Alison Crockett is
a Brooklyn based vocalist, pianist and songwriter whose style is
'steeped' in a deep Soul tradition, with generous helpings of Jazz
and Blues. Taking her cue from divas of the past and present such
as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donna Summer, Diana Ross and Sarah Vaughn,
this Brooklyn, New York based singer/songwriter and pianist is destined
Crockett decided early on, that a career in music was to be the
path she would travel. Piano was her first love. "It just called
to me. I still feel like a pianist who sings." However after
winning several local vocal talent showcases during her high school
years, it became quickly apparent that her voice was a rare gift.
Alison honed her vocal skills at Temple University in Philadelphia,
PA and then a masters degree at the prestigious Manhattan School
of Music. As she says, "I set out to be a craftsman; someone
who could mold and shape music like a sculpture." Throughout
her school years, Alison continued to build her reputation and gain
a loyal following by performing regularly with notable local and
national artists in and around her Washington, DC home as well as
in Philadelphia and New York.
While living and performing
in Philly, she met up with dj/producer King Britt (formerly of Digable
Planets) and recorded the now classic, Season's Change for the groundbreaking
Sylk 130 recording, When the Funk Hits the Fan (Ovum/Sony Music).
She was also featured on four other genre bending tracks on the
album including the first single, Gettin' Into It. Billboard loved
her "throaty, diva-styled vocals."
After touring with Sylk
130, Alison relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where she currently resides.
Almost immediately upon her arrival she began working with hip hop/jazz
pioneer Greg Osby at the Knitting Factory for the 1996 What Is Jazz
Festival, and at the Clef Club for 1997's Mellon Jazz Festival.
In 1998, she was invited to participate in the prestigious Thelonius
Monk Institute Jazz Colony in Aspen, CO, where she appeared on the
same stage with jazz luminaries Nnenna Freelon and Herbie Hancock.
After hearing her work,
Geoff Wilkenson , co-founder of the UK based acid jazz outfit Us3
(noted for their 1994 world-wide smash "Flip Fantasia (Biddy
Biddy Bop)" ) became convinced he was hearing a young legend
on the order of his heroes Shirley Bassey, Dianna Washington or
Dianne Reeves. He embarked upon a feverish search to track her down
and request that Alison became Us3's first lead singer. Upon her
acceptance, Alison traveled to London to write and sing on the album
An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place. "I learned a lot about
writing on that record," she says. " Geoff had ideas for
songs that required me to come from certain thematic places that
were not as natural for me. I really enjoyed the challenge and I'm
proud of what I did." The first single, Get Out, immediately
shot to the top 10 within a few weeks of its release in Japan. In
support of the single and the album, Alison toured extensively in
Japan and Europe with the group.
Throughout her time on
the road with Us3, and back in New York, Alison continued to write,
perform and work on a number of interesting musical projects --
always trying to grow, while bringing her unique sound and soulfulness
to each new musical venture; often under the pseudonym Diva Blue.
Almost overwhelmed with creative energy and song ideas, Alison could
hardly wait to begin working on a project that would showcase the
new music she was writing.
Now it's time for the
world to experience Alison's singular vision as a solo soul artist.
She's currently putting the final touches on her first solo recording,
On Becoming a Woman. She describes the songs as a cross between
Jill Scott, Meshell N'degeocello and UK broken beat visionaries
4-Hero, but make no mistake, it's pure Alison Crockett!. Alison
solely composed all of the music and lyrics on the album. Her brother
and business partner, multi-instrumentalist teddycrockett, handled
production. She is also collaborating with dj/producer Landslide
(hospital records UK) and with the up and coming Brooklyn based
drum'n bass producers, Mathmatics adding soul to the UK breakbeat
and drum'n bass scenes. The future indeed looks bright for this