Alannah Myles is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter, the daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer William Douglas Byles. In 1989, she released her eponymous debut album which the single "Black Velvet" became a worldwide hit and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.
Alannah began writing songs at the age of 9 and as a teenager began performing solo gigs in Southern Ontario. She appeared in a 1984 installment of the television series program The Kids of Degrassi Street, in which she played the role of an aspiring singer and single mother. She was featured in several other TV and film productions as a guest prior to her success as a recording artist.
In May 1989, Warner Music in Canada released Alannah Myles which produced four Top 40 selections, including "Love Is", "Lover of Mine", and "Still Got This Thing", and the number-one hit "Black Velvet". I"Black Velvet" won Myles a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance in 1991, and three Juno Awards. In 1992, her follow-up album, Rockinghorse, which included the hit singles "Song Instead of a Kiss", "Our World, Our Times", and "Sonny Say You Will". She received a Grammy nomination for Rockinghorse and several global awards, including a Juno and MuchMusic's people's choice award for "Our World, Our Times".
In 1995, A-lan-nah was released but contained no Top 40 singles. In 1997, she managed to terminate her eight-record contract with Atlantic Records and signed to Ark 21 Records. She released A Rival, which had the Top 40 hit "Bad 4 You".
In 2010, she released the album Black Velvet, which featured a new recording of her song of the same name in addition to ten new studio recordings. In 2011, she toured in support of her Black Velvet CD beginning with a and her song Black Velvet was one of four selected to be covered on the CBC Television reality television show Cover Me Canada.