Alyson Michalka in concert, Sept. 2009
|Birth name||Alyson Renae Michalka|
|Also known as||Aly|
|Born||March 25, 1989|
|Origin||Torrance, California, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Actress, singer, songwriter, guitarist|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, guitar, piano, bongos|
|Years active||2004 — present|
|Label(s)||Hollywood Records (2004–present)|
|Website|| http://www.alyandaj.com |
Alyson Renae Michalka, (born March 25, 1989) often credited as Aly, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. She is perhaps best known for her role as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel Original Series, Phil of the Future and as Taylor Callum in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles. She is also known as one-half of the musical duo Aly & AJ with her sister Amanda Michalka.
Alyson lived and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California with her sister Amanda. Michalka has been playing the piano since she was five and started playing the guitar at the age of thirteen. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions.
CareerMichalka's acting debut came when she was cast in the role of Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel Original Series, Phil of the Future. She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies Now You See It..., in which she plays "Allyson Miller", an ambitious television producer, and Cow Belles, in which she appears opposite her sister. Last year, she announced via her MySpace that she had booked a leading role in the Walden Media film, Bandslam, a film about a group of misfits who form a rock band.
The filming took place in Austin Texas and she co-starred with Vanessa Hudgens. This, while her sister A.J. is featured in the upcoming Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones, which is yet to be released.
Michalka and her sister comprise the musical group 78violet (Aly & AJ), and released their first album, Into the Rush, on August 16, 2005. The next year, they brought out a holiday album in September, covering 9 holiday tracks, along with two originals, titled Acoustic Hearts of Winter. Three additional tracks were released the following year.
In July 2007, their album, Insomniatic, hit stores, featuring the American top 20 hit single, "Potential Breakup Song". On February 19, they announced they were no longer signed to Hollywood Records and plans to release their anticipated new album had been cancelled.
|2004–06||Phil of the Future||Keely Teslow||lead role|
|2005||Now You See It...||Allyson Miller||made for television (Disney Channel)|
|2006||Haversham Hall||Hope Mason||Unaired pilot|
|Cow Belles||Taylor Callum||made for television (Disney Channel)|
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Taylor Plimpton (Taylor Tiara)||made for television (MTV Films)|
|2009||Bandslam||Charlotte Barnes||lead role|
- Alyson Michalka at TV.com