Despite being the daughter of one of country music’s legends Garth Brooks, Allie Colleen is determined to go it alone and let her raw talent do the talking for her. Her latest single, ‘Feels Like’ showcases her songwriting skills at their very best as she tries to pour her heart out in a unique love song. Not just an artist, Colleen has received the stamp of approval from her peers as a few songs of hers have been cut by someone else. Destined for a life in the spotlight though, she talks me through where it all began.
“There really wasn’t that moment for me, in the sense of there wasn’t really a time that was not the case,” she begins as I ask her when she first knew she wanted to be a musician. “I cannot remember a time in my life at all, where I was not going to be doing what I’m doing today. I just I got the bug really, really young. I have loved singing for as long as I can remember. And I love stories and I love songwriting.”
Despite growing up in the country music world, Colleen was exposed to lots of different music. “Both my parents loved the complete opposite side of music. So my dad would play kind of like older rock stuff, like we listened to a lot of like Elton John, and Kiss or if we listened to country music, it was probably James Taylor and like Randy Travis, and then my mum, had a really big influence on me, song wise, and music wise, she was a big Cher fan, Michael Jackson and Annie Lennox.”
From an early age, she began crafting her own songs on a little cassette recorder given to her by her mum and dad. “I would just sit and record like little songs on it all day long. And the very first song that I remember writing on guitar was kind of a big deal for me. So it’s called, ‘Sweet Melodies’. And I can still play it today. My best friend always asks for it because we were together at the time that I wrote it. I used to write songs all the time as a kid. But it wasn’t until I learned how to play guitar that I really considered it like a song.”
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