Cameroonian-born Andy Allo is a singer-songwriter whose profile seems to keep growing, combining elements of soul, rock and much more. She first made a wave with her independently released 2009 debut album, Unfresh, a disc that showed her to be a powerful, eclectic artist with her own sense of purpose. The album showed elements of her influences, ranging from Erkyah Badu to Lauren Hill to Nina Simone -- as well as her mother, a piano teacher who trained her daughter beginning at age seven.
Allo's striking appearance won for her a more visual fame, too, as she became a regular actress in national commercials for companies such as Kohl's, an appearance on BET's The Game, and a hosting role on G4's Attack of the Show.
Allo's reputation as a musician led her in 2011 to a role as a singer and guitarist in Prince's New Power Generation. During the NPG tour, Allo began writing with the Purple One, with the two collaborating on three songs, "Superconductor", "The Calm" and "Long Gone," which are slated to appear on Allo's sophomore album. Said Allo, "Collaborating with Prince was such a blessing. He created an environment that was open to any and all ideas. It was really exciting to bring him an acoustic song, which is how most of my songs began, and to see him turn them into these epic masterpieces.”
The upcoming disc also includes other notable musicians, including Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty. The first single, "Superconductor," was released to radio in October 2012.
By Chris Rizik