Alanna Underwood (a.k.a the artist Gldngirl ) is a Senior at Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning her Bachelor's degree in music performance. Born in Brooklyn New York—and raised in her family’s Pentecostal church where both her parents preach, and her grandmother controlled the church choir—Alanna is inspired by the old school greats of Gospel, along with today’s Pop, Neo-soul, and R&B artists.
Alanna is a proud alumna of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a specialized performing art high school founded by Tony Bennett, where she performed the lead in RENT. Alanna was also a featured vocalist in Gospel for Teens, founded by radio legend, Vy Higginsen, where she was a leader in their debut musical “We Are.” She has also performed behind top artists like Pharrell, Bebe Rexha, Lady Gaga, among others.
Alanna is currently a mentor with the Big Brother, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She is a graduate of the Brooklyn chapter of Jack and Jill of America, having served as their Teen president. She is also an alumna of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated DeltaGEMS leadership program, and the prestigious BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Queens' Camp for Leadership & Excellence Program.
With the goal of balancing her artistry with business, Alanna is currently a Marketing Intern at Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, is the founding Vice President of Berklee’s Black graduation committee, and holds memberships in Berklee’s Black Student Union, Berklee Student Allies in Anti-Violence Education, and the Women in Action Club. In 2016, Gldngirl also started her own organization, 24KOLLECTIVE, that partners with Boston’s colleges and universities, along with performers and visual artists to provide service and music to underserved communities.
Gldngirl’s music career is continuing to grow, and she believes that her passion for God and service are the reason for it.