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 27)
Bamenda, Northwest Region, Cameroon
Genres Funk, soul, neo-soul, rhythm and blues, pop
Occupation(s) 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 three records, Unfresh, Superconductor, and Hello, the latter of which was funded through PledgeMusic.[5][6]

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 also went to PNEU school Bamenda, Cameroon. She is the youngest of five siblings.[7] Allo holds dual citizenship in the United States and Cameroon and moved with her sister Suzanne to Sacramento in 2000 at the age of eleven, joining three other siblings.[8] Her Californian-born mother Sue,[9] was forced to move back after suffering chronic fatigue syndrome.[10] Her father Andrew Allo is an ecologist.[10][11]

Allo's US 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.[8] 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.[8]

Career[edit]

Allo's first solo gig was an open mic night in 2008 at the Fox & Goose Public House in downtown Sacramento.[8] In 2009, she released her first independent album, UnFresh, a collection of 12 original songs.[12][13][14] The album's first single, "Dreamland", features the rapper Blu.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17][18]

Superconductor was released on 20 November 2012,[19] and the album debuted at number one on Amazon.com's Soul and R&B charts in France, the United Kingdom and the US[20][21] The album also features musicians Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty.[19]

In October 2014, she released her single "Tongue Tied". Hello was released in April 2015 and was funded through PledgeMusic. In the same year she collaborated with Prince on a covers project.[22]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

UnFresh (2009)

Superconductor (2012)

Hello (2015)

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". Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Andy Allo Bio". Allo Evolution. 
  8. ^ a b c d Towne, Stephanie (August 2012). "A profile of singer-songwriter Andy Allo". sactownmag.com. Sactown Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  9. ^ "San Joaquin County Deaths/Obituaries - C. Norman Adams". recordnet.com. March 11, 1995. Retrieved 2016-05-01. Survivors: wife, Viola Adams of Lodi; children, Christopher Adams and Peggy A. Adams, both of Sacramento, Ted Adams of Galt and Sue G. Allo of Cameroon; and 11 grandchildren. 
  10. ^ a b Darden, Jenee (January 26, 2010). "Cocoa Fly: You Need To Know.... Andy Allo". www.cocoafly.com. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  11. ^ Echenique, Jeannie (September 12, 1979). "Business, pleasure, bring African to Lodi". news.google.com. Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  12. ^ "unFresh". CD Universe. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bounce-Worthy: Andy Allo". www.soulbounce.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "UnFresh". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "iRock Jazz". irockjazz.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  16. ^ "Andy Allo Listening Party, Sun, 9/23 @ Chicago House of Blues w/Special Guests New Power Generation Band". Prince.org. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "[Interview] Andy Allo: Prince's Protégé Comes into Her Own". Ebony. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Andy Allo on New Album and Working with Prince & The New Power Generation". LifeandTimes.com. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Album: Superconductor". princevault.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  20. ^ "Prince Protégé Andy Allo Tops Amazon Charts with Superconductor". www.noise11.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  21. ^ "Andy Allo Tops Amazon Charts with "Superconductor"". www.drfunkenberry.com. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2015-11-12). "Prince: 'Transcendence. That's what you want. When that happens – Oh, boy'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 

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