Mitch Allan is the lead singer and guitarist of the band SR-71. He was born Mitchell Allan Scherr, the younger of two children.
In recent years, Mitch has been focusing his attention on song writing and producing. His most recent success was the Top 5 hit "1985" written by Allan, John Allen, and Jaret Reddick and performed by the band Bowling for Soup. Originally only available on the SR-71 Japanese import CD Here We Go Again, the Bowling For Soup song "1985" has gone on to be certified Digital Triple Platinum and holds the iTunes record for the most downloads in a single week (over 23,000). It is part of the compilation Now That's What I Call Music! 17, which sold over 3 million copies, and the song was, of course, included on the Bowling For Soup release A Hangover You Don't Deserve, which is certified Gold. Mitch's writing/producing credits also include songs for Chris Daughtry, Bo Bice, Marty Casey & Lovehammers, Lindsay Lohan, Monty Are I, JParis, Something to Live For, Belinda Pelegrin, and many more.
His original band, Honor Among Thieves, went through two different line-ups between 1996 and 2000, and eventually changed it's name to SR-71. While playing the Baltimore music scene, Allan also ran Wall of Sound Recording Studio which later became Wright Way Studios. As Honor Among Thieves, the quartet self-produced an independent album entitled Grow. Two songs from this disc would eventually be re-worked and placed on the SR-71 debut CD, Now You See Inside.
With a number two modern rock single, a number four video on MTV and endless touring, Now You See Inside was certified gold in the U.S. within five months of its release and would go on to sell more than 750,000 copies worldwide. The single "Right Now", written by Mitch Allan, would go on to appear in over a dozen films including Loser, Dude, Where's My Car?, and American Pie. Less than two years later, SR-71's second album, Tomorrow, written and co-produced by Allan, was released, producing another top 15 single and pushing their total worldwide sales to over 1 million. SR-71's third album, Here We Go Again (2004), is only available as a Japanese import. Allan will be releasing his solo album called Clawing My Way To The Middle, sometime in 2007 and he has collaborated with former Marvelous 3 frontman Butch Walker on the album Tomorrow.
Recently, a song co-written by Mitch and Kara DioGuardi entitled "Lost" was recorded by Faith Hill, as a single from her upcoming greatest hits project.
Allan appears in the Bowling for Soup music video for the song "1985," which he wrote with SR-71.