What a great night at the Tobin Center last night for our first ever 96.1 Now Studio Sessions with Ally Brooke. I sat down with the former Fifth Harmony singer and, our home town girl, to catch up on what is happening with her solo career.
We spent some time discussing her new single Low Key and her amazing year so far, her love for Tex-Mex Food - Shout out Pappasito's - followed by an amazing two songs, complete with back-up dancers - bringing the audience to their feet. Watch the performances above!
Ally discussed what it takes to make it to this level....Blood, Sweat and Tears and not giving up on your dreams or yourself. Ally credits her success largely to her parents encouragement and support. Starting at 12 years old she was back and forth between LA and San Antonio and how her parents sacrificed so much to help her fulfill her dreams.
Recalling her first performance ever at Market Square and the song... "What Dreams Are Made" of by Hilary Duff and shares that it felt magical. It is the most amazing feeling in the world seeing how music makes people happy!
On Wednesday, Ally spent the day in Corpus Christi with another famous Texas Music Family. Growing up, Selena was a huge influence on Ally Brooke, so the opportunity to get a personal guided tour of the Selena museum from Selena's sister, Suzette, and to sit down with her father Abraham Quintanilla to listen to Selena stories and watch videos was a dream come true. Ally admits actually wearing out her DVD of Selena and also credits J.Lo as a huge musical influence in her life. One of Ally's last performances in San Antonio was at the Lila Cockrell Theater with the legendary Placido Domingo where they did Selena's "No Me Queda Mas". Inviting the audience to join in we were treated to a quick sing along last night and it was amazing.
We closed out the evening with questions from the audience with the most amazing fans of all ages.