After a decade of focusing on acting, Aly and AJ Michalka have returned to their musical roots with a renewed sense of purpose and maturity. When the sisters headlined the Greek Theatre for the first time in September, it marked a significant moment in their careers. The venue held a special place in their hearts as it was the site of the very first concert they attended back in 2004, and it has long been a dream performance space for them.
During the show, the sisters showcased their latest album, “With Love From,” which features a blend of folksy Americana tunes reminiscent of Kasey Musgraves, Haim, and Carly Rae Jepsen, along with updated versions of their hits from their teen years. The audience consisted of long-time fans who have grown up with Aly and AJ as well as new fans who have been drawn to their authentic sound. As Aly and AJ transition into a new phase of their music career, they have been pleasantly surprised by the diverse range of fans who have embraced their music.
Aly & AJ first burst onto the music scene in the mid-2000s, signing their first record deal at the ages of 15 and 13. They gained fame through their work with The Cheetah Girls, appearances on the Disney Channel, and performances at prestigious venues such as the White House. Despite the challenges of child stardom, the sisters credit their emotional resilience to a strong support system and the fact that their parents were not directly involved in the business side of their careers.
After a decade-long hiatus from music, during which they pursued individual acting projects, Aly and AJ found inspiration and a renewed passion for music. Their time apart allowed them to find their own voices and identities, which has translated into a more mature and authentic sound in their music. During this time, they also had the opportunity to advocate for gun reform after surviving a mass shooting, using their platform to raise awareness about important social issues.
As they gear up for the release of their holiday EP, “Lonesome Dove,” and prepare to return to the studio for their next album, Aly and AJ are embracing their own empowerment and sense of purpose. The past year has revealed the harsh realities of the music industry, from financial challenges to the need for greater advocacy and protections for artists. Despite these obstacles, Aly and AJ are committed to pursuing their music with an unwavering determination.
Looking ahead to the future, the sisters are eager to continue evolving their sound and deepening their connection with their audience. As they plan to return to the studio in 2024 to record another album, they are excited about the opportunity to further explore their soulful, SoCal soft rock sound. With an Aries spirit that drives them forward, Aly and AJ are embracing the journey ahead with enthusiasm and determination.
Aly and AJ’s return to touring and their continued dedication to their music career mark an inspiring chapter in their lives. As they navigate the challenges of the industry and pursue their artistic vision, they are sure to captivate audiences with their heartfelt and authentic music. Their journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and the enduring nature of their talent.