Ali is a female vocalist most recognized for being lead singer for the trip-hop group Sneaker Pimps, under the name Kelli Dayton. Though 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"), she was released from the group in 1998 when they decided to do vocals for their own songs. Before Sneaker Pimps, Kelli was originally part of a group called Psycho Drama before joining the Lumieres (as their songwriter, singer, and lead guitarist) a few years later. The Lumieres only had one major single, "Cinder Hearts".
Under the name Kelli Ali, she moved on to a solo career, starting with Tigermouth in 2003. With this album, she moved from trip-hop to a more dreampop sound. The album featured hits such as "Sunlight in the Rain" and "Kids," which featured ex-Doors drummer John Densmore. She toured alongside Garbage in 2003 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.
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.
On 24 November 2008, Ali released Rocking Horse, her third solo album. The new album has a more acoustic tone than previous releases. The album was produced by Max Richter (Fat Cat records) in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the first half of 2008.
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