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Alvin Smith's love of music started at a very young age. At the age of five he began his instrumental training with the trumpet. Eventually, he added string instruments beginning with the violin, then cello, and the bass guitar. Alvin sings baritone beautifully but prefers to play an instrument.
Coming from an artistic family; his uncle played trumpet for blues guitarist John
Lee Hooker and his mother was a ballet dancer. Alvin loves the creative process and
thoroughly enjoys collaborating with writing partners.
Alvin has written and produced songs for film and television from, The Sopranos, Soul Food, JAG to Felicity and The Shield. He has also produced for performers such as Greg Walker of Carlos Santana, Noel and D.T. Peredes.
Alvin has written and produced songs on multiple CD's for Global Vision records and DRM Records. After several years of touring and performing with such artists as Billy Davis, Marilyn McCoo, Stephanie Mills and Philip Bailey, he began his song writing and production career.
Alvin established Mo'Jamz Productions in 1997. There he perfected his production skills and worked with artist such as Wron G (Warren G) and Thug Life. His mentor was James Gadson.
R&B is his favorite style of music to compose and he would love the chance to work with Neyo and Eric Benet. He looks forward to writing and producing songs with today's top artists. He is currently working on his own CD recording and launch.
In his future he would like to tackle symphonic works as well as broadening his musical horizons writing and producing ethnic music from around the world.
Besides traveling for performances he works out of his studio in North Hollywood California.
With his funky keyboard playing, Larry helped transform Earth, Wind & Fire into one
of the all-
Larry had major creative influence in, and is proud of his contribution to such Earth, Wind & Fire classics as: "Shining Star," "Spirit," "Be Ever Wonderful," "Runnin'," "See The Light," "Let Me Talk," "And Love Goes On," "Jupiter," as well as other melodies that will live on in the hearts of fans and popular music lovers alike.
Together with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire, Larry was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2000.
Since 1988, Larry and Luisa have been involved with production projects, writing music for Japanese television commercials, film, and studio work. A lot of which have aired only in Japan.
Along with playing keyboards, programming synthesizers, and composing, Larry has developed a talent of producing and composing for other artists. To further this talent, for the past 20 years, Larry has been increasing his knowledge of sound engineering, computers, and synthesizer programming.
Larry, his wife Luisa, and Darrell S. Elliott esq. formed a production company: Source Productions.
Larry's production and performance credits include: The Emotions, Level 42, Ronnie Laws, George Duke, Lenny White, Paulinho Da Costa, Foley, Ramsey Lewis, Caldera, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, Dianne Reeves, Brian Culbertson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stanley Clarke and Deniece Williams, just to name a few.
In keeping with his "goal of reaching as many people as possible through music," he released in Japan, his first solo album. An album that blends contemporary music and new age while adding a twist of funk, "Lover's Silhouette" is a project that encompass True World Music featuring eleven powerful tracks that pick up where Larry left off with Earth, Wind & Fire. Luisa also demonstrates her strong vocal talent on "Don't It Make You Want To Cry." This album spotlights musical greats like Phil Upchurch, Ronnie Laws, Marcel East, Hilliard Wilson, Steven Dunn, Derf Reklaw, and original Earth, Wind & Fire band members Ralph Johnson and Al McKay, and brings an array of musical textures to all the finely written and produced compositions. Co-
Internationally, Larry has made personal appearances at several spectacular multi-
"I want to create music for every medium. Earth, Wind & Fire's music touched the world. Along with my other projects, I have created a library of music which appeals to music buffs everywhere. In keeping with this tradition, I am moving into other endeavors with the goal of reaching as many people as possible through music." -