Photo by Chris Sikich

Ali Awan is a Philadelphia based artist. Born in Abington, Pennsylvania  he grew up in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, finally settling back down in the Philly suburb where he would spend the rest of his childhood. 
Awan began performing and writing collaboratively as a guitar and bass player in West Philadelphia basements/house parties at 14 years old. 

While playing in various bands throughout his teens & early twenties he eventually got interested in writing songs of his own. 
Once a touring member of the psych-boogie outfit Needle Points, he then spent time in LA based Jane Church and has been writing, recording, and performing his own material ever since. 

Awan's emphasis on groove and atmosphere are at the forefront of his mind as he says, My intention is to give my audience an interesting and unforgettable place to go and feel for themselves.”

"We all have those musical discoveries that reignite that fire in your belly. No artist has done that more than Ali Awan. His energy, creativity, passion for rock and roll, it’s contagious.”

-WXPN DJ Mike Vasilikos 


-WBEZ’s Sound Opinions host and Chicago Tribune writer/rock critic Jim DeRogatis

“Forget about solar, wind and nuclear; we need to invest in Ali Awan‘s energy.”

-Solomon Friedman of The Key