Allison Cipris is a singer/songwriter from New York who delivers her own brand of gritty, melodic country-rock. Allison has shared the stage with national touring artists such as theGin Blossoms, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, Marshall Tucker, and Dustin Lynch and has performed all over the country at stadiums, festival stages and smaller venues alike.
Over the past few years, Allison has emerged on her own as a gifted songwriter and powerhouse performer, carrying on the lineage of dynamic country-rock women like Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, and Jennifer Nettles before her. As the front-woman for popular NY country band, Country Fresh, Allison has a platform where she can work on her stage show and preview some new music for her fans. Allison’s powerfully distinct vocal style has received much attention from critics as well as audience members. Fans have heard Allison’s music on commercial and indie radio as well as Spotify playlists, with supporting interviews on New York stations NYCountry 94.7-FM, WRWD-FM and others.
With a background as a musical theater performer, Allison knows what it means to really put on a show for her audience. Whether she is alone onstage with her guitar or in front of her band, her shows stick with you long after the last encore. She can hush the room with her intimacy, blow out its back wall with raw intensity and break your heart and fix it again, all in one set.
Allison has been awarded recognition from the Songwriters Hall of Fame – New Writersshowcase awards, from ASCAP (ASCAPlus award), American Songwriter
Magazine, Billboard Magazine and international songwriting contests. Allison’s music has also been featured on nationally syndicated and regional radio. She is an affiliated writer with ASCAP, as well as an active member of NSAI and has been recognized numerous times as “one to watch” for her songwriting.
An advocate for all songwriters, Allison is the founder of Sounds in the Round; a showcase for local songwriters in NY/NJ, modeled after traditional Nashville writer’s rounds. Allison is an endorsed artist with Everly music/ Cleartone picks and strings.
Coming off the success of her last single, power anthem “She’s A Queen” (produced by Simon Reid), Allison’s follow-up single “Sunrise Drive” (written with Al Lama, produced by Joey Ebach) was released on September 16, 2022. Allison continues to collaborate with writers and producers both locally and remote.
Six things you may not know about me…
1. I am an only child.
2. My favorite food is egg drop soup.
3. The first rock band I ever sang with was in high school.
Twelve songs that have impacted my life and career…
“Heartbreaker” – Pat Benatar
I have always loved this song. My parents raised me on classic and southern rock, so I grew up listening to her music. Pat is an icon and heavily influenced my stage presence when I first started performing with bands.
“Strong Enough” – Sheryl Crow
Sheryl has always been my musical role model. I love everything she does. I actually taught myself how to play the guitar with a Sheryl Crow songbook and this song was one of the first songs I was able to play.
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt
This one has always been a part of my personal repertoire, even from my theater days. It’s just beautifully written. Bonnie was one of the first country rock artists that I ever listened to at a young age.
“Landslide” – Stevie Nicks
I have always loved listening to this song and now, when I cover it (the Chicks version), it’s my favorite part of my set. It’s such a raw, emotional song and a fantastic vocal showcase.
“Inconsolable” – Jonatha Brooke
This song kills me. When I was first getting out there as a songwriter, I heard this song and it made me realize how powerfully universal a song can be if written a certain way. Jonatha is a brilliant writer and this song especially hit hard when I needed it and it’s still one of my favorites.
“Last Goodbye” – Jeff Buckley
I mean, what can I say? I am drawn to emotional, gorgeous songs and this is the epitome of that. I think this song was on all of the playlists I ever created.
“Like the Way I Do” – Melissa Etheridge
When I first heard this song, I was drawn to her vocal style but as I kept listening, it was a lesson in percussive guitar playing. Melissa’s style has also been a huge influence in my own songwriting and especially my percussive acoustic playing.
“Baby Girl” – Sugarland
This was one of the very first country songs that turned me on to modern country music. This is also one of the songs I like to cover because it takes me back to when I was first getting into country music. Jennifer Nettles is amazing!
“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls
When I was first learning to play guitar, I also had this song on heavy rotation. I still love to play it.
“Ladyfingers” – Luscious Jackson
This is on the soundtrack to my life. When I was younger, I was a bit obsessed with this band and loved that they were an all female group! I think I listened to ‘Electric Honey’ enough to know every lyric and chord change!
“Something to Talk About” – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie again. She’s just so cool. This particular song also helped me tap into the more blues/rock side of country music. I love her whole presence, delivery of this song and how she rocks the guitar better than most men.
“Ordinary Morning” – Sheryl Crow
Yes, Sheryl is here again too…because she is my all time favorite artist. This song knocked me out when I heard it , and it still does, because it was so different from everything else she had put out into the world. It was like she channeled another persona when she sang this one. It made me realize that as an artist, you have the ability to reinvent yourself and not be pigeon holed into one genre or one style of any particular genre. There are many ways to be country or rock or whatever you want. Hearing Sheryl sing this song lit a fire in me to write some edgier songs at that time!