- The Baltimore Sun
From the concert stage to jamming in Chicago’s jazz scene, G. Thomas Allen is a multi-genre Singer/Songwriter and “one of the most compelling countertenors voices you’ll ever hear.” (The Musical Hype) Redefining the career possibilities of his rare vocal category, generally tied to classical music, he is distinguished as being a part of the historic “first trio of African American Countertenors to appear together in an opera production” (Los Angeles Times) and takes his place amongst The Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera, as noted by the Metropolitan Opera Guild (May 2020 podcast).
Outside the world of opera, he ventures into the modern jazz space. Paying homage to the post-bop era, he released his self-titled debut album July 3, 2020 and was the No. #1 jazz album on iTunes. His work is a collection of songs with the aesthetics of R&B, blues and Gospel roots. Bridging genres with an undeniable melodic blend of tradition and modernity. He is joined by vet Dennis Luxion on the piano (known for playing for Chet Baker in the 80's), bassist Jeremiah Hunt and drummer Gregory Artry (with special guest drummer Kyle Swan, saxophonist Sharel Cassity and keyboardist Andrew Tombs on single only).
His career also expands to the sacred and academic landmarks. Mr. Allen presented in the 85th National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC). He has been a guest lecturer at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD presenting on the historic understanding of African American Church Music to Present Day. In 2018, he collaborated with maestro Ricky Dillard and New G – leading the opening song on Stellar Award Nominated Album, 10 LIVE, “Doxology”. This album was also nominated for a 2018 Dove Award in the category of Traditional Gospel Album of the Year. Subsequent album, Choirmaster - GRAMMY nominated, he’s leading an arrangement of “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. (Motown Gospel 2020)
Other noted credits: Wolf Trap Opera Co., Black Pearl Chamber Ensemble, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Performed at Dave Brubeck’s 80th Birthday Party, 1st Black History Program of Condoleezza Rice, Baltimore Symphony, Soulful Symphony, Christmas Tour with Faith Hill, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, (COX) New Orleans Communication/Jazz Fest, NPR, Maryland Public TV & CNN.
Mr. Allen is excited to join the voice faculty of Columbia College of Chicago this upcoming Fall 2020 term. He holds a degree(s) in Music/Vocal Performance and Speech Communication from Morgan State University - along with additional graduate work at the University of California, Irvine in the MFA, Vocal Arts program.