Allison Scola - vocals, piano, clarinet, guitar, Italian tamburrello
After months of working 12 -14 hour days at a top New York advertising agency, songwriter and singer Allison Scola realized that she had missed her true destination by just a few hundred yards: That moment was when she discovered that day in and day out on her way to the office, she had been walking right past the Brill Building, the songwriting headquarters of the 1940s to 1970s. Within hours she quit her job, and since has thrown herself into crafting songs and performing.
Allison’s dedication and talent shows – her 2004 Song Sampler received rave reviews from CollectedSounds.com and Musesmuse.com and landed her a place in the national Chick Singer Night showcase, the On Stage Italian American Artists showcase, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers showcase. In addition, her song “Something Better Waiting” reaped a Finalist Position in the 2005 Hank Williams Songwriting Contest, and “Risking a Fall” won her a 3rd Place prize in the 2005 SolarFest Singer-Songwriter Competition.
In 2006, Scola performed in New York’s Columbus Day Parade, and in 2007 she wooed audiences during her Italian Day pre-game performance at the New York Met’s Shea Stadium and Staten Island Yankees Stadium. In the summer of 2007, her band, Allison Scola Project, was voted a finalist in the CBS News Early Show “Living Room Live! Battle of the Bands Contest.”
Scola creates songs that weave hues of her Italian heritage and fascination with Mediterranean folk culture together with personal accounts of her experience as a modern American artist taking risks in love and life. Her latest album, A Braver Kind, produced by Janie Barnett and engineered and mixed by Jon Gordon, illustrates her power as a songwriter and musician–as confirmed by an Honorable Mention Award in the 2009 Billboard Magazine World Song Competition for her song “My Naked Heart.”
Starting in January 2012, Scola performed alongside her colleagues in Chicks with Dip, a New York City women’s songwriting collective, a group of which she is a founding member, in "Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration." Together with pianist Anna Dagmar, she performed and recorded “This Flight Tonight.” Chicks with Dip’s recording of Joni Mitchell’s landmark album was named as a Best of 2012 Top Ten Albums by WFUV’s John Platt. Chicks with Dip performed "Blue" at numerous venues throughout the northeast and beyond.
In 2013, Scola formed Villa Palagonia with guitarist Joe Ravo. Named for the world-famous, historic palace in Bagheria, Sicily, Villa Palagonia performs eclectic acoustic pop infused with Mediterranean folk–combining the sounds of Scola and Ravo’s American roots with their southern Italian heritages. In February 2015, Villa Palagonia was featured with a one-hour, live broadcast on WFMT Chicago's Folkstage.
With a voice that’s been described by Music-Reviewer.com as “comforting and all-embracing, like being in the presence of your long lost best friend,” Allison transports listeners to a world where hearts are bursting and dreams come true.