A rocker raised on a well balanced diet of Michael Jackson, Pat Benatar, and a plateful of glitter. This Iowa girl has left a memorable impact on stages from Los Angeles to New York — with stops at “American Idol” and “Cabaret In The Courtyard” in between. Performing on the heels of her new album “Diamonds In The Blackout” – this Iowa native performs with a flair for the dynamic and theatrical; she’s most easily described — can she be easily described? — as a “passionate performance roller-coaster tied up in pleather pants and sequin stilettos.” Or as one musical critic wrote, “when Alisabeth sings, the neon rainbow melts into a swirling puddle.”
Born in the small town of Marion, Iowa, Alisabeth’s musical career began when she won the blue ribbon at 9 years old in a local talent show. More than a decade later, Alisabeth would be wowing judges in another “talent show” of sorts — drawing the attention of judges Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban on American Idol: Season 12, which saw her advance to the Hollywood Round.
And now for the “unofficial” bio
I’ve grown up a lot over the past year. Went through heartbreak and fell madly in love, lost my father to cancer and found myself. The set has all of the “showy” elements of last years — costumes, props, dancers, a rockin’ band — but it has more of me in every song, more real. I’m not quite sure how to put it — more honest — more exposed — but still flouncing about in pleather and sequins.
I used to put on a shows in my living room and charge one penny for admission. I’d do several costume changes using old dance recital costumes and would make my younger cousins be my back-up dancers. I’d take tablecloths and make stage curtains and I’d remix myself singing songs with nine other harmonies of myself via cassette. Who I am today most definitely stems from moments like this in my childhood. Also the fact that my family never missed a living room show and fully supported me then just as much as they support me now. The drive to entertain has always been inside of me. The living room shows are essentially what you see on stage today — just in a bigger way. And minus the tablecloth.