"Eighteen-year-old Allison Crowe came on stage with her arms swallowed shyly in a voluminous sweater that hid her hands. She then sat at the piano and proceeded to blast vocals of raw emotional power supported by resonant piano playing. Her singing was further augmented by the skilled work of Dave Baird on bass and Kevin Clevette on drums.
I was astounded by her phenomenal singing range that swept from breathy whispers and lilting warbles to cascade into a soul-clenching roar.
Crowe also displayed an engaging sense of humour and vulnerability between songs that completely charmed the audience. After one upbeat, skip-rope swirly tune that she described as being about 'all the weird stuff that goes around (her) mind all day,' the audience burst into a standing ovation.
Crowe responded by saying, 'Holy, there's sure a lot of you out there.'
If this isn't enough to make you run out to catch her next performance... she also writes her own music with emotionally evocative tones, interesting lyrics and a she shows a broad range of style. She is currently working on writing material for her first CD."
Mitchell Sherrin, The Gulf Islands Driftwood
"Allison Crowe, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist has an alluring voice that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her songs often explore the darkness of life, of dreams and love, with the beauty of existence shining through in her intense vocals."
Lisa Carroll, The Alberni Valley Times
"Crowe is one helluva firecracker... The young artist has tight control of her vocal range, intrinsic soulfulness and an instinct for interpretation and intonation."
Anastacia Wilde, The Gulf Islands Driftwood
"She is a thoughtful song-writer full of contemplation. Allison Crowe, with David Baird on bass, and Kevin Clevette on drums ...bound for the big time."
Bruce Kirkpatrick, CHEK TV/VTV News Hour & Island Places, Island Faces
"That beautiful voice (heard singing, 'On The Air') belongs to an 18-year-old from Nanaimo. Her name is Allison Crowe."
Kathryn Gretsinger, CBC Radio One, Afternoon Show
"Allison Crowe ~ now remember this name ~ opened the show and immediately paralyzed us with her massively rich voice. Barring disaster, (Sarah) McLachlan should be making room at the top for Crowe, and Diana Krall won't be the only singer consistently plunking Nanaimo's name into the limelight."
Gail Sjuberg, The Gulf Islands Driftwood
"Allison Crowe is a 17-year-old 'Jewel' in the making. She is sending shivers up the spine of almost every onlooker. I've never seen talent that has affected me like this before."
Tina Ruotsalainen, veteran Booking Agent, Cosmic Debris Magazine