Perry Michael Allen was born in
Memphis U.S.A.,the heartland of Soul.
Allens'new EP "Simple Things"
highlights Pop with new Soul grooves
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When Perry Michael Allen arrived in Italy for the
first time, he was touring as music director for
the legendary superstar soul singer, Al Green.
When they took to the stage at the San Remo Blues
Festival, Allen felt an immediate kinship with the
Italian audience, and since then Allen has called
Italy his home, making an enormous contribution to
the renaissance of soul music in Europe.
A singer, pianist, musical arranger and producer,
the multi-talented Michael Allen was born and
raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the heartland of
soul music. He took the first steps of his
professional musical career in Memphis, working
with the two greatest labels of the R&B / Soul
music genre: Stax Records and Willie Mitchell's HI
Early in his career, he had the unique opportunity
to study the art of record making with some of
Soul and R&B's greatest musicians. Under the wings
of master producer Willie Mitchell and renowned
songwriter David Porter (of "Soul Man" fame),
Allen sharpened his songwriting and producting
skills and later became an artist/writer/arranger
for both Stax and HI.
He has performed, recorded and arranged for the
absolute greatest names in the history
of soul, Including The Sweet Inspirations, Anita
Ward, Wilson Pickett, The Memphis Horns,
Albert King, The Soul Children, The HI Rhythm
Section,Ollie and the
Nightingales,Carla and Rufus Thomas and others.
During his first term at Stax Records, he recorded
the Sweet Inspirations, the legendary backup
singers of Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley, was
songwriter/arranger/vocalist with the Stax group
KILO, and also recorded David Porter's album
"Sweat and Love", accompanying Porter at the
famous WattStax concert which was the subject of
the groundbreaking film of the same name.
In addition to his own records for Stax, HI and
other record companies, Allen penned three hits
for Al Green: "Hanging On", "So Good To Be Here",
and "Soon As I Get Home". Allen also worked as
Green's tour and musical director, appearing with
Green on a host of television programs including
The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Soul Train and
Midnight Special. At HI, Allen also recorded and
arranged for Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles, Detroit
Emerals, Otis Clay and O.V. Wright, to name a
Allen also worked with Fame Records (Muscle
Shoals) and Stax/Fantasy records, coordinated,
directed and performed as key-boardist/vocalist on
Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" tour. Allen later was
called to work as producer/arranger/musician for
Willie Mitchells' new record label "Waylo". For
the Waylo label, he arranged and recorded the
works of Lynn White, Lanier&Co., the European
group Wet Wet Wet (The Memphis Sessions), David
Hudson's album "Night & Day" as well as his own
singles "Music All The Time", "Turn On The Music"
In Italy he has written, produced and recorded his
own work, including the CD "Deep Inside" for Irma
Molto Jazz, and "On The Radio", "Push Push Push"
and other singles for Tabloid/Polygram. His most
recent work is the album "Simple Things", recorded
for his new label Nugen Music.
...................and,the story continues...
2NVR 105.9fm / 2bbb 93.3fm NSW Australia
Author: David McCrory
This disc is a pleasure to play and listen to and
is very popular with listeners
Soundwave FM New Zealand
author: Graham J Barclay...
Hi Perry Many Sincere Thanks for the CD" Simple
Things ". We have enjoyed it immensly, and have
added tracks from it to our playlists. Your
presentation of music, inside the style and
personality reflected in the tracks is very
refreshing. Keep it up. Many thanks again, and
please stay in touch. Kind regards Graham J
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author: Gene Harris, Jr.,MBA President
It has been a while since I was this excited about
a hot new independent project. This gentleman, P.
Michael Allen, was born and raised in Memphis but
now lives in Italy. He put this sweet project
together over there and then sent it home to us to
share with you. We will feature several tunes from
it beginning at Noon (PST) today. I hope you enjoy
it as much as I will enjoy playing them for you
and have a fantastic day. Above all else, stay
strong in the lord, Peace. Sincerely, Gene Harris,
Jr., MBA President