allee and sam

Writing a Hit Song with Sam Hollander

December 16, 2018

“In my head, I always wanted to write hits. There used to be massive conversation on what was art and what was commercial. I grew up listening to Top 40, and to me, the greatest songs meshed those two together.” I said that in June on Questlove’s podcast, QuestloveSupreme, and nowhere was it better proven this last week than writing with Sam Hollander, whose thinking and songs share that sentiment, including the #1 song on the charts this week, “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco. Sam’s other gems include Fitz & The Tantrums (“HandClap”), and a gaggle of songs for artists like TrainWeezerOne DirectionGym & ClassGood CharlotteCarole KingPentatonix, and way more. We kicked out a hooky, melodic little sucker in 3 hours. Excited to continue working on it and especially to continue with Sam! #hitsongs#songwriter #samhollander #alleewillis #questlove #number1


del rubio triplets

My birthday pajama party in the early 90’s with JONI MITCHELL and the DEL RUBIO TRIPLETS

December 7, 2018

This is one of my fave photos of all time, not just because I’m singing with JONI MITCHELL at my birthday pajama party in the early 90’s but because we’re being accompanied by the infamous and wonderful DEL RUBIO TRIPLETS, who I’m happily credited with discovering. If you don’t know them, get googling as they sit high atop the Kitsch Sundae that is my life. To say the hi and lo ends of the musical scale are represented in this photo doesn’t begin to describe the musical mayhem we created that night. #TBT