RISING STARS: One to Look Out For in 2020 – Allegra

Allegra is THE artist to watch in 2020!

by Christopher Smith

British born singer Allegra has managed, with a little hard work and dedication to make a name for herself in the highly saturated dance pop industry throughout last year and in 2020, and it looks as if she doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. Having released her breakthrough single “All About Us”, a track produced by Scott Stoddart of Dasco as well as the singer herself being managed by Christ Herbert, a mass music mogul and creator of none other than The Spice Girls.

Alongside the esteemed UK music stable Audiofreaks, with a team as strong as this behind a breakout single, it’s no wonder it shot to success on Music Week charts. With a fun loving music video to go hand in hand with the singles youthful sound, it wasn’t only original material Allegra put out last year. Flying out to the States to collaborate with famous internet influencer and music producer Kurt Hugo Schneider, the pair covered two well known songs including Taylor Swift’s “Lover” and Selena Gomez’ “Lose You To Love Me”.

With 76,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and over 150,000 overall streams to date, Allegra has got off to an impressive start. “All About Us” broke into the Billboard Dance Play Chart. The single also sat at No.2 in the Billboard Breakouts section, one place ahead of the Rita Ora, Tiesto and Jonus Blue single. Flying solo once more, Allegra was back to curating some epic cover songs, where she utilised her time out in America to record and shoot content for such covers. From Loud Luxury’s “Body” to Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved”, she proved in 2019 that she is a dynamic artist to be reckoned with, a theme sure to continue this new year with new music soon to surface for this rising star.

For more about Allegra, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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