Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Armstrong.
Allie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My music journey began at a young age through my grandfather. He made his living as a piano player and Steinway salesman in Mississippi before moving his family to Texas. My uncle (his son) is a band-director at Waxahachie High School and a talented multi-instrumentalist. Our family gatherings were always very musical.
After expressing interest, I began to study classical piano at age six and continued for six years. I was a choir and theater kid in middle and high school and took vocal lessons all throughout high school. Come junior year I made up my mind I wanted to study theater in college, so I prepped and auditioned for schools, and eventually settled on NYU Tisch School of the Arts. I attended NYU under the Playwrights Horizons Theater School for two years, but began to miss music (my studio focused only on acting), and often spent my time in the basement practice rooms playing piano instead of prepping for studio. I eventually discontinued my studies at NYU but continued to live in NYC for a period of time, working odd jobs and gigging around the city before transferring to Berklee College of Music.
At Berklee, I studied vocal performance and songwriting, participated in jazz and country ensembles, sang in improvisatory workshops hosted by my voice teacher, and sang with some amazing musicians I’m also lucky to call friends. In 2015, I moved back to Brooklyn for some time, and ended up meeting and living in a house where audio/visual collective Mason Jar Music was based out of. Three years later and I found myself back in Brooklyn making a record with them, a debut EP. I’ve been working with a producer named Jeremy McDonald, and we’re now pretty close to finishing things up. If you want to track my musical journey and learn more about Mason Jar, check out the links below!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No…I feel I’ve gotten lucky a number of times, but creating a sustainable pathway as a singer-songwriter is difficult.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Oh hm, I don’t think I’d change anything life-path wise, but I’d try to go easier on myself along the way.
- Website: alliearmstrongmusic.com, http://masonjarmusic.com/
- Instagram: instagram.com/meowsparklemeowmeow
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