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Perry Allen

His acoustic melodies and sweet songs come straight from the heart, but do not label Perry Allen emo; he simply won't have it. Instead, the 16-year-old musician, who plays the piano, guitar and banjo, would rather have his music called "honest," since the majority of his songs reflect experiences of a young teenager searching for love and meaning. Lately, however, political discourse has also seeped its way into the folk-rocker's repertoire as he works on his next album. Revealing intense feelings of love and loss, Allen dishes out raw, insightful lyrics and mature melodies that aren't just the product of an active imagination; his primary muse is his older brother, who passed away when Perry was a child. "I just don't have anything," he says. "My music is my form of expression; it's everything I've got."