Top Grammy-Nominated Rhythm and Blues Artist
Meet the soulful singer Alvin Garrett as he breaks down his story as a gifted rhythm and blues artist. A long list of accomplishments that include Grammy nominations, charting number one on the gospel charts, collaborations with the likes of PJ Morton, Ruben Studdard, and Fred Jerkins III (songwriter for Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce), showcasing longevity in an industry where careers are often short lived, and inspiring fans, Alvin Garrett has much to show for a career that has been steadily on the rise.
Recently, the Grammy-nominated artist has blessed listeners with his latest project The Lightness Of Love, an album that can surely bring joy into your life. A mixture of a modern day version of Al Green and Sam Cooke, Alvin Garrett showcases the true sound of love through a selection of 11 smooth heartfelt tracks. Fresh off the release of the deluxe version, Alvin Garrett has given readers the opportunity for him to share his story on his life as a recording artist.
Alvin Garrett – The Lightness of Love (Official Music Video)
Meet and Get To Know Alvin Garrett
Kulture Vulturez: Growing up what role did music play in your life?
Alvin Garrett: At the age of 11, I was given my first bass guitar; and that was when I truly fell in love with music and learning to be a musician. I was never bored as long as I had a radio and my bass guitar. I learned to play by ear as I listened to gospel, jazz, funk, soul, and all types of music.
Kulture Vulturez: What were the inspiring moments that made you want to pursue a career in music?
Alvin Garrett: Honestly, I loved football as much as I loved music growing up. After my college football career ended and I set aside hopes of playing in the NFL, and shifted all my energy and aspirations to my love for music. I really wasn’t sure that music would be my lifelong career choice until that point.
Kulture Vulturez: With your Grammy nomination being one, what are your proudest moments throughout your career?
Alvin Garrett: I am most proud of myself for leaving my corporate job in 2002 to pursue a full-time career as a music entrepreneur. Going all-in was the greatest decision I could’ve made, and that’s what led me to so many amazing experiences over the years. Another proud moment was releasing my first solo album, “Expose Yourself,” in 2012. It took a lot of courage to step from behind the pen and the bass guitar and embrace my own artistry.
Alvin Garrett – By Myself (Official Music Video)
Kulture Vulturez: Is it important for you to inspire through your music?
Alvin Garrett: I take great pride in creating music that inspires and motivates my listeners. There’s so much power and influence in music, so I choose to connect with people in an empowering way. I’ve even had several people say that my music literally inspired them not to commit suicide. That’s an honor that outweighs any award I could ever win.
Kulture Vulturez: What are some of your highlight songs and albums that mean the most to you over the course of your career?
Alvin Garrett: In 2015, I released a single entitled “By Myself,” and that is the song that has been the highlight of my solo career. This song means the most to me because it symbolizes the moment that I truly pushed past the opinions and rejections of others and found my own space.
Alvin Garrett – It Starts In The Heart (Official Music Video)
Kulture Vulturez: Can you break down your latest release The Lightness of Love?
Alvin Garrett: This album feels exactly like the title, light. After such a heavy year in 2020, I wanted to make an album that would lift the mood when you listen to it. This project takes you on a journey from start to finish with a classic R&B/Soul vibe that’s reminiscent of the feel you get from artists like Al Green and Sam Cooke.
Kulture Vulturez: If you had a mission to try to accomplish through your music, what would it be?
Alvin Garrett: When it’s all said and done, I hope that my music and my life inspires and influences others in a positive way.
Kulture Vulturez: Anything else you would like to share?
Alvin Garrett: I’m grateful for this opportunity to connect with you and your listeners, and I’m grateful that I am still able to do what I love, and that’s making great music!