Ally Brooke

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Ally Brooke
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Background information
Birth nameAllyson Brooke Hernandez
Born (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 25)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated actsFifth Harmony

Allyson Brooke Hernandez (born July 7, 1993),[1] known professionally as Ally Brooke, is an American singer, best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She is currently working on her debut solo studio album with Atlantic Records.

Early life[edit]

Brooke was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, to Jerry Hernandez and Patricia Castillo. She was a six-week premature baby, weighing in at 1 pound and 4 ounces when she was born.[2] She is of Mexican descent and has an older brother. Brooke attended Cornerstone Christian Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas and completed her high school education through home-schooling.[3][4] She has cited Selena as her biggest musical influence.[5]

Career[edit]

The X Factor and Fifth Harmony[edit]

Brooke auditioned for The X Factor in Austin, Texas, not far from her hometown in San Antonio, singing "On My Knees" from contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez.[6] For her bootcamp round she sang against Jullia Bullock singing "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". She was eliminated during the bootcamp round of competition, but was brought back along with Dinah Jane, Normani, Lauren Jauregui, and Camila Cabello to form the group now known as Fifth Harmony.[7] The group advanced to the live shows and managed to finish in third place.[8] Her grandfather passed away during week 4 performance of "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson.

After the finale of The X Factor, Fifth Harmony was signed to Syco Music and Epic Records. The group released their first Extended Play (EP), Better Together in 2013, along with the albums Reflection in 2015 and 7/27 in 2016.[9] They released their self-titled third studio album Fifth Harmony on August 25, 2017. On March 19, 2018, the group announced an indefinite hiatus to focus on solo projects.[10]

2017-present: Solo work and upcoming debut album[edit]

Aside from her work with Fifth Harmony, Brooke was also featured on American DJ-duo Lost Kings song "Look at Us Now" along with American rapper ASAP Ferg. The song was released on June 9, 2017.[11] In July 2017, she was set to perform a solo show in São Paulo, but the show was canceled.[12] Brooke joined Plácido Domingo to sing two songs on January 24, 2018 at the Convention Center's Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.[13] Brooke collaborated with German DJ Topic for the song "Perfect", which was released on January 26, 2018 along with its music video.[14][15] She performed the song during an episode of Wild 'n Out and at We Day Illinois in March 2018.[16]

In early 2018, Brooke joined the other members of Fifth Harmony in an episode of Lip Sync Battle, performing a medley of songs by Selena and Jennifer Lopez.[17] In March 2018, she sung a medley of songs from Oscar-winning films such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "My Heart Will Go On" during the E! News broadcast of the red carpet pre-show of the 90th Academy Awards.[18] On March 12, 2018, Brooke signed withMaverick Entertainment as a solo artist.[19] She appeared in an episode of season 2 of Famous in Love as herself.[20]

In April 2018, Brooke confirmed she is working on her debut solo studio album, with producers 1500 or Nothin'.[21] In August 2018, it was announced that Brooke signed a record deal with Latium Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The company also announced that Brooke would release her debut solo single later in the fall.[22] She debuted a new song called "Vámonos", at the Fusion Festival in Liverpool, England on September 2, 2018.[23] The song was released on November 23, 2018, as a collaboration with Kris Kross Amsterdam and Messiah; she also performed the song prior to its official release at the 2018 ALMA Awards.[24] Brooke released a cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham! on November 16, 2018.[25] That same month, Brooke announced her memoir, Finding Your Harmony, which will be released on April 2, 2019.[26][27]

Philanthropy[edit]

Along with Fifth Harmony, Brooke has been involved with various charities like DoSomething.org and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.[28][29] She has also participated in activities by the ASPCA.[30] Brooke is the Celebrity Ambassador for March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization working to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.[31] On December 23, 2016, she had a toy drive in her hometown, San Antonio, benefiting children at local hospitals.[32]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance
[33]
AUT
[34]
GER
[35]
"Perfect"[36]
(with Topic)
2018 38 73 98 Non-album single
"Vámonos"[37]
(with Kris Kross Amsterdam and Messiah)
TBA
"Low Key" 2019 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance
[33]
"Look at Us Now"[38]
(Lost Kings featuring Ally Brooke and ASAP Ferg)
2017 30 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Last Christmas"[39] 2018 Non-album single
"The Truth Is In There" Non-album single

Filmography[edit]

Year Name Role Notes
2012–2013 The X Factor U.S. Herself 22 episodes (2012)
Guest: 1 episode (2013)
2014 Faking It Herself Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2015 Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Herself Episode: "Sisters' Fun Day"
2016 The Ride Herself Episode: "Fifth Harmony"
2018 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Fifth Harmony"
2018 Wild 'n Out Herself Episode: "International Women's Day Special"
2018 Famous in Love Herself Episode: "Totes on a Scandal"
2018 Sugar Herself 1 episode[40]

Bibliography[edit]

Finding Your Harmony (2019), HarperCollins[41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2017 BMI London Awards[42] Pop Award Songs "All in My Head (Flex)" Won
2018 BMI Pop Awards[43] Award Winning Songs Won
Teen Choice Awards[44] Choice Electronic/Dance Song "Perfect" (with Topic) Nominated
2019 IHeartRadio Music Awards Best Solo Breakout Herself Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ @AllyBrooke (July 7, 2015). "Kisses to everyone. You are so kind in your birthday messages and I want y'all to know that I LOVE YOU" (Tweet). Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Atkinson, Katie (November 20, 2015). "Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Brings Awareness to Premature Birth to 'Save Little Babies Like Me'". Billboard. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Huerta, Heidi (October 13, 2015). "9 Latino Chart-Toppers You Probably Didn't Know Were Latino". MTV News. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Jakle, Jeanne (August 7, 2013). "S.A. singer realizes 'dream': a hometown concert". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Diaz, Thatiana (January 24, 2018). "Ally Brooke on Fifth Harmony's Future and Her Latina Roots". People. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Cubria, Kaitlin (May 24, 2015). "The Truth Behind Fifth Harmony's Auditions on The X Factor". teen.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Kissick, Dean (June 5, 2016). "Fifth Harmony". Wonderland Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (December 20, 2012). "'X Factor' crowns Season 2 winner". USA Today. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Harp, Justin (May 18, 2016). "'It's More Personal to Us Now': Inside Fifth Harmony's Second Act". Fuse. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Kaufman, Gil (March 19, 2018). "Fifth Harmony Announce Hiatus to Pursue Solo Careers". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Wass, Mike. "Ally Brooke Shines on Lost Kings' Fiery "Look at Us Now"". Idolator. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony to perform in solo show in Brazil". Virgula. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  13. ^ Madalyn Mendoza (January 24, 2018). "Ally Brooke promotes her upcoming San Antonio show with 'legendary' Placido Domingo". MySA.com. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Nicholas Rice (January 24, 2018). "Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Releasing Debut Solo Single 'Perfect,' Collab With Topic". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Topic (February 2, 2018). "Topic & Ally Brooke – Perfect (Official Music Video)". YouTube.com. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  16. ^ Hussein, Wandera. "Ally Brooke Gives a Heartwarming Performance of 'Perfect' on 'Wild 'N Out': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  17. ^ "Fifth Harmony Members Become Their Idols on Intense 'Lip Sync Battle'". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Ally Brooke Performs Stunning Rendition of 'My Heart Will Go On'". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  19. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (March 12, 2018). "Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Signs With Britney Spears Manager Larry Rudolph (EXCLUSIVE)".
  20. ^ "Here's how Fifth Harmony worked together to set up solo success for its members". Los Angeles Times. March 19, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Jackson, Dory (April 23, 2018). "What Is Ally Brooke Doing Now? Singer Talks Life After Fifth Harmony". Newsweek. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  22. ^ Halperin, Shirley (August 28, 2018). "Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Lands Deal at Atlantic Records". Variety. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  23. ^ "Ally Brooke Makes Live Solo Debut With 'Vamonos' at Fusion Fest: Watch". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Ally Brooke Brings "Vámonos" To The 2018 ALMA Awards". idolator. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  25. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8484842/ally-brooke-cover-wham-last-christmas
  26. ^ "Ally Brooke Prepping 'Finding Your Harmony' Memoir". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  27. ^ "Ally Brooke Announces 'Finding Your Harmony' Memoir". PopCrush. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  28. ^ "DoSomething.org and Fifth Harmony Join Forces for the #ImABoss Campaign". PR Newswire. July 8, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  29. ^ "Fifth Harmony Makes Their Third Visit To Seacrest Studios!". RYAN SEACREST FOUNDATION. August 8, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  30. ^ "I just signed the pledge to adopt my next pet!". ASPCA. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  31. ^ "Singer Ally Brooke Of Fifth Harmony Helps Lead Nationwide March For Babies". March of Dimes. April 18, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  32. ^ Saldana, Hector (December 24, 2016). "Fifth Harmony singer in town for toy drive, meet 'n' greet". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  33. ^ a b "Ally Brooke – Chart history (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  34. ^ "austriancharts.at – Discographie Ally Brooke". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  35. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ally Brooke". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  36. ^ "Perfect - Single by Topic & Ally Brooke". iTunes. January 26, 2018.
  37. ^ "Vámonos - Single by Kris Kross Amsterdam, Ally Brooke & Messiah". iTunes. November 23, 2018.
  38. ^ "Look At Us Now (feat. Ally Brooke & A$AP Ferg) - Single by Lost Kings". iTunes. June 9, 2017.
  39. ^ "Last Christmas - Single by Ally Brooke". iTunes. November 16, 2018.
  40. ^ Milman, Lilly (August 3, 2018). "'Sugar' Trailer: Watch Maroon 5, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth and More Surprise the 'Most-Deserving Fans'". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  41. ^ "Finding Your Harmony - Ally Brooke - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  42. ^ "Jay Kay and Top Songwriters Honored at 2017 BMI London Awards". BMI. October 9, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  43. ^ "Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards". BMI. May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  44. ^ "Selena Gomez and Cardi B lead second wave of Teen Choice Awards music nominees". ABC News. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.

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