Long hailed as the Island's next big star, Allison Crowe is poised to make it all come true
The News Bulletin
April 14, 2003
It may be the last chance to see Allison
Crowe perform as an unsigned act.
Long hailed as the next big star to emerge from
Vancouver Island, Crowe and her trio of David Baird Kevin Clevette
will be performing at Dover Bay Secondary in a fund-raiser for MS on
Wednesday (April 16).
After that Crowe will be flying to New York -
tentatively on May 1 - to make all the predictions about her future
success come true.
Last year Crowe came under the management wings
of Jack Ponti, a U.S. music industry veteran for acts including Bon
Jovi, Alice Cooper and most recently multiple Grammy Award-winner
That appears to be paying off - although
Crowe’s manager, Adrian du Plessis, is coy about what’s in store.
Helping the veil of secrecy is the fact that
the major label in the deal has been going through a massive
Du Plessis says the record company wants to deal with its reorganization and announce the new head of its U.S. music division before disclosing the deal with Crowe.
That’s all supposed to be finalized in the
next few weeks.
(As a footnote, Sony Music and its two major
labels, Epic and Columbia, are involved in a major restructuring
expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.)
It all begins with the May 1 flight to New
“And, now, once we go, we’ve no idea when we’ll be back - as pre-production, recording, and showcases/touring are now likely to run consecutively,” du Plessis says.
By contrast, the winter has been a fairly quiet
one for Crowe, with the band having finished a tour of Canada last
August with a performance at the Port Theatre on Nov. 1.
On New Year’s Eve she got her first chance in
about four years to sit back and watch others perform.
Crowe says she’s been working mostly on her
songwriting over the last few months, and has about a dozen new
songs in the works.
But don’t expect to see all those works on
the CD she’ll be recording in New York, Midnight Syren. Most of
the songs from her demo CD Six Songs will be included among the new
“The new ones have come about in the last two
months,” she says. “The older material represents the last four
to five years. With time that material has become more solid.”
Crowe made one special foray into a recording
studio in Victoria just a few weeks ago to put Lisa’s Song to CD.
The song, a tribute to Crowe’s missing friend
Lisa Young, has been distributed by Lisa’s family to help keep the
Nanaimo woman’s memory alive.
“Lisa’s Song was just recorded in the
living room,” Crowe says. “I thought it would be nice to have a
studio version to hand out.
Crowe will also be pitching in for the MS
Society in the Dover Bay concert by donating a share of the
Dover Bay student Robert Spencer says Crowe
makes a great role model for the students.
“She’s local talent that the kids can look
at and see that she went to school here (in Nanaimo). It should give
a big inspiration.”
Supporting the show will be vocalist Val Rowell, pianist Mel Belfontaine and vocal soloist Stephanie McGlenen.