"I love singing for people," says Allison Crowe. "It's a way to connect and share with others. Communication is crucial. Just being able to do what I do, to write and sing and perform, makes me feel not only alive, but incredibly lucky. Knowing at any moment everything could change, I don't take one second for granted."
“Allison sings with such an intensity of emotion, it's easy to see why she's often quoted as saying 'Why music? Why breathing?',” notes culture blog Muruch. “That kind of artistic passion seems extremely rare these days."
Born November 16, 1981 in the harbour city of Nanaimo, BC, Crowe’s home since 2005 is Corner Brook, NL. From the lovely isle of Newfoundland her reach is global.
"Allison Crowe has a voice to fall in love with," explains UK music-trade journal Record of the Day. "She is from Vancouver Island in Canada, descended from Scottish, Irish and Manx stock. She's exactly the sort of artist who can make serious headway on her own label and that's just what she's doing."
Since 2001, Rubenesque Records Ltd., Crowe’s record label, has released a series of recordings, critically and commercially successful, embracing rock, folk & roots, Celtic, jazz, and Broadway amongst a diversity of genres – all in Crowe’s own way: Lisa's Song+ 6 Songs; Tidings; Secrets; Live at Wood Hall; This Little Bird; Little Light; Spiral; Arthur / Up to the Mountain; Tidings Concert; Newfoundland Vinyl; Heavy Graces; Songbook; Souling; Newfoundland Vinyl II; and Sylvan Hour.
Broadcast highlights include a pair of one-hour television specials: “Allison Crowe: Inside Pandora’s Box” and “Tidings” (airing, for years, nationally across Canada).
Headlining concerts, on hundreds of occasions, over a dozen countries – Allison Crowe surprises and delights audiences solo and leading a band - from jazz caverns and grand churches to festival stage honours before Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music.
In 2012, Allison Crowe thrilled with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet singing and playing live-on-stage with dancers for "The Doorway – Scenes from Leonard Cohen".
A musical force more powerful than a locomotive, in 2013 Allison Crowe made tracks for "Man of Steel" - performing "Ring of Fire" in a cameo as ‘Singer in Cassidy's’. “I’m a big Johnny Cash fan. And I’m a big Allison Crowe fan,” reveals “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder. “So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we could make it happen.”
Each Summer from 2012 through 2015 Allison Crowe’s served as Musical Director of the hit stage show “Newfoundland Vinyl”.
"The first thing you notice about Allison Crowe is her voice. Rich and dark, it seems to come from a place most singers can only dream of accessing. Then there are the songs. Filled with raw passion and accompanied by Crowe's eloquent piano playing." Clodagh O'Connell (The Courier, Rolling Stone+) posits: "Elton John meets Edith Piaf".
"Power-house intense" comments an European reviewer, “"the energy of 'Disease' can easily provide electricity to a small country for a decade." This tune and Crowe's wildly exciting performances lead to her being likened to innovative Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky and famed German Liedermacher Konstantin Wecker. “Gänsehaut-Musik” (goose-bump music) Peter Baier calls it in Süddeutsche Zeitung.
"Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit," says Ross Hocker, long-time public broadcaster with NPR affiliate WGTE. Hocker, whose musical taste embraces Thelonious Monk, Bela Bartok and Charles Gounod, calls Allison Crowe's live performance "the most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life."
"Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," says Allison Crowe.
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