Aly & Aj
Guitarists | Singers | Songwriters | Pianists
Aly and AJ (once known as 78violet) are an American pop duo consisting of sisters Alyson Renae “Aly” Michalka and Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka. They were born in Torrance, California. They are both actresses, singer-songwriters, guitarists and pianists
Latest album With Love From is a travelog that Aly & Aj liken to a series of postcards to fans, from each town they’ve seen on their journey. “It’s an ode to the people who have kept with us for so long, and also new fans who have just started listening,” Aj says. “We’re bringing our California sunshine to them, and they’re bringing it to us,” Aly adds.
With Love From was recorded amid a touch of the beat’s whirlwind success, which brought them from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to ABC’s “GMA,” from the pages of Rolling Stone to NPR, from the stages of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits to NYC’s Governors Ball—after which they spoke out at the March for Our Lives. They also graced the stages of the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden and performed the title track off of the album on the TODAY Show.
“We wanted the energy to feel like a thunderstorm,” AJ says, or as Aly put it, “We wanted to capture this feeling you get from the weather—this frenetic energy in the air.” Befitting the great sense of confidence and self-possession that suffuses all of their music now, With Love From marks the first time Aly & AJ have been credited as co-producers.
“We’ve been here a long time, but everything also feels very fresh and new to us,” Aly says.