A Canadian singer–songwriter, the daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer Bill Byles.
In 1988, she released her eponymous debut album. In 1990, "Black Velvet", a single from that album, was a worldwide smash hit and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.
When she was sixteen, she began performing in Southern Ontario. She eventually met Christopher Ward, the songwriter who helped her to form her own band, and performed cover versions of Aretha Franklin, T. Rex, AC/DC, Bob Seger, Anne Peebles, the Rolling Stones, and the Pretenders. Later, she joined David Tyson to produce her self-titled debut album, Alannah Myles.
In 1989, she released Alannah Myles. It produced three Top 40 selections, "Love Is", "Lover Of Mine", and "Still Got This Thing", as well as the number-one hit "Black Velvet". For Myles, "Black Velvet" became a number one hit worldwide and was named the most played song on radio for 1989.
In 1997 she left her eight-record contract with the Atlantic Records label at the behest of her manager, Miles Copeland, who signed her to his Ark 21 Records.
In July 2008, Myles, in an interview with the CBC's Evan Solomon, discussed her upcoming album Black Velvet. Black Velvet was released in April 2008 in Canada and Europe, with its release in the United States slated for the fall of 2009.