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Allan Rayman

If you step outside of yourself, even for a moment, you may see your life more clearly...

Allan Rayman sometimes speaks in the third person—not in a pretentious manner, mind you. He treats “genre” with impartiality, objectively co-mingling soulful vocals, hip-hop soundscapes, folk eloquence and a bit of rock bombast within an ever-changing palette. With over 150 million streams to date, “The Most Mysterious Man in Music” follows a five-year arc to his fourth full-length, CHRISTIAN [Universal Music Canada/Republic Records]. It pays off on the promise of the critically acclaimed triptych—Hotel Allan [2016], Roadhouse 01 [2017] and Harry Hard-On [2018] and the 2017 EP Courtney—as he ventures into new territory once more.

“Courtney, Harry Hard-On and CHRISTIAN are the three albums Allan went out into the woods to write,” he says. “On Hotel Allan, I set up this kid who has to make a choice to balance his personal life and his passions. Courtney is sort of grungy. Harry Hard-On is figuring out how to make a body of work. To break it down further, Hotel Allan and Roadhouse 01 are ‘Roadhouse Albums.’ The ‘Roadhouse’ narrator is telling you a story. Whereas Courtney, Harry Hard-On and CHRISTIAN are Allan speaking firsthand. They are ‘Allan Albums.’ There’s naivety and angst in CHRISTIAN. It’s a bigger range of emotions. It’s Allan’s first stab at a full body of work. It’s the most confident album Allan has made.”

This confidence could be attributed to the cult following he has quietly garnered since 2015. Between selling out tours across the United States and Canada, he entranced audiences at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Ohana and Osheaga. Not to mention, he earned praise from Billboard, Pigeons & Planes, Highsnobiety, Interview Magazine, PAPER Magazine and more, and garnered a nod in the category of “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the 2018 JUNO Awards. Somewhere along the way, he traveled to Alaska, which he cites as “very important.” He also sequestered himself in Los Angeles for nearly six weeks to record what would become CHRISTIAN with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Alex Da Kid [Eminem, Dr. Dre].

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