It was at an early age Alan realized the importance that music would play in his life. The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, A Tribe Called Quest, Groove Theory and the true gems of the likes of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Ella Fitzgerald built his musical love and foundation.
As Alan started performing around his native city of Houston as a high school student, his talent couldn't be ignored winning accolades and awards in local clubs, festivals, and talent shows. He was recognized on the collegiate level as well, as he was pursued by some of the best music institutions in the country after becoming a NFAA Awardee (National Foundation for Advancement in Arts).
Alan studied at Juilliard and then at New York University as a Master candidate in Vocal Performance. It was short time after this period that he met Rick Germanson, a NYC pianist who has built a solid career as a leader and side man to many of the industries' elites. Rick quickly became Alan's primary accompanist and collaborator, each bringing their own unique musical influences to create a sound that interjects soul, funk, and blues to a solid center of jazz.