Brooke in 2017
Allyson Brooke Hernandez
July 7, 1993
|Other names||Ally Hernandez|
|Associated acts||Fifth Harmony|
Allyson Brooke Hernandez (born July 7, 1993) is an American singer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. Brooke began to establish herself in 2017 as a solo artist, featuring on Lost Kings' "Look at Us Now" with rapper ASAP Ferg. She released the single "Perfect" with DJ Topic in January 2018. In March 2018, she sang a medley of songs from Oscar-winning films at the red carpet pre-show of the 90th Academy Awards. Following Fifth Harmony's indefinite hiatus, Brooke signed a record deal with Atlantic. She released "Vámonos", with Kris Kross Amsterdam and Messiah, in November 2018.
In January 2019, Brooke released "Low Key" featuring Tyga, as her official debut single. She competed in season 28 of Dancing with the Stars, placing third alongside her partner Sasha Farber. Her book Finding Your Harmony was released in October 2020.
Allyson Brooke Hernandez was born on July 7, 1993 in San Antonio, Texas, where she was raised by parents Jerry Hernandez and Patricia Castillo. She has an older brother. Brooke was a 14-week-premature baby, weighing in at one pound and fourteen ounces when she was born. She is of Mexican descent. Brooke did not grow up speaking Spanish, stating that her parents made the decision to prevent her from being discriminated against in school. Brooke said she currently has a Spanish tutor. Brooke attended Cornerstone Christian Elementary School in San Antonio, and completed her high school education through home-schooling.
The X Factor and Fifth Harmony
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. For her bootcamp round she sang against Julia 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. The group advanced to the live shows and managed to finish in third place. Her grandfather died during the 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. 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.
2017–present: Solo projects, Finding Your Harmony memoir and upcoming debut album
Brooke's first solo project was a feat 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. In July 2017, she was set to perform a solo show in São Paulo, but the show was cancelled. Brooke joined Plácido Domingo to sing two songs on January 24, 2018 at the Convention Center's Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Brooke collaborated with German DJ Topic for the song "Perfect", released on January 26, 2018 along with its music video. She performed the song during an episode of Wild 'n Out in March 2018.
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. In March 2018, she sang 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. On March 12, 2018, Brooke signed with Maverick Entertainment as a solo artist. She appeared in an episode of season 2 of Famous in Love as herself.
In April 2018, Brooke confirmed she is working on her debut solo studio album, with producers 1500 or Nothin'. 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. She debuted a new, Spanish-language song called "Vámonos" at the Fusion Festival in Liverpool, England on September 2, 2018. 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. Brooke released a cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham! on November 16, 2018, and performed it at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She then announced her memoir, Finding Your Harmony, which was set to hit bookshelves in April 2019. On December 21, 2018, Brooke released a song called "The Truth Is In There", written by Diane Warren, as part of Weight Watchers International's Wellness That Works campaign.
"Low Key", Brooke's official debut solo single from her upcoming debut album, was released on January 31, 2019. In July 2019, Brooke said the goal was to release her debut album in spring of 2020. In May 2019, Brooke released the single "Lips Don't Lie" featuring rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
In September 2019, Brooke performed the opening theme song to Nickelodeon's The Casagrandes, a spin-off of The Loud House. She released the song and music video for the single "Higher" with Matoma in September 2019. From September to November 2019, Brooke competed on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars, finishing in third place. Brooke danced to her own song "Higher" while on Dancing with the Stars, where she received her first perfect score from the judges. In November, Brooke released the single "No Good". On December 8, 2019, she opened the Miss Universe beauty pageant, performing a medley of her singles and a Selena tribute with "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You".
In January 2020, she announced her Time To Shine Tour on social media with shows in North America, which kicked off on March 6, 2020 in Chicago, IL at the House of Blues. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was cancelled until further notice.
In May 2020, Brooke revealed the cover of her upcoming memoir, Finding Your Harmony. The book was released on October 13, 2020. The memoir covers aspects of her life, including her childhood and her rise as a solo artist. In August 2020, Brooke stated she wants to release an album in the future but is taking her time, and that it could be released in 2021. Brooke was cast in the upcoming film High Expectations, playing the role of "Sofia".
With Fifth Harmony, Brooke was involved with charities DoSomething.org and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. She has also participated in activities by the ASPCA. Brooke is the Celebrity Ambassador for March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization working to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. In December 2016, she took part in a toy drive in her hometown, San Antonio, benefiting children at local hospitals.
|2012–2013||The X Factor U.S.||Herself||22 episodes (2012)|
Guest: 1 episode (2013)
|2014||Faking It||Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"|
|2015||Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse||Episode: "Sisters' Fun Day"|
|2015||Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live||Concert film|
|2016||The Ride||Episode: "Fifth Harmony"|
|2018||Lip Sync Battle||Episode: "Fifth Harmony"|
|2018||Wild 'n Out||Episode: "International Women's Day Special"|
|2018||Famous in Love||Episode: "Totes on a Scandal"|
|2019||Ridiculousness||Episode: "Ally Brooke"|
|2019||Dancing with the Stars||Contestant (season 28)|
|2020||The Casagrandes||Alisa (voice)||Episode: "V.I.Peeved" / Also sings series theme song|
|2020||Blue's Clues & You!||Herself||Episode: "Bluestock"|
|2020||Nickelodeon's Unfiltered||Herself||Episode: "Honey Bears Chew Gumballs!"|
|2021||High Expectations||Sofia||Main Role|
Awards and nominations
|Award||Year[A]||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Category||Result||Ref.|
|BMI London Awards||2017||"All in My Head (Flex)" [a]||Winning Song||Won|||
|BMI Pop Awards||2018||"All in My Head (Flex)" [b]||Winning Song||Won|||
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||2019||Herself||Best Solo Breakout||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||2018||"Perfect" (with Topic)||Choice Song: Electronic/Dance||Nominated|||
- Time to Shine Tour (2020) *Cancelled*
- Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
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