Raised on a steady diet of classic rock, Allie Farris fell in love with the songs of Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty and more, all who became the primary influence for the songs she writes and performs today — piano driven, melodically soaring, lyrically focused, and emotionally rich.
Forming her first band in her native Dallas at the age of 15, she recorded two albums before graduating and enrolling in the renown jazz studies program at nearby University of North Texas in the fall of 2009. During that time, she was recognized by the Kerrville Folk Festival as both a regional New Folk finalist and winner of the UNT collegiate contest, and by the Wildflower Festival in Richardson as a winner of its performing songwriter contest. In 2010, she moved to Boston to attend the acclaimed Berklee School of Music, but after six months she decided to follow her dream and move to Nashville to pursue a full time career as a songwriter and performer.
With a collection of new songs from her time at Berklee, and a new Nashville friend in producer Rachel Loy, she dedicated herself over the next year to the creation of a new six-song EP, You Make Me Smile, released in May 2012. With the new album in hand, she immediately made her first foray into the nomadic life of touring, including trips to Texas, Oklahoma, and various states throughout the South and Southeast. She has opened shows for Jimmy LaFave and K.C. Clifford, and a series of shows with Seth Glier in Texas and the Northeast.
Her journeys have taken her to such venues as Threadgill’s and Saxon Pub in Austin, Mucky Duck in Houston, The Kessler Theater and Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse in Dallas, Blue Door in Oklahoma City, and with Seth at several prominent New England establishments, including Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.
In February 2013, she was asked to perform at the International Folk Alliance conference in Toronto, her first as an official showcase artist. To top it all off, she’s busy writing songs for her next project, including many with talented co-writers she’s met in Nashville and other stops along the way.