composer / producer / musician
((Doobie Brothers, Air Supply, Moody blues, etc.)
|"I'm a pianist who can play the guitar just well enough to know I
can't play the guitar well enough, and having worked with some of music's
very best guitarists throughout my career has helped to cement this opinion.
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after working with the guitars in my studio I was even more impressed.
The inherent detail and nuance set this library way ahead of the pack.
It's absolute magic for any composer who needs to add guitar to their work
when the inspiration hits - and still sound truely authentic. Today's libraries
are to the composer what "pen and manuscript" were to the great
musical minds of the past and Prominy is at the forefront of this new paradigm."
Allison | Biography
Guy Allison was born Guy Allison Steiner in Los Angeles, California - April
He began his education at the piano at the age of four, progressing from
classical to jazz by the time he entered Eagle Rock High School. Under
the instruction of John Rinaldo, head of the music department at ERHS,
and in the company of other students who would go on to become accomplished
professionals, Guy was inspired to take his studies to a higher level.
Like his classmates, Carlos Vega, Doug Rinaldo, Roger Ingram, Dave Stone
and Bobby Muzingo, Guy was a direct beneficiary of the wealth of expert
educators and jazz artists that Rinaldo had in his coterie of colleagues.
First studying with John Prince (composer for Stan Kenton, Woody Herman
and Doc Severinson's Tonight Show Band) and then Herb Mickman (Jazz Bass/Pianist
with Sarah Vaughan), Guy augmented the diverse style that he was developing
as a result of his love for both jazz and pop music. Working hard to deepen
his proficiency, he began winning a number of individual jazz festival
awards as well as securing a place in the coveted Monterey All-Star Jazz
Guy's first professional job at the age of 15 was in the pit orchestra
of the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, as Pearl Bailey's pianist. His first
professional studio recording was that same year with the ERHS Jazz Band
under the direction of Rinaldo.
After only one year at university studying advanced music theory and
restless to perform, he went straight to work in more than a few original bands
finally ending up as a musical director for a small show in Reno, Nevada. It
was here where he met the members of the band Lodgic, who were working at the
Sahara showroom across town. After being asked to join the band, upon the
departure of one of its members, he found himself in the company of some of the
most creative and inspiring young musicians he had ever heard. The band went
through a few member changes before finally becoming the line-up that would be
discovered by the members of Toto while rehearsing in Los Angeles. With the
help of producers David Paich and Steve Porcaro ? Lodgic (now Michael Sherwood,
Jimmy Haun, Billy Sherwood, Gary Starnes and Guy Allison) were able to secure a
deal with A&M Records in 1984, releasing their debut effort Nomadic Sands
in 1985. Lodgic had a short stint as the opening act for Supertramp but without
any real success at radio, did not negotiate a second album deal with A&M.
After Lodgic decided to go their separate ways, Guy was presented with
the opportunity to audition for The Moody Blues. Patrick Moraz (appropriately
in charge of this particular audition) hired him on the spot as the 2nd
Keyboardist, a position he held from 1987 to 1990. Fueled by their successful
resurgence on radio, The Moody Blues played sold out shows across North
During Guy's work with the Moodies, ex-bandmate Billy Sherwood and guitarist
Bruce Gowdy were putting together a new band. Once Sherwood and Gowdy recruited
Mark T. Williams and Guy into the fold, the Progressive band World Trade
was born. Their first self-titled album on Polygram Records, produced by
Keith Olsen (whose production credits include Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner
& Whitesnake), was released in 1989. Although the band didn't stay
together to follow up the album on Polygram's label, a second release through
Magna Carta was produced years later. After the dissolution of World Trade,
Bruce and Billy experimented with a new band comprised of Yes members Tony
Kaye, Alan White and Chris Squire. After a few rehearsals, Bruce dropped
out of the new venture although Billy continued on, cultivating a relationship
with Chris Squire (who had appeared as a guest on World Trade's first album)
eventually becoming a member, writer and co-producer with the band Yes.
In 1990 Guy worked with Air Supply's Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock
on what was their first studio album in 5 years, The Earth Isc, produced
by Harry Maslin of David Bowie fame.
When they offered him the piano chair on their upcoming gunpluggedh acoustic
tour in 1990, he readily joined on (imagining how this could be a bit like
Elton's 11/17/70 album). Guy's 7 year tenure with Air Supply (which at
times included former members of both Lodgic and World Trade) produced
4 studio albums, 1 live album/DVD release and 4 gbest ofh compilations.
Having co-written 6 songs, and with most of the albums reaching multi-platinum
status worldwide, Guy enjoyed the accomplishment of a few of his compositions
charting successfully in both the United States and Asia (including a #1
in China). Throughout it all, Air Supply toured extensively across the
globe, playing to millions in North America, South America, Australia and
During his time with Air Supply, Guy continued writing and working with
Bruce Gowdy and the very talented vocalist Mark Free on a project that
was to become Unruly Child. A deal was inked with the fledgling Interscope
Records, with 80's hit-maker, Beau Hill acting as both the band's producer
and A&R rep. Although the band never made a second record for Interscope
(due to a disagreement between Interscope's directors, the subsequent departure
of Beau Hill and a changing musical climate at radio) the self-titled 1992
release remains an intensely popular AOR cult classic to this day. The
band has since released 2 more studio albums and a behind-the-scenes retrospective
to high praise in the worldwide AOR community.
In 1990 Bruce Gowdy introduced Guy to Doobie Brother, John McFee, who hired
Guy for Japanese Rock superstar Eikichi Yazawa's Rock and Roll Army tour.
During the many years of subsequent touring with Yazawa, the line-up included
legendary and superlative musicians such as Gowdy, McFee, Keith Knudsen,
Willie Weeks, George Hawkins, Dweezil Zappa, Albert Wing, Cornelius Bumpus
and the Fowler Brothers. This collection of musicians would turn out to
be pivotal as Guy developed a long-term association with both McFee and
Knudsen that would eventually lead him to studio work on the Doobie Brothers
album, Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert, followed by an offer
to join the Doobie Brothers family.
During Guy's association with them, the Doobie Brothers have generated
2 live album/DVDs, 2 best of albums and 1 studio album, Sibling Rivalry,
on which Guy accepted the role of both co-producer and songwriter. They
have toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand,
Europe and the British Isles with the type of consistency only experienced
by world-class supergroups.
2009 finds the band currently working on a new studio album in
association with long-time producer Ted Templeman - their first collaboration
In addition to the live work with Yazawa, Guy has been called on to
produce, in collaboration with McFee, 3 studio albums for Yazawa resulting in
multi-platinum sales in Japan.
During all these tours and recording sessions with the various bands that
he's been associated with, Guy has managed to compose/produce/arrange/perform
and/or program for artists as diverse as Boz Scaggs, Carlene Carter, Nick
Kamen, Don Henley, Gavin Christopher, Buddy Miles, Bobby Kimball, L. Shankar,
Chicago and Glenn Hughes. He's also recorded with such artists and producers
as Greg Laydanyi, Elliot Scheiner, Randy Newman, David Foster, David Williams,
Patrick Leonard, Humberto Gatica, Neil Stubenhaus, Steve Lukather, Michael
Landau, Michael Thompson and Jeff Porcaro.
In the world of television and film he has employed his talents composing
and performing cues for the television series Throb (starring Diana Canova,
Paul Walker and Jane Leeves) as well as writing songs for various theatrical
releases (including Plain Clothes, Prince of Bel Aire and Mary Kate &
Ashley Olsen's Holiday in the Sun).
With his commitment and drive toward his ongoing musical education and
development, and his dedication to harnessing new and emerging technologies,
it's clear that Guy's artistic evolution continues to thrive.