#OfficialMusicVideo: Andy Allo – “Tongue Tied”

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#Growns check out the official video for Andy Allo’s “Tongue Tied”. The music and visual have a very feel good Summer feel that has the ability to lift any mood. Hit us up and let us know what you think and remember to share this with your folks who could use some sunshine.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

GFM’s Music Review: Andy Allo’s Superconductor Drum Majors a Symphonic Masterpiece!

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After donning the stage with his Royal Badness on the “Welcome to America” tour, there has been a stirring curiosity surrounding the Cameroonian-born guitarist and vocalist, Andy Allo. While some may be familiar with her face from television series like The Game and her 2009 debut album, Unfresh, Allo’s sophomore project, Superconductor not only grabs your attention but creates a remarkable declaration of her talent and individuality as a musician and songwriter. Without question, Superconductor is brilliantly styled in the garments of funk, soul and R&B with a fusion of vulnerability, sensuality and thoughtful inspiration. Continue reading “GFM’s Music Review: Andy Allo’s Superconductor Drum Majors a Symphonic Masterpiece!”

Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.

New Prince Video: “Rock & Roll Love Affair”

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Yes, it has happened, family!!! Prince, lovingly known as the “Purple Yoda” here at GFM, has released a new single from his treasured vault!!! In first listening to this new cut, Rock & Roll Love Affair, I can musically sense the faint aroma of his classic Purple Rain track, Take Me With You. While this song contains the customary Minneapolis sound, it seems to have an old school blues/rock & roll feel that could easily fit within the repertoire of Chuck Berry or Etta James which I enjoy. Another thing that stands out is Prince’s classic art of lyrical storytelling.  Knowing Prince’s thoughtful attraction to symbolically coloring a story at time, I wonder if the storyline is truly a theme of two people destined for each other or whether he’s portraying a personification of the “fantasy land of fame” and the “steady heart of rock & roll, jazz, blues and soul”. What’s great about Prince, as all great artists, is his ability to create conversation through the music even in its most simplistic appearance. Tell us your thoughts.

Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.

[New Video] Andy Allo Ain’t No “People Pleaser”

After watching the official video of Prince’s latest protégé, Andy Allo all I could say is, WHOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA, this industry ain’t ready for no chick like dis!!!! This is the kind of introduction that will make you say, “who is DAT, where is she playing and when is the album coming out!?!?!?”  I love artists who are unapologetic in being themselves and with the single, People Pleaser, from her upcoming album Superconductor, Andy proves she’s the least bit repentant. In an industry filled with synthetic music, synthetic images and synthetic artists, the combination of NPG instrumentation, Andy’s enticing subtlety, Prince’s Midas touch and a massive funk/soul track all had me doing the “big mama church revival run”!!! If you don’t agree with me on this, auto-tunes has affected your taste more than you thought and you’ll need to reset your idea of excellence!

For more Allo, be on the lookout for her second album, Superconductor, November 20th!! Matter of fact, I’m just gonna get the single on Amazon right now! 🙂

Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.