2016 BMA Nominee For Best New CD by a New Artist
The internationally renowned Slam Allen is a messenger of love. This dynamic entertainer uses the genres of Blues, Soul, R&B, and a touch of Rock and Roll to deliver powerful soul stirring performances! Slam captures you with a voice that echoes Otis Redding, a guitar that immerses you in B. B. King and stage energy reminiscent of James Brown, all while captivating you with his own original music!
Growing up, Slam played drums for the family soul band “The Allen Brothers” and later on, learned guitar from his Dad, Harrison Allen and his Uncle, Cecil Allen. As he progressed in their eyes, the family knew they had a special talent to nurture! Today, with 6 cd's to his credit, Slam Allen crisscrosses the globe playing festivals from Argentina to New York, from Italy to Florida, from Switzerland to Chicago, and beyond.
This gifted musician and entertainer was the lead singer, lead guitarist and band leader for the legendary Grammy-nominated James Cotton. "Playing with Cotton was such a great experience for me! There are things I learned from him that you can't learn from any school. It was a great honor!” says Slam.
In 2010, Slam Allen had the distinction of being chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line for the inaugural launch of the Norwegian Epic, and the official "Fat Cats" house band - the first full-time Blues and Soul artist on a National Cruise Line. With Slam at the helm, the band quickly developed an incredible rapport with guests. People wanted to be entertained six nights a week and Slam delivered his unique brand of entertainment for 5 years!
Today, Slam Allen continues a national and international mission to fill his audiences with joy, happiness, and love. “If I can entertain the people, make them happy and inspire them to stay positive about life, I have done my job!” This is Slam Allen’s message of love to the world!
Highlights & Personal Achievements
- 2016 Blues Music Awards Nominee Best New Artist Recording "Feel These Blues"
- 2015 Blues Blast Nominee Best Soul Blues Album “Feel These Blues”
- #11 on Living Blues Top 50 Blues Albums of 2015 “Feel These Blues”
- # 6 on RMR Radio Charts top 200 Albums of 2015 “Feel These Blues”
- 10 Weeks #1 Roots Music Blues Radio Chart “Feel These Blues”
- 9 Years lead singer, lead guitarist, & band leader for James Cotton
- Singer/songwriter Grammy-nominated Blues album, "Giant" by James Cotton
- Featured Article in Living Blues Magazine 2015
- Front cover of July 2016 issue of Blues Blast Magazine
- New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee as Master Blues Artist
- The first full-time Blues Artist to work on an international corporate cruise line
- National & international performer at music festivals & top venues
- Featured sponsor Gerhards Guitarworks custom guitars
- Featured sponsor Soul Tramp Amplification custom amps.
- 2016 Slam’s songs featured on “Rizolli & Isles” & Netflix series “Jessica Jones"
- 2017 “That Day in September” featured in M. Knight Shyamalan’s film “Split” & “I Know You Got A Man” featured in the Netflix series “Bloodline”
Festivals & Venues Slam Has Entertained
Blues To Bop Fest:Lugano Switzerland
The RBC Ottawa Blues Fest:Canada
The New York State Blues Fest
The Briggs Farm Fest
Buenos Aires Blues Fest:Argentina
The DC Blues Fest
The Calgary Blues Fest
Blues, Brews, & BBQ Fest
The Big Rib Blues Fest
The Gloucester Blues Fest
The Bradenton Blues Fest
Blues, Views, & BBQ
The Buck's County Blues Fest
The Baltimore Blues Society Picnic
The Bethel Woods Blues Fest
The Big Bluesy
Blues Alive Fest: Sumperk, Czech Republic
B B Blues Fest: Lisbon, Portugal
Tinner Hill Blues Fest
Belgium Blues Fest,Haringe, Belgium
Pocono Blues Fest
Destination Blues Fest
The Pennsylvania Blues Fest
Peekskill Blues & Jazz Fest
Poughkeepsie Jazz Fest
Blues 2000 & Beyond Fest
Blues Music Awards:Memphis, TN
BB King's: NYC, Florida, Memphis
The Falcon Arts: NY
Bethel Woods: NY
Art's Garage: Florida
Nash Performing Arts Center, North Carolina
Terra Blues: NY
Request Slam for your Festival, Wedding, Gala, or Cruise
Got-2-Groove Music and Entertainment: 845-985-9406
Web Address: www.slamallen.com