Allison Thrash

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From Dallas, Texas, Allison Thrash is the youngest of three children of Patricia Francis and John Thrash. Both parents loved music and sang throughout Allison’s childhood passing on a deep love of music and a passion for performing. As a child and throughout high school, Allison performed at every chance, either singing in school choirs or providing piano accompaniment for others.

In college, while working toward her B.A. in Philosophy, she ardently studied operatic technique under tenor Joseph Beck. After graduation Allison settled in Houston where music and performing became her driving force, and so it wasn’t long before she was singing professionally and performing regularly with various jazz and big band outfits having mentored with nationally known vocalist and band leader Ray Sullenger.

Later, Allison and her family of four black Labrador retrievers made the journey to her musical Mecca of Austin, TX where they settled on several acres at Lake Travis now fittingly known as “Labrador Hill”. In this serene setting, Allison finds inspiration to spend most time focusing on songwriting and arranging and it was here where Allison’s own publishing company Labrador Hill Music was conceived. While performing other people’s songs and various styles of music from Country to Pop to Soul to Jazz, Allison all the while was honing her own songwriting craft and personal unique style of “sultry” Blues.

In 2004, Allison developed her own label Head On Records and released Talking Thrash, a full-length CD of her own original tunes written in homage to women who love men …a lot. The CD was recorded in Austin and produced by David Breaux and featured various musicians such as Ephraim Owens, Philippe Vieux, Matt Hubbard and David Love contributing their talents. “Woman Enough”, is Allison’s tribute to Billie Holiday and her self-penned tune, “Don’t Explain”, while “Mean Mean Man” was written in an effort to draw attention to the enduring crime of violence against women and children.

Allison’s vocal performance has been described as “…leaving no crumbs on the table.. Her voice has been called “…absolutely sultry…powerful…new, unique and different…S-T-R-O-N-G….”

She was chosen to showcase as a headliner at NXNE’s 2005 Music Conference in Toronto, Canada where she performed to a sell-out crowd.

Today, Allison Thrash and her handpicked band of talented and seasoned Austin Jazz/Blues musicians perform regularly at such noted Austin venues as La Zona Rosa, Broken Spoke, Saxon Pub, 311 Club, and the Historic Victory Grill, as well as the House of Blues in San Antonio and numerous other venues and festivals throughout Texas.

Allison continues to write new material for film and television projects and new material for other artists. She released her four-song EP Brace Yourself during Austin’s 2006 SXSW Festival and plans for an upcoming full-length 2006 studio release are already in the works so stay tuned for more Thrash!

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