Blues Foundation Board Member
Mixture of Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk. With blues being the stronghold. Dexter Allen, born in Crystal Springs, MS raised on a farm and grew up understanding that life can still be wholesome with only the bare necessities. His father being a pastor and grandfather a head deacon, the church was no stranger. Dexter began playing the bass guitar at the age of 12 for his father's gospel group traveling around the central Mississippi area. Later Dexter began playing for other gospel groups such as The Dixon Singers and The Robinson Brothers just to name a couple.
Dexter moved to Jackson, MS in 1995 and teamed up with Airtight Records, a local independent label to share his musical and writing talents. While playing on Sunday mornings in area churches, and gigging with the Airtight Band as a guitarist and lead vocalist, Dexter landed the lead guitarist role with blues legend Bobby Rush. this was the power surge that landed Dexter into the Blues and Soul arena.
Dexter's unique style landed him the 2008 Jackson Music Award for Male Vocalist of the year. Earlier in 2008 Dexter decided to take his career to another level by becoming a recording artist. Dexter plays guitar, bass and keyboards which he played on his then released album Bluezin My Way, which is a soulful album filled with stories of love, lust, lies and alibies. That album landed Dexter the 2009 Jackson Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Award. In December 2009, Dexter released the CD/maxi titled "Hello Ms. Santa Clause" which was predicted to be a holiday standard among DJ's across the country. In 2011 Dexter released his 2nd CD titled Bluezin for Life, which takes you back to the roots with a host of originals. Recently, Dexter was casted in the James Brown movie and has been signed to Deep Rush Records by Bobby Rush. Dexter's music and entertaining stage presence is sure to leave you enlightened, delighted and excited.