Visual Collaborative electronic catalogue, in an issue themed Vivencias which translates to "Experiences" in Spanish. She was interviewed alongside 30 people from around the world such as Dakore Akande, Adelaide Damoah and Desdamona.[15][16][17]

In 2021, Ali's song "Rocking Horse" appeared on the soundtrack of the six-part Netflix thriller series Behind Her Eyes.[18]




  • Tigermouth (One Little Indian Records) (2003)
  • Psychic Cat (One Little Indian Records) (2004)
  • Sweet Oblivion (Victor Entertainment, Inc.) (2007) (project with Hoshino Hidehiko of famous Japanese rock band Buck Tick and abstract wonder boy, Cube Juice in Japan. The band of said trio called "DROPZ")
  • Rocking Horse (One Little Indian Records) (2008)
  • Butterfly (independently released[19]) (2009) (Acoustic reworkings of Rocking Horse album)
  • A Paradise Inhabited By Devils (Ozymandias & Kelli Ali) (2010)
  • Band of Angels (Independently released) (2013)
  • Ghostdriver (Independently released joint album & film project) (Exclusive PledgeMusic release 25 January 2019. Independent commercial release 20 Nov 2021.)


  • 2003 "Inferno High Love"
  • 2003 "Teardrop Hittin' The Ground"
  • 2003 "Kids"
  • 2004 "Speakers/Voyeur"
  • 2004 "Hot Lips"
  • 2008 "What to Do/One Day at a Time"
  • 2009 "The Savages/Rocking Horse (Acoustic Version)/Willow's Song"
  • 2013 "Kiss Me Cleopatra"
  • 2016 "The Art of Love"
  • 2017 "The Hunter"
  • 2019 "The Fear of London"
  • 2019 "Sadistic"



  1. ^ "Kelli Ali". Kelli Ali. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Kelli Ali Psychic Cat Times – The Lumieres". Archived from the original on 29 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Kelli Ali". Kelli Ali. 6 January 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Billboard". 16 June 2001.
  5. ^ "Tigermouth – Kelli Ali | Credits". AllMusic. 4 March 2003. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. ^ Joshua Glazer (26 October 2004). "Psychic Cat – Kelli Ali | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Kelli Ali". Kelli Ali. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  8. ^ Simmy Richman (23 November 2008). "Album: Kelli Ali, Rocking Horse, (One Little Indian) | Reviews | Culture". The Independent. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Kelli Ali". Kelli Ali. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Kelli Ali: New Album – Band of Angels". Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  11. ^ "kellialiofficial VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT". 2 December 2016. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  12. ^ "'Ghostdriver' New album & Film". 19 June 2016. Archived from the original on 19 February 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  13. ^ "'Ghostdriver' Ghostdriver – Album Exclusive". 26 January 2019. Archived from the original on 19 February 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Kelli Ali Ghostdriver Original Soundtrack Album". 26 November 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Dakore Akande, Swaady Martin, Kelli Ali, Adelaide Damoah and Husani Oakley Feature on Visual Collaborative". Odyssey (publication). Archived from the original on 12 October 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Swaady Martin, others catalogued in Vicencias". Vanguard. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Kelli Ali main feature interview in Visual Collaborative Vivencias". Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Behind Her Eyes soundtrack: all the songs in the Netflix thriller". Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  19. ^ Kelli Ali's Butterfly Album Release Journal Entry Archived 30 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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