Upgrade My Life (UPML) Initiative – Free Masterclass
After taking an extended break from recording, Allana got a surge to record the new inspirational soul song “Upgrade My Life.” After her return from living in Europe with her husband, In 2016, Allana realized she had songs, poems, and other creative materials she wanted to share with the entire world. The song “Upgrade My Life” was written as a reminder for Allana to use her voice and talents to positively affect the world around her. And ever since, she has been doing just that.
“Upgrade My Life” (UPML) was produced by Master P Music. Allana got the inspiration to create UPML after launching an initiative. The initiative was to inspire leaders and entrepreneurs to build and keep striving for success, even if their goals seem impossible. She shared the #UPML song during a live conference at the International Women Build Confidence Conference, and the crowd instantly approved of the soul-lifting soul song. Allana sees her music as a bridge between dreams and possibility. She hopes that this song will remind artists, entrepreneurs, and creators to kick-start their goals at any age, regardless of the odds or the perceived-odd against them. The words of the song do a great job in delivering this message.
“I remember when they told me there was nothing for me.
No hopes to keep on dreaming, and I was way past 30
I sat in my room and began to cry.
Then caught myself again and said I will upgrade my life.”
These words resonate with Allana’s ability to reveal the burning questions that many mature artists may feel about reaching new levels as artists. Allana uses a first-person narrative to paint a striking and motivating picture through the lyrics of UPML. She doesn’t shy away from telling her personal story in the song, and she drives the message very directly.
“I remember when they told me there was nothing for me/ Was supposed to be done dreaming and way past thirty/ Was sittin’ in the room and began to cry/… I would upgrade my life…”
The simplicity in the lyrics, melody, and music only makes it very absorbable for even the least sophisticated mind. Also, the most sophisticated – the simplicity exerts a significant force in pushing the message right into the listeners’ minds. The Chorus is more or less an anthem, as it is significantly very catchy. The instrumental on its own is quite simple, with very few or no melodic distractions. Allana uses a relatively simple and minimally colored (subtly melismatic) vocal style that aims at giving a soothing feeling while delivering the ultimate message, “Upgrade My Life.”
Allana brings in a long incubating passion for music, motivation, and self-development in this song. Every line delivers a powerful message of hope and self-development while still maintaining its simplicity and catchiness. Although delivered by a female vocalist, UPML is basically not from a “female point of view” but from a more universal and conventional one. This is a song that would speak to anyone regardless of their sex and orientation.
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Brief Biography Of Allana
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Alana always had a great passion for music and poetry. Allana developed an undying love for experiences that moved crowds. Alana happens to be one of the rare soulful singers that can draw soul, joy, and different shades of emotions from all who listen to her. From the very early age of seven, Allana was always interested in performing arts groups, dance groups, and theatrical plays. She had an undying love for arts.
As life would have it, she had an opportunity to appear as a lead vocalist and choreographer for Boston-based performing arts company, Boston City Lights. This helped her garner the passion, needed experience, and conviction that music was an essential means of livelihood. With the Boston City Lights performing arts company, Alana got the opportunity to open shows with Acappella renditions. She opened with classics like “I Will Always Love You,” “Amazing Grace,” and others.
Allana went on to win the “Most Valuable Musician” award as a student at Sharon Highschool. She sharpened her craft by opening shows in London, France, and the regional areas of Boston. Also, because of her love for self-development and education, she attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she formed an “arts collaborative” called Boundaries Outlet Of Expression. While a student at the university, she won the Talented Minority Scholarship for three consecutive years.
A stellar performance earned Allana a letter of recognition from President Clinton’s regional education representative. She performed during a high school assembly an original song titled I will not be moved. The music was performed with her girl group “Premium.” Again, she received first place recognition for multiple talent competitions held at the university and enjoyed the attention and undying support from inspiring audiences. Allana would support young creative students as the director of theater for the Westminster schools, another summer experience for youth who love music.