AJ, from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a former beauty queen and now an ambassador for mental health. After opening a Facebook page she created a huge following for her music and only just got back into her music, (after life changing circumstances). This wasn't long before lockdown hit.
She had been performing both solo and with other musicians at some small venues prior to lockdown. During lockdown AJ utilized Facebook to create a music page, build a fan base and perform regular live gigs every week, featuring both covers and her own material.
AJ also writes her own songs and music and Collab's regularly with other musicians of various genres. She has a very powerful voice, with a smooth, captivating tone that lends itself to a variety of musical genres.
Her four collaboration single releases this year have all been quite different from each other. It is this diversity and her abilities that make her a special talent.
AJ has been featured on various radio stations worldwide, including many interviews and has featured many times in local and national media talking about mental health and her passion for music. She has also been recognized by Aberdeenshire Council by being named as a finalist in the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards 2021.
AJ is also collaborating with other musicians, planning an album of covers and working on more original material, and released her debut EP, Healing, in late 2021, featuring four original tracks: Born To Make a Difference; Hold On; Bleeding Heart & her latest self penned single, Breathe. All these releases are available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.
AJ writes her own songs and music and Collab's regularly with other musicians of various genres. She has a very powerful voice, with a smooth, captivating tone and can sing pretty much anything, Her three collaboration single releases this year have all been quite different from each other. It is this diversity and her abilities that make her unique.
Neil Clark (New STARZ)
AJ Mclovely - We just have a wee inkling that major success is gonna strike for this wee diamond sooner rather than later. Instantly likeable and very talented with a great online presence, the fan base growing all the time. Wee bit of luck in the mix and stardom awaits.
(Country Gigs Scotland)
Healing by AJ Mclovely
For fans of acoustic pop, indie pop and singer/songwriter.
Scottish artist AJ MCLOVELY has become masterful at turning sorrowful moments and grief into the most beautiful art. A case-in-point is her recent, and aptly-titled, EP, Healing. The bouncing indie pop of ‘Born to Make a Difference’ opens this short set of songs. Here, Mclovely evokes fellow Scottish female songwriter KT Tunstall whilst also giving the track her own unique touch. It is an empowering opening, for sure. The gentler ‘Hold On’ follows and reveals itself to be a lovingly-crafted fingerpicker with an indie folk feel, and ‘Bleeding Heart’ changes key again with an upbeat slice of contemporary synthpop. Mclovely returns to her songwriter roots with the final offering, the glorious piano-led heartache of ‘Breathe’.
Aldora Britain Records
Liverpool Sound and Vision
AJ McLovely, Healing. E.P. Review.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
We are forever in search of ways to heal, to reconcile and rebuild, and if not cure, then at least restore to a point where the date in which we found we were separated from our view of reality. Healing is the modern-day utopia, the ideal from where we were once lost is within our grasp, therapy is reliable, and yet what all just need to realise that to soothe our soul, to cure the ills of corporate machinations and government interference is to listen to our heart, to believe that Healing can come from within, it comes from the art we must allow in our lives.
No matter which way we find the momentum of therapeutic wellness, it surely can come with no greater emphasis for the soul than the release of one’s own feelings, questions, and understanding than in physical form, in the image of book, in the herculean effort of a song created after hours, maybe years of finding the right way to express the doubt we have.
The sense of soothing, of energised setting is absolutely in evidence as Aberdeenshire’s AJ
McLovely takes to the stage she has come to embrace and in the response of her debut E.P., Healing, what she places in the listener is an event, an effect, the outcome of belief being given a voice, and when it comes from the heart of one who has waited, one who has forged their own steel whilst being around a culture that thinks that richness of soul is adorned by paper value, then those that listen benefit from the principle of communication created.
Healing comes from communication, and as the four songs that make up the debut E.P., Born To Make A Difference, Hold On, Bleeding Heart, and Breathe wash over the listener, it is to the communication of new voice, of a new perspective that takes root; for healing is not always about finding the right ear, it is connecting with the right soul.
A beautifully crafted introduction, AJ McLovely has been unveiled before the world at a time when connection and communication are vastly in need of being acknowledged.
AJ McLovely’s Healing is out now.
Ian D. Hall