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Jerry Allen: Buzz about Jerry

New Reviews for 2005

Merry Christmas from Jerry Allen is a creative pop gem, sparkling with contemporary synth treatments of classic carols and one original (the multi-layered "Alleluia"). Allen's effervescent personality pervades the music; his voice is clear, joyful, and emotive as he moves through the material. In his lower register, Allen demonstrates a thrilling richness ("O Holy Night").

The styles shift from song to song, but the overall mood is upbeat. Allen opens with lovely, ethereal harmonic choruses of "Away" on "Away in a Manger." On songs like "Angels We Have Heard on High," Allen applies a funky, rhythmic setting with great percussive effects and fun "Gloria" accents. Other songs, like "What Child Is This?" and "Silent Night," are more reverent in approach. "Joy to the World" employs a gospel-style, pop approach.

The liner notes provide precious little information, so I have to make some guesses regarding the production of this release. I assume that the multiple voices here all belong to Allen through the magic of overdubbing, and that he drives the instrumentation. On occasion, the cascading orchestration washes over the vocal aspects, but that blur is likely intentional.

This talented fellow manages to assemble all the inventive pieces together on Merry Christmas from Jerry Allen to create a lively holiday album. Nice!

--Carol Swanson

CD Reviews

Jerry brings his grace and talent into full gear on this album! His creative arrangements of the classics are a delight! His original, Allelujah, composition is sure to become a classic in the future! Jerry makes one feel as though he is singing just to them, and it is a marvelous listening experience! Grab this CD now, you don't want to miss this chance!
This cd is truly wonderful. Jerry Allen has a unique and beautifully melodic voice that sends tingles up your spine. His compilation of classics mixed with his own modern twist make this one destined to become a tradition in our home as well as yours. Definitely one to enjoy and recommend!
Absolutely wonderful presentation of glorious songs. You are just amazing Jerry Allen. I recommend this CD for anyone's Christmas Tree :)

Jerry Allen in the Newspaper

"...All the performers had formidable cheering sections, but none so formidable as the one for Jerry Allen, 35, of Easton.

Their ''Jer-ry, Jer-ry, Jer-ry'' chant was so loud it was as if an episode of TV's ''Jerry Springer'' had broken out."
LOCAL SINGERS SET TO SHINE IN MUSIKFEST’S ‘STARS OF BETHLEHEM' COMPETITION

BETHLEHEM, PA—A group of the Lehigh Valley’s best vocalists will compete Sunday, June 19 at Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, in ArtsQuest’s “Stars of Bethlehem” talent search competition. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place noon-3 p.m. outdoors in front of the college’s Kopeck Hall.

Twenty-three vocalists will perform Sunday to earn the right to appear as one of five finalists in a showcase set for Aug. 11 at Musikfest’s Americaplatz stage. At that time, one winner will be chosen and receive a grand-prize package featuring $500, a closing-night performance at Musikfest 2005, a guaranteed booking at Musikfest 2006 and a recording package from CMC Sound, 1121 7th St., Catasauqua, Pa.

“We are thrilled with the quality of entries submitted,” said ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks. “This competition showcases the best of the Lehigh Valley’s musical talent and will help the winner take the next big step in his or her career.”

The following individuals will perform Sunday: Jerry Allen, Easton; Ryan Asher, Hellertown; Denise Bergenheimer, Hellertown; Angela Clark, Catasauqua; Cassandra Ciciliot, Neffs; Rachel Dungan, Orefield; Jessie Farrell, Bethlehem; Peggy Gernerd, Oley; Kelly Gooley, Easton; Gabrielle Grube, Easton; Rachel Hill, Fogelsville; Tiffany Ironside, Allentown; Dana Janasek, Walnutport; Erich Jones, Easton; Josiah, Albrightsville; Bobby Krome, Wind Gap; Tim Marchetto, Bethlehem; Jacqueline Phillips, Kelayres; Emily Roller, Phillipsburg, N.J.; Ashley Lauren Smith, Easton; Melissa VanFleet, Bethlehem; Kristen Vogt, Pen Argyl; and Andrew White, Allentown.

ArtQuest’s Stars of Bethlehem competition is sponsored by Northampton Community College, B104, Merge and CMC Sound.

Musikfest, America’s Music Festival, takes place Aug. 5-14 this year. The festival features more than 300 musical performers on 13 indoor and outdoor stages throughout Bethlehem’s historic downtown. In addition, the event showcases a wide variety of food, children’s activities, visual arts and crafts and a closing-night fireworks spectacular. The principal sponsor of the festival is Olympus America Inc.

For more information, visit www.fest.org or call 610-332-FEST (3378).
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Editors Note: If you would like to receive ArtsQuest news releases via e-mail, send a note with your name, address and telephone number to info@fest.org. Please provide the name of the organization you represent so we can determine which mailing list(s) to place you on. AQ presents Musikfest, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and operates the Banana Factory, a community arts center and gallery in Bethlehem, Pa.