Andy Allo

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Andy Allo
Andy Allo performing at Gruenspan, Hamburg
Andy Allo performing at Gruenspan, Hamburg
Background information
Born (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 31)
Bamenda, Northwest Region, Cameroon
OriginSacramento, California, U.S.
GenresFunk, soul, neo-soul, rhythm and blues, pop
Occupation(s)Actress, musician, model, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Associated actsPrince
Websitealloevolution.com

Andy Allo (born 13 January 1989) is a Cameroonian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress.[1] She released her first of three albums in 2009, and joined Prince's band, The New Power Generation, in 2011. She had a recurring role in three episodes of the comedy-drama series The Game in 2011, followed by a number of other roles, including a supporting role in the 2017 film Pitch Perfect 3 and the lead role of Nora in Amazon Prime's series Upload (2020).

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.[2] 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.[3] Her Californian-born mother Sue,[4] was forced to move back after suffering chronic fatigue syndrome.[5] Her father Andrew Allo is an ecologist.[5][6]

Allo's US education began in seventh grade at Arden Middle School in Sacramento, and she graduated in 2006 from El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento. Following high school, Allo attended American River College in northern Sacramento County.[3] 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.[3]

Career[edit]

Allo's first solo gig was an open mic night in 2008 at the Fox & Goose Public House in downtown Sacramento.[3] In 2009, she released her first independent album, UnFresh, a collection of 12 original songs.[7][8] The album's first single, "Dreamland", features the rapper Blu.[9]

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.[10] She began writing with Prince while on tour,[11] collaborating on three songs, "Superconductor", "The Calm" and "Long Gone", which appear on Allo's album, Superconductor.[12][13]

Superconductor was released on 20 November 2012, and the album debuted at number one on Amazon.com's Soul and R&B charts in France, the United Kingdom and the US[14][15] The album also features musicians Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty.[citation needed]. She also appeared in three songs on Prince's 2014 album Art Official Age, in "Breakdown", she sings background vocals, and in both "What It Feels Like" and "Time", she sings co-lead vocals. She would appear again in a Prince album in 2015, when he included "Rocknroll Loveaffair" in Hit n Run Phase Two, and it also includes "Xtralovable", which was originally released in 2011 and included a rap verse by Allo, but it was replaced by a horn section in this version.

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 titled Oui Can Luv.[16]

Allo first appeared on screen in 2011, in three episodes of the comedy-drama series The Game.[17] She has been interviewed on the talk show Attack of the Show!,[18] and performed her music on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[19]

In 2017, she appeared in the film Pitch Perfect 3 as Serenity, a member of the band called Evermoist, alongside Ruby Rose. In 2020, she plays the central role of Nora in Amazon Prime’s Upload.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • UnFresh (2009)
  • Superconductor (2012)
  • Hello (2015)
  • Oui Can Luv (2015)
  • One Step Closer (2017)

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Serenity
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Black Lightning Zoe B. Episode: "The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues"
2020 Chicago Fire Lieutenant Wendy Seager Season 8, Recurring role
2020 Upload Nora Antony Main role

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 Bio". Allo Evolution.
  3. ^ a b c d Towne, Stephanie (August 2012). "A profile of singer-songwriter Andy Allo". sactownmag.com. Sactown Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ "San Joaquin County Deaths/Obituaries - C. Norman Adams". recordnet.com. 11 March 1995. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 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.
  5. ^ a b Darden, Jenee (26 January 2010). "Cocoa Fly: You Need To Know.... Andy Allo". www.cocoafly.com. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  6. ^ Echenique, Jeannie (12 September 1979). "Business, pleasure, bring African to Lodi". news.google.com. Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Bounce-Worthy: Andy Allo". www.soulbounce.com. Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Andy Allo - Unfresh (2009) (Review)". SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  9. ^ "iRock Jazz". irockjazz.com. Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Andy Allo Listening Party, Sun, 9/23 @ Chicago House of Blues w/Special Guests New Power Generation Band". Prince.org. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  11. ^ Ramirez, by Erika (26 March 2013). "Andy Allo Talks Working With Prince, Performs Two Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  12. ^ "[Interview] Andy Allo: Prince's Protégé Comes into Her Own". Ebony. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Andy Allo on New Album and Working with Prince & The New Power Generation". LifeandTimes.com. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Prince Protégé Andy Allo Tops Amazon Charts with Superconductor". www.noise11.com. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Andy Allo Tops Amazon Charts with "Superconductor"". www.drfunkenberry.com. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  16. ^ Petridis, Alexis (12 November 2015). "Prince: 'Transcendence. That's what you want. When that happens – Oh, boy'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Andy Allo – Filmopgraphy". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Full cast crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  19. ^ Chanel, Paris (1 April 2013). "WATCH: Andy Allo Performs "People Pleaser" On Jimmy Kimmel Live". www.thevinylbridge.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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