Allison Semmes

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Allison was born into a musical household, listening to jazz, bebop, blues, gospel, world music, classical, and funk at a very young age. She started singing in The Chicago Children’s Choir, church & school choirs. When she realized this was her passion & gift, she decided to study music fully.

She received her B.M. in Opera at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana & immediately after, received her M.M at New York University-Steinhart.

Broadway Credits are Motown the Musical (Diana Ross), Book of Mormon (Nabulungi u/s,Swing).National Tour: Motown the Musical (Diana Ross), The Color Purple (Squeak). Regional: Bubbling Brown Sugar, Dreamgirls, The Wiz. NYU theatre credits include Violet (Landlady,Lula) King David, Candide, and The Gondoliers.

A lover of jazz, soul, and new music, she’s collaborated with composer Ted Hearne in several works, including his acclaimed Katrina Ballads (“Ashley Nelson”) as well as “You’re Causing Quite A Disturbance” with Erykah Badu & Brooklyn Philharmonic.  Her most memorable thus far has been singing with Stevie Wonder in his “Songs in the Key of Life” concert in Toronto.

Broadway, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Gospel, Allison remains the musical chameleon, using music as her universal creative language.