BY BILL HEATH
- What/who inspired you to be a singer?
This is a strange question for me because I have never NOT wanted to sing. I have been singing since I was a baby and besides books, it has been the one and only constant in my life. People talk about the connection and energy from the audience and what that does, and every bit of it is true, but the thing is, when I sing it’s almost selfish because when I let go of all of the expectations, the gig, and the audience, and the stress of being who I am, and just sing, it’s the closest I can come to that the thing that connects us to the Universe.
- Who are your main influences?
Growing up, my dad had a huge (and I mean huge) record collection – everything from The Temptations to Bach and the Beatles – really, everything. I was influenced by ALL of that, but who did I study? Two of my earliest influences were Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin – two of the greatest singers of the 20th (and 21st) centuries, in my opinion. Of course, the Beatles totally informed my love for stacked harmony. Later on, Bonnie Raitt and Tori Amos influenced me, not only by what they did vocally, but their sheer talent as musicians and songwriters. Today I find myself awed by singers like Sting, Alicia Keyes, and Melanie Martinez.
- What would you call your vocal style?
I’d call my style a fusion of a whole lot of musical genres. People say I am a blues singer, but I disagree – that is just what I started out doing when I moved to Greensboro. You’d have to ask someone else what “they” hear because I really don’t know!
- What are your thoughts on the local music scene?
Honestly, I wish the circuit here were better, that musicians, on the whole, were paid better and had more opportunities to play. The scene changed dramatically after 9/11 and music gigs since have become so scarce.
- What are your future plans with your music?
My husband and guitar player Bill Jordan and I are writing more original material, and we are also rehearsing some music with our Teen Divas (Zoë and Zadyn) who are just beginning to realize how incredibly talented they are!
The Allison King Band performs at the Muddy Creek Music Hall @ 8 pm on Saturday, December 10th.