Allie is an accomplished pianist that plays all genres of music and wants to pursue what God has called her to do – performing. At 18 years old, she has recorded 4 piano solo albums that have been published both physically and digitally. She started her piano journey at 3 years old when she became fascinated with her Grandma’s piano. Allie never banged at the piano or made unpleasant sounds like young kids usually do but moved her fingers naturally on the keys. She began piano lessons at the beginning of 2nd grade, at the age of 7 with Beth Lawrence of Gainesville, GA, after her parents took her Grandma’s advice to wait until she could read to begin lessons.
As soon as she started lessons, she began to develop more interests in music and was quickly excelling. Five years later, in 2012, several family members and friends asked for a recording of Allie playing, this led to recording several songs, which in the end was enough for an entire album, Barefoot Rhapsodies. To everyone’s surprise, people were giving their CD’s to other people so that her gift could be shared with others.
Due to the overwhelming response of Barefoot Rhapsodies, Allie recorded another CD titled Hallelujah at age 13, followed by That Holy Night, a Christmas CD, at the age of 14. She discovered the music of Kyle Landry on the internet through YouTube. She saw and heard in his arrangements that popular songs and movie tracks could be turned into advanced piano arrangements. This motivated her to play as he did and to start arranging and composing. His music showed Allie that advanced piano did not have to be just classical music. Allie was able to contact Kyle and took lessons via Skype during the summer of 2015, which led to personally meeting him and getting to play a duet with him, another milestone in her journey. While staying focused on her purpose, God continued to give Allie exceptional experiences.
Allie’s has been very blessed to meet other arrangers and composers such as David Hicken and Neil Patton. In 2016, David assisted Allie, not only with his songs and arrangements but advised her on what equipment and programs were the best to use. Her mom was most appreciative to David since these new tools eliminated a page turner during performances. The internet has been most valuable to Allie in discovering other pianists such as Dawayne Stamper, Matt Riley, and many other composers and arrangers. Through meeting or emailing these various composers and receiving their answers to questions, it has instilled in Allie to always do the same for other pianists. Gifts from God are to be shared with others. Allie completed her 4th album Open Eyes in 2017 which is a mostly hymn album and she prays it will encourage many people.
Allie continues to take lessons from her teacher, Beth, twice a week studying piano, theory, and composition, and in the fall of 2016 started taking monthly lessons from Dr. Kristian Klefstad at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and in the spring of 2018 started jazz lessons with Dr. Anthony Belfiglio, also of Belmont University. She has attended numerous piano camps along with participating in the National Federation of Music Clubs in piano solo, hymn playing, theory, and original composition categories. In 2018, she was selected for Georgia’s Governors Honors Program in Music.
Besides her musical talents, Allie carries a 4.6 GPA at Georgia Cyber Academy along with a 4.0 GPA from dual enrolling at the local college. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the National Beta Club where she has accumulated numerous hours of community service. After graduation in 2019, she will pursue a Commercial Music degree with an emphasis on Piano Performance and Composition at Belmont University.
Allie has been involved with the music ministry at her home church, First Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA where she plays Gathering Music, Offertory, and plays with the FBC orchestra: Exaltation. She is an active member of the church youth choir: Sonlight, member of the Sonlight High School Ensemble, and member of Sonlight’s Advanced Handbell Ringers. Allie often plays at senior residences, assisted living homes, other churches, and for private parties.
Her main priority in life is to honor God and her Christian beliefs. She feels that God has given her a talent to be shared with others and she wants to use it to honor Him. She loves playing the piano and all styles and genres of music and prays that the Lord will allow her to do it for the rest of her life.
Verse of the Day
“It is not fame that I desire, nor stature in my brother’s eye, I pray it’s said about my life, that I lived more to build Your name than mine.”
~ Kari Jobe ~