Donna Allen

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Donna Allen
OriginKey West, Florida, U.S.
GenresR&B, new jack swing, dance-pop
Associated actsWill to Power

Donna Allen is an American dance-pop singer, born in Key West, Florida, and raised in Tampa. At one point a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, she got her start performing in the bands Hi-Octane, Trama and Maxx. During her tenure with MAXX she was courted by Alan Walden (Capricorn Records/Hustler Productions) before launching a solo career.[1] She also sang backup on tour for Gloria Estefan for nine years.


Allen's first disc was the Lou Pace-produced 1986 album, Perfect Timing, and over the next few years she launched several hits on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart.

She had two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart with "Serious" (1987, #8) and "Joy and Pain" (1989, #10).[2] 1995's "Real", her last US chart hit, was taken from the soundtrack to the Sylvester Stallone film The Specialist.

The UK dance act Strike used her chorus hook line from "Serious", as the basis for their club hit, "U Sure Do" released in 1994.

"He is the Joy" appeared on the Precious soundtrack (2009).

The Voice[edit]

In 2013, she made an attempted comeback by competing in Season 5 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice. On the inaugural day of the season, broadcast on September 23, 2013, she performed Joe Cocker's song "You Are So Beautiful" with two of the four judges, namely Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, hitting their "I Want You" button and turning their chairs. Allen opted to be in Team Adam for the season.[3] During the Battle Rounds, she was defeated by fellow Team Adam teammate Tessanne Chin, the eventual winner of Season 5.

Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "You Are So Beautiful" Joe Cocker September 23, 2013 1.3 Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera turned
Joined Team Adam
Battle Rounds "Next to Me" (vs. Tessanne Chin) Emeli Sandé October 14, 2013 7.5 Defeated



Year Title Label US R&B Chart[4] US Top 200[4]
1986 Perfect Timing 21 Records 33 133
1988 Heaven on Earth Oceana Records 28 -


Year Title Chart positions[5]
US Billboard Hot 100 US R&B US Hot Dance/Club Play US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales UK Singles Chart[2]
1986 "Serious" 21 5 - 17 8
1987 "Satisfied" - 14 33 - 92
1987 "Sweet Somebody" - 55 48 - -
1988 "Heaven on Earth" - 19 - - -
1989 "Can We Talk?" - 43 - - -
1989 "Joy and Pain" - 3 - 25 10
1995 "Real" - - 23 - 34
1997 "Saturday" (East 57th Street featuring Donna Allen) - - - - 29
1999 "He Is the Joy" - - - - -
2010 "He's Got the Power" - - - - -


  1. ^ Biography,
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 20. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Kim MacCormack (September 23, 2013). "Former Bucs cheerleader Donna Allen on 'Voice'". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Billboard,
  5. ^ Billboard Singles.

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