Allye’s musical career spans over twenty years. At a young age and throughout college, she studied classical piano and voice, performing in operas and musicals from various periods and styles. She has always inspired others with her barely contained energy and perfect pitch.
After her formal education ended, Allye packed up her Bronco and her big fat cat and headed out west to teach Montana’s next generation of musical hopefuls how to sing, march, play music and be awesome. This took one year. After conquering that frontier, Allye headed down to Austin, Texas (Hook ‘Em, ya’ll) and for several years brought her smoke-and-brandy stylings to bear on the live music scene that is so particularly rich and vibrant down there. During this phase, she sang lead vocals for The Pacers, one of Austin’s favorite party bands of the last decade—specializing in rock and Motown covers. The last couple of years in Austin Allye grew more experimental, performing as the lead vocals in a blues/jazz trio at smaller venues all around the city, developing her own improvisational style and creative sound. One local writer called her voice “warm caramel on cool glass.”
The next big move landed her in the Pacific Northwest—where she was soon performing all over the region, from Portland and Seattle to Walla Walla and Coeur d'Alene. Touring with Bluestone, Allye hit her stride—playing over 100 live shows and festivals in one year. There was much rejoicing. Bluestone consisted of John Farey of the John Farey Group and Sly and the Family Stone as well as his son, Joe Farey, of The Fire Department. Together, they were able to release an album before Life saw fit to call Allye to move again—this time back east to Ohio. Life also decided there needed to be two more Superstars under Allye’s wing. Her two daughters (22 months and 8 months) were born back to back and are beautiful and awesome. And they have inspired Allye to put together her own album of lullabies for them and for the world.
Now, Allye counts her girls among some of her greatest inspirations—along with Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Linda Ronstadt, Jane Monheit and the Indigo Girls of course. Currently, Allye is working on the lullaby album and singing to her babies. But she still finds the time (somehow) to teach voice lessons to local hopefuls and jam with local friends on the regular. Allye says none of it would be possible without the love and support of her devoted husband, who (you may have guessed) is awesome.
Allye is always interested in collaboration with her fellow travelers, whether it be to jam, jaw or write jingles.
Presently, Allye has teamed up with Scott Kitchen and Mark Hendershot to form the Allye Ratledge Trio. They are taking popular and familiar songs, breaking them down into an acoustic style with their own fun twists and surprises. Whether you want gorgeous music or a fun evening to dance the night away to, you will for sure enjoy the Allye Ratledge Trio.