Allen proteges, Neon Union, sign with Red Street Records
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Allen proteges, Neon Union, sign with Red Street Records

Monday, June 27, 2022 – Neon Union, the group discovered and managed by Jimmie Allen, signed with Red Street Records.

The group is comprised of Leo Brooks and Andrew Millsaps, said to be the first Black and white duo in country music. "Ever since I heard Leo and Andrew play separately, I just knew they would make a perfect duo," Allen said. "They both have something really special on their own, and when they come together, it's just magic."

Brooks' dad gave him an acoustic guitar and introduced him to the music of George Jones and Hank Williams at the age of four. Growing up in Miami, he wrote songs and learned how to play the bass guitar. His first audition was for Lauryn Hill of The Fugees right out of high school and eventually became her musical director. He then went on to become a Grammy Award- Winning collaborator for artists including: Pitbull, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green and John Legend.

Millsaps grew up in North Carolina and has been writing songs ever since the age of 13. He played around the Raleigh area, graduating from North Carolina State. He later was a semi-finalist in the "Music City Song Star Competition" and earned first place in the Merlefest Chris Austen Songwriting Contest.

When Allen heard the two perform separately, he became convinced that Brooks and Millsaps would make the perfect duo.

"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Neon Union as the newest Red Street Records artist," said Jay DeMarcus, CEO of the label "They just have that infectious quality that captivates a room, and we knew right away that we wanted to sign them. I can't wait to watch these guys do big things."

"It's pretty surreal to be able to say we have a record deal," the duo said in a statement. "We are so thankful to Jimmie, Aaron, Jay, Dan, and so many others for believing in us. We can't wait to start sharing our music with the world."

New music is expected from Neon Union later this year. Neon Union sings on Allen's new album, "Tulip Drive."

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