Oklahoma-raised country singer Allie Colleen delivers her own mark of authenticity and depth through honest lyrics and soulful vocals. His songs are believable – whether happy, hopeful, angry, or sad – that make listeners feel like they are looking out a window into his heart.
Colleen released her first album, Rocks, on April 9, and a month later – for Mother’s Day (May 9) – she focused on her penultimate track, “Make Me a Man,” featuring it as a single. When the idea for the song hit her, she went to her co-writer, Eric Dodd, and played him a verse and a chorus, but she wanted to make sure he understood how important it was. before writing it.
“Make Me a Man” is dedicated to single parents. This came to him after seeing his mother, Sandy, go through a difficult season; in the song, she asks God to bring someone who ticks all the boxes in her mother’s life.
“It’s not eHarmony for Sandy,” Colleen laughs – her mom is in a happy relationship now. Still, Colleen admits that after performing the tune, she has to warn people not to “DM my mom.”
Colleen, as she points out in an Instagram post, “had the privilege of seeing both of my parents fall in love” after their divorce at the turn of the millennium. She also has a deep love for her “bonus mom,” fellow country artist Trisha Yearwood, who Colleen says “married us all when she married my dad” – that would be country superstar Garth Brooks. (“We’ve all exchanged rings,” she says.)
However, you won’t often hear Colleen bragging about their names. She learned early on – long before her professional music career took shape – that she didn’t want to settle for family accolades.
“I can sum it up in a story: I went to a small Christian school in Oklahoma, and in eighth grade, I sang in a chapel. A girl in my class asked about the song, and I did. said I wanted to be a singer. day. She told me that she too, “recalls Colleen.” After school, in the queue, the girl told her mom she wanted to be a singer like me. Her mom said, ‘Well, Allie has famous parents, so she’s going to be successful, but you don’t, so you never will.
“I’m sure I won’t hear that someone can’t be a singer because they don’t have famous parents.”
Colleen co-wrote all 11 songs from her first record, with the exception of “Blame it on the Weather” – that one she wrote on her own. She admits that even though she thought she was writing it for someone else, the song turned out to be a message to herself.
Colleen’s debut single from Rocks, “Playin ‘House (I Don’t Give a…)”, meanwhile, poses a difficult question in a relationship that is at a crossroads. The bittersweet love song asks a partner to decide if they’re ready to commit or if it’s time to move on: “If the words were water boy I would be drowning now / Boy is this love or are we just playing at home?” she sings.
Then there’s “Don’t Give Your Heart to a Cowboy,” Colleen’s second version of Rocks. It serves as a warning against falling in love with someone who leaves their “Leave boots on your porch.” The narrator delivers this bit of wisdom, however, only after experiencing this particular kind of grief.
Rocks also includes “Pink Lemonade”, a bluesy and alluring song that will make listeners want to dance in slow motion, and “Only Oklahoma”, in which the singer wonders if she made the right decision to leave the Sooner State when she does. did. “Wildflower” is a festive song about a mother giving her daughter the freedom to be herself – and assuring her that she’s meant to be different – while the title song is a message to the haters: They won’t break her .
“When you’re working on a project for so long you have to take the time to live. When you’re so creative you can get your head down and miss some things,” admits Colleen, who says she’s excited for the project. been on the water and finding the time to go out and experience new things now that her album has been released to the world. Yet she will also collect inspiration to get back to writing for a new project.
Before sharing Rocks, Colleen released a few other songs, including “Best Friend” and “Road You Take”, written two years apart, but about the same person. Through her honest performance, listeners hear the singer move from the sting of betrayal to the process of forgiveness.
In the midst of the pandemic, in May 2020, Colleen offered “Close Enough” inspiration. Her lyrical video ends with the message “Be nice. Love eachother. Help whoever you can. Pray for who you can’t. ”
Colleen has an obvious heart for people, both on and off stage. His biggest lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic? “I’ll never take the one person in the crowd for granted,” she said.
Colleen admits she was disappointed if there was a small crowd at one of her shows; now, however, she is grateful for only one person who will listen. After spending 2020 singing on masked faces and via live broadcasts, she is ready to see fan expressions and interact with the people who listen to her music.
She also hopes people get to know her music before they get to a show. “It’s nice to see people upload songs and follow social media after a gig,” says Colleen, “but I think,“ Wouldn’t it be nice if we could experience music together? “”
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