At 17, Aly Tadros picked up the guitar and uprooted from her hometown of Laredo, Texas to live in Istanbul, Turkey as an exchange student. By 21, she’d lived and studied on four continents, slowly teaching herself to play the guitar along the way. In 2013, The Village Voice dubbed her “one of the best live shows to catch in NYC” for her first show at Joe’s Pub. Amid the metamorphosis that came to define her songwriting, Tadros embraced a new level of transparency by blogging for fans. A guest editorial on her road to sobriety published for XOJane went viral in 2015.