Allee Willis

Detroit Nation Radio – Allee Willis

Allee WillisAllee Willis is a one-woman creative think-tank-a multi-disciplinary artist and visionary thinker whose range of imagination and productivity knows no bounds. She is a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, visual artist, multimediaist, director, collector, social artist, and party thrower. Her hits-including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance,” Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield’s “What Have I Done To Deserve This,” and The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You (Theme From Friends)”-have sold more than 60 million records. Willis also co-authored the Oprah Winfrey-produced Broadway musical The Color Purple.

For the past three years Willis has been working on “The D”/ Allee Willis Loves Detroit. Recorded at a series of 50 sing-alongs all over Detroit and featuring more people in history than have ever been the original artist on a record – over 6000 people – Willis, along with collaborator Andrae Alexander, wrote “The D” as a theme to accompany the city’s re-invention. In addition to an eye-popping, Detroiters-as-they-have-never-been-seen-before video, also directed and animated by Willis, the song is accompanied by Allee Willis Loves Detroit, a feature-length documentary about human spirit as seen through the people of Detroit and how Willis views her life and career springing out of that same spirit.


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