Early life and education
Amy Allen grew up in Windham, Maine with her parents and two sisters. While in elementary school, Allen played bass in her sister's band Jerks of Grass, and as a teenager she played folk and bluegrass music at bars and pubs. Allen attended Boston College and later graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, Allen was taught by singer and producer Kara DioGuardi.
In 2015, Allen was featured in Teen Vogue, after releasing two solo EPs and appearing in season 2 of The Voice. Allen began her career by working on a number of solo projects and formed Amy & The Engine, a four-piece indie pop rock group, before relocating to New York for a year. The band released their first single "Last Forever" on February 14, 2015. Tandem Mania, their debut EP, was released on September 22, 2016.
Amy & The Engine announced their EP Get Me Outta Here! in 2017 and an East Coast tour in the summer of 2017 and a US tour in 2018. Allen described the sound of Get Me Outta Here! as being "a bit darker and heavier than the first". Amy & The Engine released the EP's lead single "Chasing Jenny" in January 2017. Allen relocated to Los Angeles in November 2017, where she began collaborating with Scott Harris and eventually signed to APG Music. Allen subsequently began writing and producing music with other singers, including Glades and JELLO.
In 2018, Allen produced Back to You with Selena Gomez, and Without Me with Halsey which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. In 2019, Allen signed to Warner Records, and it was expected that her debut solo album would be released the following year. That same year, Allen collaborated with Harry Styles on his single Adore You, and collaborated with Halsey once more on the single Graveyard. Allen also collaborated with alternative rock band Pvris on their 2019 EP, Hallucinations. She was named as one of Variety's "2019 Hitmakers" for the single "Without Me".
In January 2020, Allen was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music. She has been announced as a panelist for the 2020 ASCAP Experience. On January 22, 2020 it was announced that Allen would be performing at the annual St. Jude Songwriters Showcase to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, along with Gretchen Peters. On March 9, 2020 the ASCAP Experience event was cancelled due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Allen has a new album due out through Warner Records. Three singles have been released so far: "Queen of Silver Linings", "Difficult", and "Heaven"
Style and influences
Allen has cited bands like The Cranberries and The Cure as influences on Amy & The Engine. In a 2020 interview with Variety, Allen stated that she prefers to write darker, more serious songs and that she felt the single "Adore You" was her first "feel-good song".
With Amy & The Engine
Studio albums by Amy & The Engine
- Get Me Outta Here! (2017)
- Tandem Mania (2016)
- Summer Of '15 Sampler (2015)
|2017||"Chasing Jenny"||Get Me Outta Here!|
Singles featuring Allen
|Year||Title||Artist||Peak Chart Positions||Certifications|
|Adore You||Harry Styles||7||24||17||
|The First One||Astrid S||—||—||—|
|Long Way To Go||Four of Diamonds||—||—||—|
|Back to You||Selena Gomez||4||18||4||
Albums featuring Allen
|2020||Upcoming Sam Smith album||Sam Smith||Capitol Records||Writer|
|Heartbreak Weather||Niall Horan||Capitol Records||Writer|
|To Die For||Sam Smith||Capitol Records||Writer|
|Rare||Selena Gomez||Interscope Records||Writer, backing vocals|
|2019||All the Feels||Fitz and The Tantrums||Elektra Records||Writer|
|Fine Line||Harry Styles||Columbia, Erskine||Writer, backing vocals|
|It's Your Bed Babe, It's Your Funeral||Maisie Peters||Atlantic Records UK||Writer|
|You Ruined New York City for Me||Fletcher||Capitol Records||Writer|
|Kidz Bop 39||Kidz Bop||Writer|
|Kidz Bop 40||Writer|
|Now That's What I Call Music! 70||Writer|
|Romance||Camila Cabello||Epic Records, Syco Music||Writer|
|2018||13 Reasons Why: Season 2 soundtrack||Writer|
|Kidz Bop 2019||Kidz Bop UK||Writer|
|One in a Million||Matoma||Parlophone, Warner Music Group||Writer|
|Only Human||Calum Scott||Capitol Records||Writer|
|Shawn Mendes||Shawn Mendes||Island Records||Writer|