I feel as if I have just found a treasure when I come across great music and thankfully this is happening a lot lately, giving me enough motive and setting the grounds to write more, to cover more of these unknown, underrated musicians. I will be covering all of them – hopefully – in the following days (so stay tuned). Today’s post will be about a tune from Bobbie Allen, who goes by her stage name Young Summer, and it is worth mentioning that she has collaborated with the highly talented Trent Dabbs on this one.
The artist I am covering has something around 6,500 fans on Facebook worldwide at this very moment that I am writing these lines, so let us get down to some details and perhaps give ‘em one more fan. Allen, as you will hear below, has a wonderful and talented voice, but it was not her mere talent but also hard work that made her. It is public knowledge that she is inspired by a number of artists including Michael Jackson, whose album titled “Off The Wall” supposedly gets broken in a cassette player by her at the age of 5 (most probably as a result of listening over and over). We also learn from the SXSW website that her talent did not go unnoticed by one of her teachers at an early phase of her life as an enabler to focus on making music professionally.
That is basically how she got to meet Trent Dabbs in a music festival in 2011 where the two developed a good friendship as well as the collaborative work of “Fever Dream” EP that soon followed. It is also worthy of mention that Dabbs is a highly talented and productive musician, having released a total of 8 albums since 2004 and his songs made it into various popular TV series including Gray’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill, and this number does not even include his collaborative efforts under Ten Out of Tenn - a collective of musicians from Nashville which he is a part of. Hence it becomes very clear, also after being all ears to this track, that the resulting song is probably the best one among others proving that union is indeed strength. This will probably be the case for the near future, as the two share the same record label “Ready Set Records” – probably a good hotspot for experience sharing for Dabbs and his colleagues.
To say that she was probably frustrated by what followed afterwards would be an understatement. The Allen family came under scrutiny by the media in the series of events known as the Petraeus scandal, in which it was discovered that General John Allen, the father of Bobbie Allen had been exchanging “inappropriate” messages with Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite and a friend of General Allen and Petraeus. The investigation resulted in Petraeus resigning from his post and General Allen getting cleared of all allegations.
It is too early to predict a worldwide fame for her extremely flexible, dreamy, tender and equally powerful voice, however having been active since 2012 she has released one EP and a couple of singles including the amazing Taken already. Besides, her cover song of The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” made it to Gray’s Anatomy as a soundtrack. Having said all that, the fans will be expecting a full length album soon. At this point, Allen relieves us by promising a full album coming out this spring. Perhaps she will go solo on this, perhaps collaborating yet again (this seems to be the case) which apparently proved useful before, so just why not.
According to the American Songwriter website, she has written Waves That Rolled You Under with Dabbs “about missing someone and everything those feelings evoke”. As she calls it, “it all comes from a very sincere and honest place” and I tend to agree with it. “Don’t be so scared of the things you love” it says, as the most striking line. I gotta write that down somewhere in my mind.