Andy Allo

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Andy Allo
Andy Allo - Gruenspan 2013.jpg
Andy Allo performing at Gruenspan, Hamburg
Background information
Born (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25)
Bamenda, Northwest Region, Cameroon
Genres Funk, soul, neo-soul, rhythm and blues, pop
Occupations Actress, musician, model, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Associated acts Prince
Website alloevolution.com

Andy Allo (born 13 January 1989), is a Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, model, and actress.[1]

She is known for her appearances in American television shows, including the comedy-drama series The Game,[2] the talk show Attack of the Show!,[3] and her musical performance on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[4] Allo has also produced two record albums.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Bamenda, Northwest Region, Cameroon, Allo developed an interest in music at an early age; her mother taught her to play the piano at age seven. She is the youngest of five siblings.[6]

Allo holds dual citizenship in the United States and Cameroon and moved with her sister Suzanne to Sacramento, California in 2000 at the age of eleven, following her mother (also a US citizen) and three other siblings.

Allo's father, Andrew Allo (an African ecologist after whom she was named) did not move to the US from Cameroon at that time. Andy's parents met and married in 1969 while both were students at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Allo's father recently resided in North Highlands, California and Edmond, Oklahoma.

Allo's mother, Sue Adams Allo, is a teacher and native Californian from Lodi. Her maternal grandfather, Christopher Norman Adams, was a World War II veteran, teacher, rancher, and fourth-generation Californian whose family settled in the Lodi area during the gold rush.

Allo's US public education began in seventh grade at Arden Middle School in Sacramento, and she graduated in 2006 from El Camino High School in Sacramento. Following high school, Allo attended American River Community College in northern Sacramento County.

At that time, Allo formed her own band, Allo and the Traffic Jam, which occasionally performed for tips on the corner of 22nd and J streets in Sacramento.

Allo's first solo gig was an open mic night in 2008 at the Fox & Goose Public House in downtown Sacramento.

Career[edit]

In 2009, she released her first independent album, UnFresh, a collection of 12 original songs.[7][8][9] The album's first single, "Dreamland", features the rapper Blu.[10]

Allo's reputation as a musician led her to a role as a singer and guitarist in American musician Prince's band, The New Power Generation, in 2011.[11][12] She began writing with Prince while on tour, collaborating on three songs, "Superconductor", "The Calm" and "Long Gone", which appear on Allo's album, Superconductor.[13][14]

Superconductor was released on 20 November 2012,[15] and the album debuted at number one on Amazon.com's Soul and R&B charts in France, the United Kingdom and the US[16][17] The album also features musicians Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty.[18]

Discography[edit]

UnFresh[edit]

  • "Fly Away"
  • "Come Home to Me"
  • "Down to Roll"
  • "I Want Love"
  • "Hooked"
  • "Unfresh"
  • "Sometimes (Interlude)"
  • "Dreamland"
  • "Knew You at All"
  • "Conclusions"
  • "Stalker"
  • "Outro (Thank You)"

Superconductor[edit]

  • "Superconductor"
  • "People Pleaser"
  • "Long Gone"
  • "The Calm"
  • "Yellow Gold"
  • "Nothing More"
  • "If I Was King"
  • "Story of You & I"
  • "When Stars Collide"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Daily Feed with Andy Allo 4.22.11". G4 TV. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Andy Allo – Filmopgraphy". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Full cast crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ [dead link] "Andy Allo Performs "People Pleaser"". Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Andy Allo". Last FM. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Andy Allo Bio". Allo Evolution. 
  7. ^ "unFresh". CD Universe. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bounce-Worthy: Andy Allo". www.soulbounce.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "UnFresh". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  10. ^ [1].
  11. ^ "Andy Allo Listening Party, Sun, 9/23 @ Chicago House of Blues w/Special Guests New Power Generation Band". Prince.org. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  12. ^ [2]. Zimbio.
  13. ^ "[Interview] Andy Allo: Prince's Protégé Comes into Her Own". Ebony. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Andy Allo on New Album and Working with Prince & The New Power Generation". LifeandTimes.com. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Album: Superconductor". Princevault Wikipedia. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  16. ^ [3]. noise11.com.
  17. ^ "Andy Allo Tops Amazon Charts with "Superconductor"". www.drfunkenberry.com. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  18. ^ [4].

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