credit: Joel Arbaje
Deau Eyes is Ali Thibodeau: Richmond, VA born and raised singer songwriter. Ever since Thibodeau left high school early in her junior year, she has been working to support herself and her art. Lifelong dreams of a career in performance brought her to NYC, Florida, Idaho, and Virginia to work in theaters, theme parks, studios, classrooms, festivals, and cruise ships. It has only been in recent years that she has listened to her original inner voice and began to translate her experiences into her own music. Her debut album Let It Leave (5/8/2020, Egghunt Records) was recorded in Nashville, TN with longtime friends and co-producers Jacob Blizard and Collin Pastore, whose credits include Lucy Dacus and illuminati hotties, among others. The songs celebrate the joys and complications of a liminal life—balancing freedom and stability, falling in and out of love, and trusting yourself through the noise of other people’s expectations. Her live shows can be loud and punky or subdued and sweet, varying from song to song. It is clear that she puts her theater experience to good use; however, playing as Deau Eyes, Thibodeau is far from acting. When the floor is hers, she is disarmingly earnest.
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