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Alicia Witt

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Alicia Witt first appeared onscreen in 1984, playing Alia Atreides in David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. She wasn't even ten years old, so it's little wonder that she wound up being pigeonholed as an actress and not a musician, even though she had been playing piano for at least as long as she had been acting. It is true that she appeared onscreen more often than she recorded, returning to duty for Lynch in a 1990 episode of Twin Peaks and then regularly showing up on film and television over the next two decades, breaking through in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus and her four-season run on the sitcom Cybill. During all this, Witt continued to concentrate on the piano. She studied the instrument at Boston University and entered national competitions, but she first started to gain attention for her prowess when she starred in the musical Piano/Forte in 2006. Three years later, Witt made the shift to pop music, releasing an eponymous EP that showcased her clear debt to the likes of Elton John and Billy Joel. Three years later came Live at Rockwood. Witt finally released her full-length debut Revisionary History in the spring of 2015; it was produced by Ben Folds, who was dating the singer/songwriter at the time of its release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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August 21, 1975 in Worcester, MA

Years Active:

'00s, '10s