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AG: The Man – The Musician

Alvin Garrett, journeyed to Birmingham, AL from Tuscaloosa, AL in 1996 to attend Samford University on a football scholarship. Over the next four years, Garrett earned a BSBA in Business Management and made Birmingham his permanent residence after graduation. After successfully working in Corporate America for a few years, Alvin took an intrepid leap of faith and resigned in order to pursue a career in the music business. Less than a year after resigning, Alvin was touring as the bass guitarist with his bandmate, Ruben Studdard, with the American Idol 2 Tour . Both Alvin and Ruben were founding members of the band, Just A Few Cats. After the AI2 Tour in 2003, Garrett continued on with Studdard as his bassist and musical director. While touring the country with his good friend, Alvin Garrett continued to hone his artistic skills that would ultimately expand his talents into the world of production and songwriting.

AG: The Grammy-Nominated Songwriter/Producer

Although you may not have known it, there’s a good chance you’ve heard and felt Alvin Garrett’s signature in much of the R&B and Gospel music you love. In 2012, Garrett was nominated for a Grammy for his contribution to Gospel Album of the Year candidate, Trin-I-Tee 5:7. That year, he also won a Stellar Award with Gospel artist, Deitrick Haddon. In 2013, AG connected with theGrammy Nominated Artist, Joe (“I Wanna Know,” “Stutter”), and wrote his next four chart-topping singles: “I’d Rather Have A Love,” “Love & Sex feat. Fantasia,” “If You Lose Her,” and the 2014 BET Award winning song “Love & Sex Pt 2 feat Kelly Rowland.” Other notable artists on the AG Resume’ include: Noel Gourdin, Johnny Gill, The Bar-Kays, Alexis Spight, Jarvis (Make A Little Room), and more…

AG: The Artist

Along with his thriving career in the background as a songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer, Alvin Garrett made the artistic transition in 2012 with his solo debut album, “Expose Yourself.” His first album contains a variety of Soulful and Sensual R&B that is still revered today by many as an “R&B Classic.” The industry’s best-kept secret and multi-talented Alvin Garrett has recently sent an inspirational shockwave throughout the land with his hit single, “By Myself”. This powerful and inspiring song is in rotation and currently being played on Urban AC, Gospel, Blues, and Southern Soul stations. He is currently working on a new project entitled, “Together,” to be released in 2016, and will include his hit song, “By Myself.”

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From History To Vision: A Movement Inspired by “By Myself”

 

Last year, I released a song entitled, “By Myself.” Many “experts” advised me to license the song to a more “popular” and “established” artist. In their opinion, the song was “too big” for me. I was aware of the benefits that come with licensing a song to a major artist, but this song was different. This was MY STORY, MY PHILOSPHY, and MY DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE from the doubts and limitations placed on my life by others. In spite of certain adversity, I decided to pursue my dream… even if I had to go on “By Myself.”

 

Since the release of the song, I’ve received a myriad of testimonials about the impact this song has on people’s lives. Some have been encouraged to start their own businesses, or move on from unhealthy relationships. Even cancer patients have reported that it gives them strength as they fight to beat their illness. Heading into Black History Month this year, one story grabbed my special attention.

 

On January 18, 2016, I received a call from my friend, Birmingham District 4 School Board member, Daagye Hendricks. With great jubilation, she said, “Alvin, you have a HIT! This young man just tore the roof off singing your song at his Martin Luther King Day program.” Jaeden Henderson, a 7th grader at Phillips Academy, had chosen to sing “By Myself” at his school’s MLK program. I knew I had to meet Jaeden. A few days later, I was fortunate to meet with Jaeden and his mother at my recording studio. Although I was flattered that he chose to sing my song, I was more interested to learn what inspired him to do so.

 

I was delighted to hear Jaeden’s response when I asked him to tell his story. “’By Myself’ is very inspirational,” he said, “It speaks volumes, and it makes people believe you can go on by yourself.” He told his classmates, “Before I sing this song, I want you to think about what others had to go through back in the days. I want you to visualize what Rosa Parks went through, and what Dr. Martin Luther King went to jail for. They went through this for us.” He said, “Mr. Garrett, I wanted people to understand that this song is not saying ‘Go on to the grocery store by yourself.’ It’s about making sacrifices, taking chances, and going on by faith.”

 

Jaeden Henderson, a 7th grader, found the distinct connection between the words of my song and the mindset of those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. Jaeden truly understands that we must go “From History To Vision.” As we study Black History, it’s imperative that we appreciate and emulate the attitude of “The Individual”. That young lady sitting in the “Whites Only” section at that restaurant knew the dangers that awaited her on the road to a brighter future; but she sat down anyway. That young man getting hosed down and attacked by dogs in the streets of Birmingham, AL believed enough in the dream to go on…even if he had to go on by himself.

 

During the last week of Black History Month, Jaeden and I will be visiting various middle schools in the Birmingham area performing “By Myself” and encouraging other’s to go on “From History To Vision.” We hope to inspire other young people to dream big, be leaders, and move forward…even if it means going on By Yourself. As the song states:

I’ve been rejected way too many times in my life

I won’t take “no” for an answer Anymore!

Seems all these walls have been erected to stop my dreams

I won’t let that be a factor anymore!

 

If you won’t stand with me, If you won’t go with me

I’m gonna go on By myself!

If you won’t fight with me, If you don’t believe in me

I’m gonna walk on By myself!

 

I’ve got this burning fire deep in my soul

And I can’t escape this lonely, lonely flame.

My journey may go down an old, rugged road

But, I keep on pressing ‘cause I’m not afraid anymore.

 

If you won’t stand with me, If you won’t go with me

I’m gonna go on By myself!

If you won’t fight with me, If you don’t believe in me

I’m gonna walk on By myself!

 

I can see clearly now. Finally I opened my eyes

My future’s my responsibility

I realize that if nobody helps carry my cross,

I still gotta go on.

 

 

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Alvin Garrett to Release New Single, “By Myself”

After releasing his debut album, Expose Yourself, in 2012, one may say that the Grammy-nominated songwriter took a break from the performing artist platform to write hits for other artists such as Joe. Although, his fans still boast that they listen to his first CD on a regular basis, it’s been a while since AG released music with his voice. But he has not lost the desire to tell his own story with his own voice. Actually, there’s a new passion and fire that has been building since his first release, and it will be on full display with his new single, “By Myself” featuring Ruben Studdard. Continue reading →

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Alvin Garrett & Joe: A Winning Formula

After writing four songs on Joe’s 2013 release, “Doubleback: Evolution of R&B,” Alvin Garrett reconnected with the crooner for his 2014 release, “Bridges.”  The first album yielded two chart-topping singles, “I’d Rather Have a Love” and “Love & Sex” feat Fantasia, and a resurgence of Joe’s presence on the R&B scene. Maybe it’s the Alabama heritage shared by the two singer-songwriters. Maybe it’s the preacher’s kids connection. Who knows? All we know is that IT WORKS. The formula works. Continue reading →

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Upcoming Shows

June 2, 2016 Birmingham, Alabama The Harbert Center The Harbert Center
June 4, 2016 Birmingham, Alabama Private Event Private Event
June 10, 2016 Meridian, Mississippi Private Event Private Event
June 11, 2016 Montgomery, Alabama B.B. King's Blues Club B.B. King's Blues Club
July 16, 2016 Chicago, Illinois Du Sable Museum Du Sable Museum Buy ticket - VIP Tickets $150, General Seating $100, Open Seating $75
July 31, 2016 Jackson, Mississippi Marriott hotel Marriott hotel Buy ticket
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August 5, 2016 Selma , Alabama The Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge
August 6, 2016 Birmingham , Alabama Sheraton hotel Sheraton hotel
September 10, 2016 Jasper, Alabama Downtown Jasper Downtown Jasper

Past Shows

May 28, 2016 Auburn, Alabama Private Event Private Event
May 27, 2016 Mobile, Alabama Daphne Civic Center Daphne Civic Center
May 20, 2016 Huntsville, Alabama Envy Entertainment & Restaurant Envy Entertainment & Restaurant
May 19, 2016 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Stillman College Stillman College
May 19, 2016 Columbus, Mississippi The Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge
May 14, 2016 Starkville, MS, Mississippi Private Event Private Event
May 12, 2016 Birmingham, Alabama Brookwood Village Mall Brookwood Village Mall
May 8, 2016 Montgomery , Alabama B.B. King's Blues Club B.B. King's Blues Club
May 7, 2016 Birmingham, Alabama Historic Carver Theatre/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Historic Carver Theatre/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
May 1, 2016 Jackson, Mississippi Jackson Zoo Jackson Zoo
April 24, 2016 Birmingham, Alabama Workplay Workplay
April 15, 2016 Huntsville, Alabama Envy Entertainment and Restaurant Envy Entertainment and Restaurant
April 10, 2016 Montgomery , Alabama BB King's Blues Club at Windcreek BB King's Blues Club at Windcreek
April 9, 2016 Birmingham, Alabama Wenonah High School Wenonah High School
April 7, 2016 Jackson, Mississippi Back to Believing Benefit Concert Tour Back to Believing Benefit Concert Tour
April 6, 2016 Chattanooga, Tennessee Back to Believing Benefit Concert Tour Back to Believing Benefit Concert Tour
April 3, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee Perignons Perignons
April 1, 2016 Little Rock, Arkansas Back to Believing Benefit Concert Tour Back to Believing Benefit Concert Tour
March 22, 2016 Birmingham, AL Lyric Theatre Lyric Theatre
March 12, 2016 Montgomery , AL Private Private
March 8, 2016 Tuscaloosa, AL Private Private
March 5, 2016 Selma, AL Jubilee Music and Street Festival Jubilee Music and Street Festival
March 2, 2016 Fairfield, AL Fairfield High School Fairfield High School
February 27, 2016 Birmingham, AL BJCC East Exhibition Hall BJCC East Exhibition Hall
February 26, 2016 Birmingham, AL Hayes Middle School Hayes Middle School
February 26, 2016 Birmingham, AL Private Private
February 25, 2016 Jasper, AL Bevelle State Community College Bevelle State Community College
February 24, 2016 Birmingham, AL Hudson Middle School Hudson Middle School
February 24, 2016 Birmingham, AL Hudson Middle School Hudson Middle School
February 23, 2016 Birmingham, AL Inglenook Middle School Inglenook Middle School
February 22, 2016 Birmingham , AL Phillips Academy Phillips Academy
February 21, 2016 Jackson, Mississippi Thalia Mara Hall Thalia Mara Hall
December 12, 2015 Knoxville, TN Private Private
December 12, 2015 Tuscaloosa, AL Bryant Conference Center Bryant Conference Center
December 11, 2015 Bessemer, AL Private Private
December 8, 2015 Birmingham, AL Private Private
December 6, 2015 Chattanooga, TN ICCM Event Center ICCM Event Center
December 1, 2015 Tuscaloosa, AL Private Private
November 27, 2015 Knoxville, TN The Gallery The Gallery
November 19, 2015 Atlanta, GA The Museum Bar The Museum Bar
November 13, 2015 Tuscaloosa, AL Private Private
November 12, 2015 Atlanta, GA 200 Peachtree 200 Peachtree
October 9, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA
October 3, 2015 Birmingham, AL
October 2, 2015 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theater Workplay Theater
September 26, 2015 Birmingham, AL BJCC Legacy Arena BJCC Legacy Arena
September 24, 2015 Birmingham, AL Southern Kitchen Southern Kitchen
September 23, 2015 Orange Beach, AL
September 20, 2015 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ( United States ) The Bobby Miller Activity Center The Bobby Miller Activity Center
September 19, 2015 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre Celebrity Theatre
September 18, 2015 Greenville, MS Washington County Convention Center Fairgrounds Washington County Convention Center Fairgrounds
July 30, 2015 Charlotte, NC TCB 54 Hundred Bar & Grill TCB 54 Hundred Bar & Grill
July 24, 2015 Sheffield, AL 35660, AL Jameson Inn Hotel and Convention Center Jameson Inn Hotel and Convention Center
July 18, 2015 Starkville, MS J.L. King Memorial Park J.L. King Memorial Park

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