Allison Gray

Allison Gray

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

America's answer to UK pop/soul/singer songwriter greats such as Adele, James Morrison, Duffy, Natasha Beddingfield, Joss Stone and Jessie J.

Biography

Allison Gray's music has been classified as pop, folk, adult contemporary, soul, singer songwriter, and almost everything in bewtween. But listeners and reviewers agree that her music is both appealing and addicting. If you look around at the crowd during her live shows, you will see fans from all walks of life spanning a 30 year age range. Her soaring melodies, dynamic vocals, and honest lyrics have garnered her an evergrowing internet following, and her local fans are the most loyal you will find.

Like many artists, Allison came from humble beginnings. She was raised in Seattle by a single mother who encouraged her passion for the arts. Gray began studying piano at age 3 and was classically trained in ballet, opera and jazz. After singing the national anthem for the Oakland A's she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Though a career in opera seemed the obvious choice, she often found more fulfillment in her songwriting. After graduating high school, she moved to California to pursue a career in mainstream music. After a string of development deals and independent record deals fell through, Allison teamed up with producer Mark Jordan in 2010 to release her debut EP Off My Mind. Listeners were quick to respond, and praised her for her original style. While drawing from her classical roots, she also took inlfuence from timeless greats such as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Freddie Mercury, and The Beatles. Her voice has been compared to Amy Lee, Tori Amos, Pink, Joss Stone, Natasha Beddingfield and Kelly Clarkson.

Gray's music has been featured on Michael Buckley's "What the Buck", Lifetime, MTV, NBC, Kia Motors Advertisements, and the Canadian based reality series The Ave, which follows internet celebrity Gregory Gorqeous. Her songwriting has earned top honors in the Great American Songwriting Contest, the 100% Music Songwriting Contest, The Malibu Music Awards, and Maurice's Small Town Sound Band Search. She has also been honored by California State Northridge as one of their artists of the year.

She is currently in the studio recording her new album Barricades, which will be released in Summer 2012.

Lyrics

Break Me

Written By: Allison Gray

Oh you had me from the start, with one look you cut right through my heart
I know you didn't realize, cause I'm good and I know how to hide

You say I'm so strong that I'm like steel, cause I've been fighting so long, but these wounds won't heal
I need you to take care, I need you to be kind, cause when it comes to you, you may be surprised

That I am fragile, and I am weak
If you wanted to you could break me
Cause I am fragile and I am weak
And if you wanted to you could break me

When you look me in the eye, you've got me frozen, it's like I'm paralyzed
I've always been so good with words
But you get me, you hit me where it hurts

You say I'm so strong that I'm like steel, cause I've been fighting so long, but these wounds won't heal
I need you to take care, I need you to be kind, cause when it comes to you, you may be surprised

That I am fragile, and I am weak
If you wanted to you could break me
Cause I am fragile and I am weak
And if you wanted to you could break me

Cause I am fragile and I am weak
And if you wanted to you could break me
Cause I am fragile and I am weak
And if you wanted to you could break me
Oh if you wanted to you could break me

Be Bad

Written By: Allison Gray

I don't understand it, no it doesn't make sense
Why's he calling you, when he's got a girlfriend
Now some may say it's cheating, well whatever it is
I don't care what he says, you're better than this

Cause a guy like him is a dime a dozen, always wanting more, satisfied with nothing
Give him an inch and he'll take a mile,
But you will be the one to cry

Cause you just make the good boys wanna be bad
You bring out the worst side of the best guys
Oh you make them reach for, what they can't have
You just make the good boys wanna be bad

Now don't misunderstand me, I know how you feel
He's got you so confused, you think his love is real
Now tell me if he leaves her, and all your dreams come true
What makes you think he won't do the same thing to you

Cause a guy like him is a dime a dozen, always wanting more, satisfied with nothing
Give him an inch and he'll take a mile,
But you will be the one to cry

Cause you just make the good boys wanna be bad
You bring out the worst side of the best guys
Oh you make them reach for, what they can't have
You just make the good boys wanna be bad

And you can't say that I didn't warn you girl
Cause I've been there before and it always ends the same way
I know it's hard, but you've gotta see the truth
Cause when you play this game, you're gonna lose

Cause a guy like him is a dime a dozen, always wanting more, satisfied with nothing
Give him an inch and he'll take a mile,
But you will be the one to cry

Cause you just make the good boys wanna be bad
You bring out the worst side of the best guys
Oh you make them reach for, what they can't have
You just make the good boys wanna be bad

Change

Written By: Allison Gray

Why do we keep going round in circles, it's driving me crazy
You scream at me calling me names then you turn around calling me baby

I know it's confusing and it's such a shame
We keep on losing it's more than a game
What are we doing and what can we say
We can't start over with so much at stake

And all I ever wanted was someone to tell me everything would be alright
I'm running out of reasons to stay and it kills me to have to say goodbye
I can't live in the past holding onto things that have all slipped away
Now I've gotta let go of what could have been
This time I need a change

Why do we do all these things to each other it's getting worse lately
And even with each passing day I can feel it, you're starting to hate me

I know it's confusing and it's such a shame
We keep on losing it's more than a game
What are we doing and what can we say
We can't start over with so much at stake

And all I ever wanted was someone to tell me everything would be alright
I'm running out of reasons to stay and it kills me to have to say goodbye
I can't live in the past holding onto things that have all slipped away
Now I've gotta let go of what could have been
This time I need a change

I'm done with all the lies, something's gotta give
And I'm not gonna cry, I'll get over it

Cause all I ever wanted was someone to tell me everything would be alright
I'm running out of reasons to stay and it kills me to have to say goodbye
I can't live in the past holding onto things that have all slipped away
Now I've gotta let go of what could have been
This time I need a change
I need a change, oh
I need a change, I need a change

Off My Mind

Written By: Allison Gray

I've gotta get you out of my system, I've gotta get you off of my mind
But how do I move on when no one compares
They only keep me occupied

I've gotta break these chains that bind me, I try to shake them off so desperately
But you pull them tighter, string me along
It's sad but I'm so gone

How do you do it, live with yourself
And all of these games you play
I should have seen through it right from the start
But I chose to give it all away

And now I'm sitting here broken hearted,
Won't you come and give me a break
Cause I've been waiting for so long
For someone to rescue me
And if you continue to pull my heart strings
I don't think that I could survive
So I've gotta get you out of my system
I've gotta get you, off of my mind

I've gotta find a new resolution,
I've gotta clear some space in my heart
Cause you drilled right through me, straight to the core
But I keep coming back for more

Oh, and how do you do it, live with yourself
And all of these games you play
I should have seen through it, right from the start
But I chose to give it all away

And now I'm, sitting here broken hearted
Won't you come and give me a break
Cause I've been waiting for so long
For someone to rescue me
And if you continue to pull my heart strings
I don't think that I could survive
So I've gotta get you out of my system
I've gotta get you off of my mind

So give me the key, unlock these chains you've wrapped me in
Cause they're weighing me down
Set me free, let me go
Cause I wanna forget that I ever knew your name
And I wanna erase all the memories,but mostly all the pain
Oh how you haunt me, let me go

Cause I've been sitting here broken hearted
Won't you come and give me a break
Cause I've been waiting for so long
For someone to rescue me
And if you continue to pull my heart strings
I don't think that I could survive
So I've gotta get you out of my system
I've gotta get you off of my mind

Best Love

Written By: Allison Gray

You had it made, then I came along
And put your defenses to the test
When you started to cave, you started to feel lost, Cause you knew that she still had your best

Cause the grass is always greener, and it's so much better to love from afar, the light is easier to bear when you shield your eyes

But I, I left my armour at the door, I couldn't move on without shedding my skin, I played your tug of war for so long, but you wouldn't let me in
Someday you'll realize you wasted so much time, when you could have had the best love
You could have had the best love

Always chasing a dream, that you wanted so bad to forget, but you kept on hanging on
And no matter how I tried, it seemed that I could never compare, and I was obsessed with what went wrong

Cause the grass is always greener, and it's so much better to love from afar, the light is easier to bear when you shield your eyes

But I, I left my armour at the door, I couldn't move on without shedding my skin, I played your tug of war for so long, but you wouldn't let me in
Someday you'll realize you wasted so much time, when you could have had the best love
You could have had the best love

Cause the grass is always greener, and it's so much better to love from afar, the light is easier to bear when you shield your eyes

But I, I left my armour at the door, I couldn't move on without shedding my skin, I played your tug of war for so long, but you wouldn't let me in
Someday you'll realize you wasted so much time, when you could have had the best love
You could have had the best love

Time Goes By

Written By: Allison Gray

We try to out run the clock and look where we end up
We're going two steps forward and way too many back
But we add to the list cause all dreams they come true
Until they crumble down, when we can't pick up the slack

And time goes by, until eventually
We get tired of going the same way we're desperate to escape
And I've been caught inside this reverie
When my steps get heavier, you hold out your hand to me
And we try try, we try to get away
And we try try, we try to get away

So we pick up the pieces reshuffle our cards
And try to resuscitate the beating of our hearts
Ans the warmth that we felt this passion for living life
A distant memory, until I look into your eyes

And time goes by, until eventually
We get tired of going the same way we're desperate to escape
And I've been caught inside this reverie
When my steps get heavier, you hold out your hand to me
And we try try, we try to get away
And we try try, we try to get away

And time goes by, until eventually
We get tired of going the same way we're desperate to escape
And I've been caught inside this reverie
When my steps get heavier, you hold out your hand to me
And we try try, we try to get away
And we try try, we try to get away

Time goes by, time goes by
Time goes by, time goes by

Discography

Off My Mind EP released August 4th 2010.

Set List

Sets can be either 30 minutes to 1 hour. The song list is usually as follows:

Be Bad
Best Love
Break Me
Change
Off My Mind
Ours

For a 1 hour set we include covers ranging from Thank You by Alanis Morissette, Breakeven by The Script, Icebox by Omarion, and Sway by Bic Runga. Other originals are also included.