CanWest News Service writers across Canada
have chosen “the new who’s who” - drawn from the
worlds of music, fine arts, television, and film.
Allison Crowe, a pianist since age five
and a public performer for a decade, emerges among this
select group of fresh talent rising to the top in 2006.
Allison Crowe, tipped as one of the hot
names in music and the arts for 2006, performs in concert.
Photo credit: Ben Strothmann
"Crowe has worked tirelessly over the last two years
since launching her own record label with four albums,
40,000 km on the road, a pile of glowing press, and a
content-packed web site... " says one news-writer.
Allison Crowe is a rare artist. Not only is she earning
acclaim as an original singer-songwriter but she is also
gaining renown for her distinctive, soulful, and moving
interpretations of others' songs. She delights in lending
her voice and piano to the creations of some of the
world’s greatest popular songwriters.
Songs of Leonard Cohen, including Hallelujah, will soon be
inducted into the newly-formed Canadian Songwriters Hall of
Fame. Joni Mitchell, another Canuck, known for her
integrity, will be saluted next month with a special tribute
concert at Carnegie Hall (a benefit for the non-profit Music
for Youth Foundation). John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who
first attracted serious attention from musicologist William
Mann early in the 1960s, are, today, recognized as the
finest songwriting team of the past 50 years. And, for an
up-and-coming generation of songsmiths, Pearl Jam's Eddie
Vedder offers an intense creative release.
Each of these artists is represented in song covers
performed live (in concert and in the studio) by Allison
Crowe ~ appearing online in her website’s “Cinema
Central” ( http://www.allisoncrowe.com/videos.html
In 2006, Crowe will release a new studio album and, again,
make concert appearances across North America and Europe.
Ross Hocker, veteran public broadcaster (and radio host with
NPR affiliate WGTE these past fifteen years), attended one
of the final shows of Allison Crowe’s 2005 concert
calendar. Ross, whose musical taste embraces Thelonious
Monk, Bela Bartok, Charles Gounod and more had this to say
about the experience:
"I saw Allison at Bowling Green State University,
Bowling Green, Ohio on December 6th, 2005. It was the most
honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my
entire life. I have been to hundreds of concerts of all
sorts of music, but nothing like Allison Crowe! She is
fantastico! and so very sweet and marvelous to behold...
Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians
today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit. She also
has a most wonderful humor which envelops her audience.
Thank you for being on this earth, dear Allison Crowe."
Details of Allison Crowe’s 2006 recording and touring
plans will be announced this Spring.