Allison is a seasoned singer who is no stranger to the stage. She has a Masters from Juilliard, continued her education in New York, and toured doing vocals, keyboards, viola/violin with Suzanne Vega, Joe Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Shania Twain, Angelique Kidjo, Jann Arden, Tracy Chapman, Pat Benatar, Ann-Margret and Ronnie Spector. Her recording credits include work with Cyndi Lauper, Jann Arden, Pat Benatar, Joe Jackson, Rachael Sage, Carter Burwell, Angelo Badelmente and Branford Marsalis.
Pretty Colored Lights is a cd of her jazz infused r&b/pop and americana which showcases her eclecticism and virtuosity on the violin, viola, piano, keyboards, guitar, mandolin and lead vocals.
“The music performed live by composer Allison Cornell…cooks in an edgy Western way.” - Village Voice
“Allison Cornell…wowed the audience with her virtuosity and vocal power.” - Boston Globe
“…musically and vocally, highly entertaining to watch – multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Allison Cornell deserves a stage of her own…” - Boston Herald
“Most Notable of all…Allison Cornell, who sang beautifully and played violin, viola, and keyboards.” - Chicago Tribune
“String instrumentalist and background vocalist Allison Cornell…eerily beautiful...” - The Advocate
“Her versatility has made her a hot commodity among many touring acts…” - International Musician