MUSIC - Halle Ford, Violinist, Singer, Songwriter


Halle is originally from Kentucky, now living in California. Her love of music and the violin began when she was four years old after finding an old violin in a closet at her grandmother's house. Halle's bio says, "it was love at first sight", and she "begged" her parents for lessons until they agreed. Sensing how committed Halle was to music, her parents sought out the "area’s finest teachers" to instruct her. Halle's talent and dedication materialized when she became the youngest student of Louisville Symphony’s Concert Master at the age of 8.

She studied songwriting with the Head of Composition at the University of Kentucky in her teens. She played many styles of music, "from classical etudes to traditional fiddle tunes to Madonna covers." Halle moved to Los Angeles in her early 20s in pursuit of her musical dreams, "where she broke into the music scene by absorbing as many experiences as possible." She became a session musician and works with "some of Los Angeles’ finest upcoming talent."  February 2011 marks the launch of Halle's first CD, " Pretty Girl" -   Read Halle's CD Press Release (PDF)

REVIEW extract:

The Write Stuff - Local Musician to Release Debut Album

" Local violinist and singer Halle Ford’s debut album, “Pretty Girl,” to be released next month, combines “catchy, sing-along lyrics” with violin melodies.

The progression of songs mirrors Ford’s journey from a naive young girl to a woman who masters her own voice.

Ford discovered her passion for music at age 4 when discovering an old violin in her grandmother’s closet. At 8 she was studying with a symphony concertmaster and later studied songwriting at the University of Kentucky.

Ford's initial arrangements for “Pretty Girl” involved a string quartet and voice, and musician and producer Matt Ford then added guitars, bass and programmed drums to the equation." ~ Laguna Beach Independent

Halle Ford is a Pretty Girl

"Norwegian-influenced fiddle coming by way of Louisville, Kentucky: must be Halle Ford, whose spiky violin playing underlies this ambitious piece of pop. “Pretty Girl” has a KT Tunstallesque marriage of traditional and pop, swapping out the guitars for that all important violin and bow. Taken from the album of the same name, the song is rumbunctious and compelling (and to my ears has a near-Celtic sound, but then I always did have trouble distinguishing my Norwegian Fiddle from my Celtic Fiddle: it got me into a lot of trouble in Fiddle Lessons)." ~


Halle Ford - Pretty Girl (2011)