Alannah Myles’ first self-titled album released in 1989 produced four Top 40 hits. Those hits include “Love Is,” “Lover of Mine,” and “Still Got This Thing,” as well as the #1 international smash “Black Velvet.” She won various rewards as a result of “Black Velvet” including a Grammy for best female rock and several Juno awards. She won a Diamond Award for sales in excess of 1 million in Canada; the only artist who still retains this status for her debut record. ASCAP awarded the song a Millionaire Award in 2005 for over 4 million radio plays of “Black Velvet” in the US. SOCAN awarded the songs “Black Velvet” and “Lover of Mine” each with an award for over 100,000 plays in Canada in 2005 with her #1 hit song “Instead Of A Kiss” to follow.
Her follow-up album, Rockinghorse, received a Grammy nomination and three Juno Awards. After the sale of over 8 million records, she concluded her alliance with Atlantic and signed on with Miles Copeland's Ark 21 Records to release her fourth record, Arrival, which had the top 40 hit “Bad 4 You.” In 1999, she released The Very Best of Alannah Myles, which contained hits from all four albums.
After an eight year songwriting hiatus, Alannah re-emerged energized and with a new album, and chose to call it Black Velvet in order to re-connect with her millions of fans. Black Velvet was released in Europe in the fall of 2009, Canada in spring 2010 and the US in fall 2010. Alannah toured to support the release of the album in Europe during March 2011. She looks forward to touring the summer festival scene in 2012 with her full band along with intimate acoustic performances.