Allie Gardner is a recording artist, songwriter, voice-over actress, and public/motivational speaker with no shortage of personality and enthusiasm. Allie began singing from the high chair as a toddler, imitating the opera singer who lived next door, earning herself the nickname “opera baby.”
She started taking violin lessons at a very young age. She attributes her near-perfect pitch to both the early violin lessons and her amazing teacher, DoraLee Madsen. Soon, she was involved in the Salt Lake Children’s Choir directed by Ralph Woodward and had the opportunity to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kurt Bestor in his yearly Christmas Concert, and at the One Faith Roundtable.
Soon after joining the choir, Allie got involved in musical theater. Her favorite roles were always comedic. For the next 12 years, there was almost never a time that Allie wasn’t performing, rehearsing or preparing for a musical. Some of her roles include Sandy in Grease, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grace in Annie, and most recently Beth in Little Women at Brigham Young University.
Allie has been writing music for as long as she can remember. Her parents bought her Sibelius Music Writing Software when she was in sixth grade and since then has been writing all genres of music. In high school, she would write one song per day in place of journal writing. Her first single titled “Kiss Me in the Rain” was released on iTunes and Spotify in 2011. Since then she has written and recorded many other songs. Allie is working on releasing all her recorded music in a full-length album. She is grateful to her voice teacher of more than 7 years, Dean Kaelin, for pushing her to be the best singer and recording artist that she can be.
Allie served an LDS Mission in the Mexico Cancun Mission from June 2014-December 2015. There, she fell in love with Latin culture and the Spanish language. She used music as a powerful vehicle of the spirit to touch the hearts of those she taught and served. Since then, she has developed a passion for singing in the Spanish language. Most recently, she released a music video to the hymn “I am a Child of God” in Mayan, English, and Spanish. It was the very first music video of an LDS Church hymn in the Mayan Language. The video went viral and had more than 170,000 views in two weeks. “My whole purpose with music,” says Gardner, “is to bless people. God has given me a gift, and it is my job to touch souls and turn them towards God with music.”
Allie Gardner is a member of BYU Noteworthy, an award winning, touring acapella group from Brigham Young University (BYU). When not onstage, she is a BYU Student studying Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Biblical Hebrew Emphasis. She works as a voice teacher, research assistant for the BYU Religion Department and as an aide to her best friend, BJ who has Downs Syndrome.
She says her faith has everything to do with her music. To her, music and the gospel go “hand in hand.” She also says, “Music is how I connect with heaven. Every note, every word I sing is to connect people with God and change hearts.” When asked about her music goals in the future Allie responded, “I honestly could care less about the collective numbers. The number of views, number of dollars made, or records sold. None of that matters to me. All I really want is to bless people one-by-one. If ONE person can be comforted, if ONE person can be healed, if ONE person can be touched and changed for the better then it is worth EVERY hour, dollar and ounce of sweat and effort creating music for them.”
Allie dreams of doing firesides and public speaking/singing engagements locally and worldwide. She continues, “I’d really love to take programs like “Time Out for Women” to Latin American countries where that sort of thing doesn’t exist. I’d love to write and record music in a wide variety of languages.” Because she is studying to be a religion professor in Ancient Scripture, she would love to combine teaching the scriptural insights gained in her schooling with her music to incite spiritual growth in those who come to the seminars.
Allie also has a not-so-secret dream of being the voice for a Disney or animated princess. She also said she’d love to start a musical theater group for individuals with special needs and disabilities someday. She said her biggest goal though, is to be a “devoted wife and mother. That’s all I really want.”
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