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Allison Kerr is a multi-faceted music professional who uses melodies, harmonies and rhythms to enrich the lives of children, veterans, elderly and music therapists alike.
A skilled musician, author, advocate and Nationally Board Certified Music Therapist, Allison Kerr is a lifelong learner. A former instructor at the newly established Music Therapy department at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Allison consistently educates students on the virtues of music therapy and schooling them on the guitar. She regularly leads rhythm guitar workshops to train other music therapists on best practices in the field. She also leads a host of other music enhancement seminars, workshops and one-on-one sessions to help audiences discover the camaraderie and joyfulness in using music to liven up the melody of their lives.
The author of two rhythm guitar workbooks, “8 Easy Right-Hand Guitar Styles,” published in 2005 and “8 More Easy Right-Hand Guitar Grooves,” published in 2015, Allison launched her own YouTube series, “Instant Rhythm Guitar” in which she teaches novice guitar players simple techniques to expand their playing repertoire.
As an active southern jazz and blues vocalist, songwriter and musician, Allison crafts tunes with a southern savoir faire and sings them with an honest, honey-rich voice that captures the true flavor of the South. For more than 20 years, this native Texan has entertained audiences from Las Vegas to Japan.
She recorded two southern jazz and blues albums: the 2004 self-titled release, “Allison Kerr” as well as 2005’s “Sit On the Porch and Swing,” an effort she created with the Hot Biscuits, a southern jazz and blues group based in Nashville. She also recorded the children’s album titled “Jingle Belles” which features timeless Christmas tunes.
A crooner at her core, as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the Hot Biscuits, she performs at numerous conventions, festivals, galas and popular venues, including the world famous Bluebird Café. She has also served as a backup singer for multiple jazz and blues acts internationally.
In addition to her rich instructional, therapy and performance experiences, Allison has also been awarded several accolades throughout her extensive, diverse career.
Allison has appeared as the featured artist with The Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s POP Series and as one of 15 Tennessee artists to showcase for the Arts Councils of Tennessee. In addition, she was selected to appear on CNN as part of the networks coverage of the 75th Anniversary in honor of the woman’s suffrage movement in Washington, D.C. As a songwriter, Allison was commissioned to write a commemorative tune, “Connimy firse’s Song,” to be premiered at the Washington D.C. National Press Club to honor Connie Reeves, a recipient of the Al Neuharth’s Freedom Forum “Free Spirit of the Year Award.
In addition, she acts as a guest lecturer and writer for the Country Music Hall of Fame’s “Words and Music Program,” teaching songwriting to Nashville area students, and as an educator in aesthetics with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s ArtSmart program. She also participated as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the pre-show Christmas at the Grand Ole Opry.
Allison is widely recognized as a go-to musician and music therapist for multiple heart-centered organizations who support people with disabilities through intentional programming infused with music therapy, including Finney Summer Camp, Waves and more.
In 2015, Allison participated in the esteemed Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project in which she performed original jazz and blues material.
In short, Allison Kerr is a dynamic musician, author, instructor, advocate and music therapist who really digs guitar.