|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 and afterwards
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
- – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
|Blind Audition||"Not Ready to Make Nice"||The Dixie Chicks||April 8, 2013||5.6||All four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
|Battle Rounds||"Try" (vs. Amber Carrington)||Pink||April 15, 2013||7.1||Defeated
Stolen by Shakira
|Knockout Rounds||"At Last" (vs. Shawna P.)||Etta James||April 29, 2013||11.8||Saved by Coach|
|Live Playoffs||"Oh! Darling"||The Beatles||May 7, 2013||15.8||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 12||"Alone"||Heart||May 13, 2013||17.6||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 10||"Next To Me"||Emeli Sande||May 20, 2013||20.5||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 8||"Without You"||David Guetta feat. Usher||May 27, 2013||22.4||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 6||"Ain't No Way"||Aretha Franklin||June 3, 2013||25.4||Saved by Public Vote|
|"Before He Cheats"||Carrie Underwood||25.12|
|Live Top 5 (Semifinals)||"I Will Always Love You"||Dolly Parton||June 10, 2013||27.2||Eliminated|
|"Bad Girls"||Donna Summer||27.7|
- Kennedy, Lisa (25 June 2014). "'Pippin' national touring cast revealed: Sasha Allen as Leading Player". DenverPost.com. The Denver Post. Retrieved 6 July 2014.