Andy Allo is one heck of a gal. Just 25 years old, this native-born Cameroonian is already an established singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, model, and actress – she even performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Not to mention she’s got just about the most amazing hair we’ve ever seen. On anybody. Ever.
Andy is the newest addition to our Musician Coalition, and she’s pledged her support for our life-changing programs. We were lucky enough to get the chance to talk with her about life, music, and her personal connection to Africa.
What is it about our Musician Coalition that got you excited?
AA: Music is a universal language and is something that unites people in an undeniable way. I believe that combining music and an amazing cause can create change in the world on a deep level. Using music to make a difference has been at the core of what I do, so partnering with Invisible Children’s Musician Coalition is a perfect fit.
Where do you derive your inspiration from? What has had the biggest influence on you and your music?
AA: I’m inspired and influenced by my surroundings, smells, feelings, people, or even another song. Everything that’s happened to me in my life and career has influenced me and reinforced my love for being an artist. If I had to choose the one thing that has been my biggest influence, it would be my fans. Without them… well, let’s just say that as much as I enjoy singing for myself, I enjoy singing for them even more.
This is a really exciting time for you right now. Can you tell us about what’s been happening?
AA: It’s very important to have a direct relationship with my fans and an open line of communication, and anything that strengthens that bond is very exciting. That said, I recently launched my fan club called Fronatics, and I’m also starting a pledge music campaign to get my fans involved in the process of my new EP. This is the first time I’m doing this, and my goal is to create a one-of-a-kind experience and connection with the people who make it possible for me to do what I love.
What has been your biggest ‘ah-ha’ moment so far in your career?
AA: There’ve been a lot of those. The most recent one was during my first tour in Japan – seeing the audience sing the words to my songs. I had never been to Japan, and it continues to amaze me how far my music has reached. That kind of experience tells me that I’m on the right path.
What do you want your supporters to know about Invisible Children, and why should they support you and the Musician Coalition?
AA: Invisible Children combines two things I’m very passionate about: Africa and children. I was born and grew up in West Africa, so I have a deep connection to that land, and I believe children are the future. It is important to protect and educate them, especially in a world that harbors so many evils that threaten to strip away their innocence too quickly. However, big or small, we can all play a part in supporting change in the world we live in. I would like everyone’s help to shed some light on the issue of child soldiers. There are many things that need changing in the world, but this is where I will begin.
Join Andy in creating real change by donating to her pledge campaign, which funds her new EP and supports our life-saving programs.
Photo courtesy of Emma Holly Jones.