My name is Aimee Allen. I was born to sing and write songs. I wrote my first song when I was eight years old. I wasn’t interested in school, and I didn’t particularly care about making friends. When a teacher was giving a lecture, I would write very detailed notes—not to pass their tests, but to try and unearth a great lyric. I only cared about bringing songs to the world; everything else was irrelevant. I felt very alone growing up in Catholic school so I created a rad crew of friends that I listened to during lunch or after school. My best friends were Bob Marley, Ani DiFranco, Tom Waits, the Violent Femmes, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Bad Religion, Bad Brains, Joan Jett, Jeff Buckley, NWA and Rage against the Machine. I had many more friends—then and now, of course—but this was my main crew. I’ve gotta give respect to the ones who got me through such dark days. They understood what I was going through in a way no one I was going to school with ever could. My greatest hope is that I can repay that favor for others.
I only enrolled in college because it was required to get a DJ job at their radio station. I wanted to play songs over the air for the world to hear at 4 a.m., so that whoever was listening would feel at peace knowing that somebody out there understood them—that somebody got their pain and loneliness… and above all, got their insomnia. I absorbed English, history and chemistry, taking notes on the Civil War, the vast space within an atom and the insanity of the Federal Reserve—not so I could get A’s, but so I could sing about it all. I studied religion fiercely, not for a good GPA or to make my parents proud, but to seek out its often inherent corruption and expose it through music. Everything—every step, every action that I have ever taken in my entire life—has been for this purpose: the mission of painting pictures for you. With all of my guts and soul, I breathe pain, love, perfection, imperfection and the shattered fragments of society into songs. Songs that I can give to you. Songs that are yours. Songs that I hope will save your life. Songs that I hope will change your mind. Songs that I hope will help you remember that you are good enough, that you are worthy and that you are loved. Most importantly, that you are not alone.
All I’ve ever wanted was to be your best friend when you press play—and through music let you escape from the hell that life can sometimes be. To be the friend that makes you feel a little less crazy when the world just doesn't understand you.
If you want my story... I am a phoenix rising from the ashes on a daily basis. I am Rocky. I am the story of defeat and redemption. I am the story of faith. I am one song at a time, and the silences between them. I am Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the dirty Cinderella. I am a fairy tale and a horror story. But, I am merely one story, one voice, trying to expose both the fraud of the stupid Hollywood ending and the magnetic beauty of it. We all play the villain and the victim—the princess and the guy she’s not in love with. I am all of our stories.
Name dropping makes me feel weird. I know that's what you are supposed to do in a bio to "sell yourself." But I just can't bring myself to do it anymore. It's about the music. If you want to know how I’ve made a living for many years in the industry, the highs and lows, the VIP parties and all of my "famous" connections… Google it. But if you want to know my heart, press play. Love always and forever, Aimee