|Birth name||Sasha Sierra Allen|
June 4, 1982 |
Harlem, New York, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, rock, soul|
|Associated acts||Hair, Babyface, Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Shakira|
Sasha Sierra Allen (born June 4, 1982) is an American singer and actress. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, she began her career in the music industry as a backing vocalist for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Leona Lewis, and Usher. Allen later portrayed Dionne in the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and the 2010 West End revival at the Gielgud Theatre.
Life and career
Born to a single mother of African-American and Bermudian descent, Allen is the eldest of two children. Allen was educated at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York. She later signed with Elektra Records at the age of 17. A native of Harlem, New York, Allen resides in Brooklyn, New York with her fiancé and their two children.
Sasha Allen was educated at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York. At the age of 14, she starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind. Also while still in high school, she was featured in commercial and print work, including advertisements in TIME magazine for AT&T, and a commercial with Michael Jordan.
At 17 when she was signed to Elektra Records, working with producers Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Kanye West) and J. Moss (Karen Clark Sheard, Kiki Sheard). Later, she was signed by Arista Records when LA Reid was president. Failed record contracts[clarification needed] caused Sasha to pursue other avenues of performing, such as acting, to expose her gifts.
She has performed on world tours and platinum albums of several performers, including Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics Tour and resulting DVD (Back to Basics: Live and Down Under), John Legend's album Once Again, and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds' album Playlist. Allen was also the feature vocalist on Babyface's "Playlist" World Tour, singing the classic hits with Babyface that he wrote and produced for Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Madonna, and others. Sasha has also toured with Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, and John Legend, performed with Usher and David Bowie, and recorded with Celine Dion. Allen's television work as a vocalist with musical director Rickey Minor garnered her performances with Jessica Simpson, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Clint Black.
Allen's music showcases her love for rock, soul and R&B. Her first single, "Let's Fly Away", was released on July 4, 2008, and the follow-up, a cover of Joan Osborne's "One Of Us", was released in September 2008. The remix for "Let's Fly Away", produced by Rob Lewis and TrakFire Productions climbed the dance charts.[clarification needed]
2012–present, The Voice
Returning to reality TV, Allen was selected as a participant for the fourth US season of The Voice. She auditioned with "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks, which turned all four coaches' chairs. Sasha decided to join Adam Levine's team. In the battle round she competed against Amber Carrington, who Adam would end up picking, making Sasha available to be stolen. Both Usher and Shakira pressed their button for Sasha, and she opted to join team Shakira.
Sasha would be the final remaining member of Team Shakira, and the first stolen contestant on The Voice to advance to the semifinals.
Performances and results
|Blind Audition||"Not Ready to Make Nice"||The Dixie Chicks||6||All 4 Chairs Turned
Allen joined Adam Levine's team
|Battle Round||"Try" (vs. Amber Carrington)||Pink||N/A||Lost Battle
Stolen by Shakira
|Knockout Round||"At Last" (vs. Shawna P.)||Etta James||8||Advanced|
|Live Playoffs||"Oh! Darling"||The Beatles||8||Safe (Public Vote)|
|Top 10||"Next To Me"||Emeli Sande||5||Safe|
|Top 8||"Without You"||David Guetta ft. Usher||4||Safe|
|Top 6||"Ain't No Way"||Aretha Franklin||4||Safe|
|"Before He Cheats"||Carrie Underwood||12|
|Top 5||"I Will Always Love You"||Dolly Parton||2||Eliminated|
|"Bad Girls"||Donna Summer||7|