Singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, and multi-instrumentalist Shamarr Allen grew up consumed by music from a very young age in New Orleans, Louisiana. His professional career began with him playing music on the street in the French Quarter as a teenager, which has led him to travel the world today performing at various venues and music festivals, and even for President Obama. His original music draws on the influences of some of the most recognized musicians to emerge from New Orleans, as well as some his musical inspirations like Prince, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, and more. Shamarr’s creative blending of genres rooted in feel-good music is most evident in his new single “Dance With Me,” available now on all major music streaming platforms. Listen HERE. The uplifting vibe of “Dance With Me” is sure to inspire all to come together, after the hardships of the past few years, to dance and be without fear. The lyrics, “Let’s have a good time, I want you to live life,” project his aura of this cheerful song. Shamarr’s use of multiple instruments including trumpets and trombones creates an ambiance of good vibes and melodies that beautifully represent NOLA’s unique jazz and funk sounds.
What truly captures the spirit of this song and the Crescent City is the music video for “Dance With Me,” a four minute representation of the authentic and varied New Orleans cultures where Shamarr grew up. This tribute to his community features all types of different people dancing, from those in vibrant Mardi Gras costumes to bartenders and families immersing themselves in the feeling of universal joy that the song radiates. Shamarr says there are no paid actors in this video, making it a collection of unscripted, pure bona fide local talents, including Kermit Ruffins, Big Sam, Baby Dolls, Zulu Tramps, and many more.
Check out the “Dance With Me” music video:
Alongside the release of “Dance With Me,” Shamarr Allen announced that his next studio album, True Orleans 2, will be out on Friday, May 6th via his own POME Music Group. This self-recorded and produced album features original songs that captivate NOLA’s essence and vibrations that you won’t be able to get enough of! With over 45 spring and summer tour dates, including Shamarr’s annual appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 7th that will celebrate the release of True Orleans 2, there are plenty of opportunities to catch this amazing artist live. Check out his website www.shamarrallen.com for all upcoming show dates.
Make sure to also follow Shamarr Allen on Instagram @shamarrallen and Facebook @shamarrallenmusic to keep up with the latest news as well as on Spotify and all DSPs so you can grab True Orleans 2 when it’s out next month. We’re excited to hear more, for sure!