"I am who I am
And I love where I stand
Yeah, I can't stand for long
But I'm going strong
In 2010, thirteen-year old Ali McManus underwent a lifesaving spinal fusion to correct the 145-degree curvature in her spine which was crushing her internal organs and limiting her oxygen intake below 19%. Recovering from this operation, along with 10 additional surgeries, proved to be a difficult road for young Ali. It was a simple keyboard and the hope of a song which enabled Ali to adopt a spirit which could not be broken. Through the healing powers of music, Ali became "Unbreakable."
While Ali's path to healing health had many twists and turns, music proved to be a constant in her life during, and after, her surgical journey. To this day Ali states that when she sings one of her songs, "it is 3 minutes when [she] doesn't feel any pain." Now 23 years old, living independently, and performing and speaking inspirationally around the country, Ali works to inspire others through her beautiful music and indomitable spirit. Her debut studio album, 'UNBREAKABLE,' has achieved much positive critical acclaim and was produced by Jack Douglas (former producer of John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper).
Ali's rise to musical success is proof that we can harness the powers of music to help children cope, heal, persevere, and overcome the serious illnesses which are faced by so many. It is in honor of Ali that we work to provide help and hope for children in the greater Detroit-area.
For more about Ali, please visit her website: https://www.alimcmanus.com