Allyson is definitely a buzzword on the Toronto jazz scene. She has that extra wow factor when she sings, combining a rich sultry voice with outstanding raw talent and a dig- deep interpretive flair that you have to experience to appreciate. A statuesque blonde with small-town charm, Allyson was raised in Chatham Ontario and now calls Toronto her home. Somewhat of a late bloomer, this has proven to be a real plus factor for her style of music. Her depth of feeling, her rich musical vocabulary and her life experiences – all these combine to create the confident, unique style that is Allyson Morris.
Recognized as a truly astonishing talent wherever she performs, she has a rich and sultry voice that perfectly adapts to the rigorous demands of the jazz idiom. At times employing a soulful and robust interpretation, other times a delicate and musically brilliant nuance, Allyson handles the old standards in a new way.
Coupled with her more contemporary material, she delivers a unique sound that will please jazz aficionados everywhere. Well respected in the Canadian jazz world by all those who have played with her, this singer offers up a full plate of carefully-crafted tunes, a small town friendly attitude and a talent that will delight the listener. Allyson has enjoyed performing with many wonderful musicians over the last few years. Some of the notable Juno award-winning artists who have discovered Allyson and performed with her include:
Pianists Bernie Senensky and Bill King; Guitarists Reg Schwager, Ted Quinlan and Bill Bridges; Percussionist Art Alvalos; Drummers Ben Riley and Jorn Andersen; Saxophonists Charlie Huntley and Sean O’Connor; Trumpeter Ray Podhornik.