Earlier this year, Andy Allo switched up her look and sound, delivering folksy charm with the release of her One Step Closer EP. And thanks to a role in Pitch Perfect 3, we’ll be seeing yet another side of the singer/songwriter as she serves the fictional Barden Bellas with some serious competition. But her latest EP, This Christmas, proves that this Prince protégée still has plenty of funk to give.
The five-track collection of holiday covers produced by GOTTA and Billy Ray Schlag allows Ms. Allo to shine as only she can, highlighting the effortless cool of her graceful vocals as she reinterprets Donny Hathaway, The O’Jays and more. In addition to her 2016 version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” standouts include sultry R&B groove “I Can Hardly Wait Til Christmas,” the aching enticement of “Please Come Home For Christmas,” a jazz/neo-soul flip of “Merry Christmas Baby” and “This Christmas,” a funky affair driven by Rhodes, drums and, of course, guitar. Best of all, this gift is free!
Visit Andy Allo’s website to grab your complementary download of This Christmas and keep your fingers crossed that we receive even more new music from her in the new year.