The musical journey of modern pop artist Allegra Jordyn is orchestrated with deep sonic layers – spectral keyboards, inventive drum samples, and a chorus of voices. On her upcoming EP, Take It From Me, I Know, the spacious instrumentation highlights her expressive vocal clarity and the resolve and conviction within the melodic chronicles of her songs.
The EP’s title, extracted from a line in the lyrics of the closing track, is a decisive sentiment for the 19-year-old Toronto-based singer-songwriter. “It’s a warning to myself to remember what I’ve been through and to learn from it,” explains Allegra. Having made music from her early teens on, she says the suite of songs reflects a new chapter in her creativity. “I was making more folk acoustic, pop singer-songwriter tracks, accompanying myself on piano or guitar. I was hesitant to experiment too much, concerned that it would take away from the songs.”
In the studio with producer Chris Grey, Allegra commands her art as she explores an expansive and eclectic sonic palette. “I know more of what I want production-wise,” she says, “And I am confident enough to communicate that. It’s about what I want to say, and how I want to represent myself, not about what someone else thinks will work.”
“Allegra” is a name with an Italian musical heritage, denoting a quick, lively tempo. “My parents had no idea that they’d have a child who made music,” Allegra explains. “I love artists who form mysterious personas with their stage names. But I’m a very open and very honest person – it felt like a crime to have this name and not use it.”
Moving from Toronto to Boston, Allegra studied at the famed Berklee College of Music as a music business major. Returning home during the pandemic, she continued her studies online. While she appreciates the camaraderie of her classmates, she says that being back in Toronto allows her to focus on her craft. “Sometimes we might go out with other people to distract ourselves from our own thoughts and feelings,” she notes. “In the lockdown, we were all forced to be in our own heads.”
Growing up listening to classic rock artists, Allegra acquired a profound respect for this legacy. Before writing lyrics and melodies, poems and short stories were her creative outlets. As a songwriter, her narrative arc is precise, as she imagines, polishes and revises her words. “I probably write my lyrics out 100 times before I record them,” she jokes.
The first and final sounds on Allegra Jordyn’s upcoming EP are voice and piano, elemental bookends to her passage of self-discovery and empowerment. Take It From Me, I Know contains songs that are deeply significant to her sound, her story, and her truth. She is proud to finally reveal them. “I’ve been holding on to these stories,” she concludes. “In my mind and in my heart, I am definitely ready.”