After recently placing in the top ten semifinalists in the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition and just releasing her EP, Lady Bird, which was described as the most refined offering in the genre yet from All About Jazz, Alyssa Allgood continues to sing to excited audiences with her clear voice, defining a beautiful feel for true jazz.
Alyssa has received several other jazz awards including the Best Collegiate Vocal Jazz Soloist of 2014 in DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards as well as being selected as one of the top 40 semifinalists in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and wining the People’s Choice Award in the 2015 Jazz Improvisation Contest held by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago. But how did this astounding career and unique talent begin for Alyssa Allgood?
“I grew up singing and began taking voice at North Central Jazz Camp at the age of twelve, again being recommended by a teacher to pursue my talent.” From there, Alyssa became a staff member at the camp and everything evolved where she was exposed to high quality jazz. Above all, she wanted to learn and was truly motivated to perfect her talent but also watched and listened to the encouraging sounds of teachers and well-established musicians. It was Alyssa’s senior year of college when she was recognized in Downbeat Magazine which reminded her that a career in vocal jazz was not only a personal passion that she could not give up but moved her one step closer to offering paying audiences a repertoire of vocal arrangements.
On Friday, November 20th at 7;30 pm, Alyssa Allgood will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Downers Grove in an Art & Soul Concert with a reception to follow. For those that are interested in building a successful career path in the world of art and music, it may be a wonderful evening to listen to her amazing voice and learn more about her music career. Donations of ten dollars are suggested.
Alyssa maintains an active performance schedule in the Chicago land area and she has performed at a number of venues including the Jazz Showcase, Fitzgerald’s, Merrimans’ Playhouse, Jerry’s, Pete Miller’s and The House Pub. She has also appeared as a special guest with groups at Andy’s Jazz Club and The Taste of Chicago.
What ever talent you are trying to build into the next career step, it is important to watch and listen, as Alyssa has suggested. Pay close attention to those that truly care about building your abilities. Time and time again, the greats have commented that it was that voice teacher or choir director that moved them in the right direction for utilizing their talent and creating a legacy. Look at your own resources. If that mentor, friend or high school counselor says that you might be really successful at a profession, maybe it is time to make that decision and take the next step.