Let’s face it, even the most highly successful music artist had to start somewhere! Every performer, singer, songwriter, or musician likely began pursuing their dream after being moved by a real-life experience.
Plenty of artists got their start after attending their first concert, while others found their passion following the purchase of their first full-length album. Some artists even had to climb the ranks, oddly enough, by digging ditches for extra cash to find their way to playing on stage in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, others have stood in giant crowds to see bands play on stage before ever hitting the road on their own.
After paying her dues and learning the ins and outs of the business, though, Allie Colleen has been able to make a career out of what she loves to do! And, she can now reflect on her journey and see how far she has come.
Luckily, for readers Music Mayhem has decided to go back to where it all began for Colleen, and find out some of the biggest moments that have helped shape her into who she is today!
Check out these cool first-time experiences that have made an impact on Colleen throughout her life.
First album purchased: Some type of Disney artist collab I’m sure.
First concert attended as a fan: Papa Roach
First musical inspiration: Jo Dee Messina
First musical memory: I sang the [National] anthem at a county rodeo.
First show I’ve ever played: Trails End BBQ on Saturday nights. I was 16 and it was my first job doing music. I am amplified by the saddles. It was amazing.
First celebrity/musician crush: Mike Lipsey
First job: Cherry Berry!
First song you’ve ever written or released: The first song I ever wrote was called Sweet Melodies about a boy I met on tumblr !! S/o Steven from Long Island ha!!
First date: Olive Garden and a movie, I picked the movie.. it was terrible.. but man he was cute.
First time you felt you made it: I feel like I’ve had a lot of special moments, a lot of career defining moments, but I think for me, I was talking to Ashley McBryde backstage and she asked me how I was doing, and I said “oh you know me, just trying to be you when I grow up” and she said “well sis you’re gonna have to pick one because you can’t do both” and I realized I am already there. Ashley does what she loves and wears her heart on her sleeve and is a badass woman… turns out— I’m already just like her. Now, it’s just out doing music until I can’t anymore.