Allison Shirk

Allison Shirk

Allison Shirk

Rock, Pop, Americana
From: Vashon, WA, United States

About Artist

Allison Shirk's parents would take her to sing in front of audiences at a very young age at senior homes and even AA meetings. Her shyness would fade away as soon as she began singing. Playing, singing, and writing music has always been a part of her life - a necessary creative outlet. She plays both guitar and bass. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Allison has a distinctive voice with a slightly southern accent.  She grew up traveling back and forth between Texas and Washington State and now makes her home on Vashon Island. Her songs take life experience and weave stories to which people can connect. She describes places and people that linger in your mind long after the song ends. Heartache with a sense of humor and stories of life in the country are prevalent in her songwriting. Allison gives a provocative performance - haunting, sultry, and sincere.


Allison’s parents say that she was constantly singing around the house at a very early age. She took piano lessons, entered talent contests, and sang in front of any audience that would listen. She joined the school band and played xylophone, trombone, baritone, and tuba.  In college, she was given her first guitar and she played it constantly, writing songs about her life experience.  She fronted a punk rock band in Honolulu called the Mellow Drips and then the Sunday Night Music Club in Waimanalo, before recording the demo album in 2000, “Reason to Believe.” Moving to Vashon Island in 2001, she formed the alternative country band American Standard. She took a short break from playing gigs while she started a family, re-emerging with a new band called The Shirks in 2009 as the lead singer and bassist playing all her original songs.  This year, Allison is playing solo again and making appearances on Vashon, and around the Puget Sound.  Her new songs have depth and complicated melodies.  She is comfortable on the stage and audiences are stopping to take notice.

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