For Your GRAMMY® Consideration
Best Musical Theatre Album - The Shards of an Honor Code Junkie
Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals - Blake Allen, "The Sessions"
"I wanted to tell my story to shine a light for those hiding in their own dark corners–that self-love, peace, forgiveness, and absolution are possible if you turn towards friends and those who love you. There is always hope, there can always be joy, and there can always be faith: faith in you, faith in others, faith in peace."
The SHARDS Story
Blake Allen's shocking autobiographical album, The Shards of an Honor Code Junkie, examines growing up gay in the Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) faith and learning to navigate self-worth and discovery while attending Brigham Young University and pushing against their staunch Honor Code Rules. By unhinging demons of sex, drugs, suicide, and depression, the album blossoms into an enveloping blanket of light, a reckoning of joy and love.
"VICTORIOUS" - Opera Wire
"Haunting and captivating" - Broadway World
"A dark and intriguing...coming of age story" - Playbill
Inspired by the Disneyland Records storybook albums, Shards is presented here as an oratorio format, narrated by Tony® Nominee and theatre legend, Alison Fraser, and features the ilustrious talents of Broadway's Teal Wicks, Kristy Cates, J Harrison Ghee, Drama Desk® Winner Kuhoo Verma, and many more. The album is mixed/mastered by GRAMMY® Winners Oscar Zambrano and Alex Venguer, and engineered by GRAMMY® Nominee Daniel Alba. The album is produced by Mitchell Walker and Ashley Kate Adams of No Reverse Records, LLC. Shards was developed in part at the Banff Centre, in Alberta, Canada as a 2014 Artist in Residence and also presented as a Trevor Project Benefit Concert in 2017.
"I wrote this show in the name of advocacy, therapy, and connectivity. While mostly everything in this story actually happened, members of the LDS faith or not can relate to the similar struggles of relearning about who you are. It is a message that love, and friendship can be a powerful tool to claw your way out of the shackles of despair, and is honest look at the LGBTQ community, at suicide, and the idea that we are all, in our own way, lost children of God. May my story resonate with those who have felt cast aside for being true to who they are and give them hope and strength to stand tall and proud in the face of oppression."
Listeners can expect to go on a ride of emotions in this Long Playing, seamless record.