Alvin Garrett

The Grammy-Nominated Songwriter, 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. Like any proud and recent graduate, Alvin Garrett was eager to put his academic experience into motion. He quickly ascended the corporate ranks beginning with an INROADS internship with Saks, Inc, and an account manager position with Vulcan Chemicals Company from 2000-2002. But as enterprising as he was, the uniformity of the 9-5 life didn't resonate. In June of 2002, Alvin Garrett took an intrepid leap of faith and resigned from Corporate America to pursue a career in the music business.

Several years before making the jump from desk employee to studio maestro, Alvin Garrett founded the band, Just A Few Cats, which he still manages and promotes to this day. He also founded the very unique and niche company, The Music Caterers, LLC, which hires and subcontracts musicians for corporate and private events. After Just A Few Cats' original lead singer, Ruben Studdard, won the American Idol in 2003, Garrett joined him on the road as 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.

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, Alvin Garrett wrote a major hit song for the R&B artist, Joe, entitled "I'd Rather Have A Love". He followed that song with three more hit singles with Joe, one of which featured Destiny's Child's own Kelly Rowland--which garnered a Soul Train Award. Garrett's success as a songwriter was the catalyst that helped propel his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

The multi-talented Alvin Garrett made waves with his debut hit single, "By Myself," which received extensive airplay across multiple genres. This powerful song continues to play and inspire people all over. Garrett plans to continue to build on the momentum of this song with new inspirational-soul music slated to release in early 2019.

Alvin Garrett aspires to utilize his platform to educate and inspire others to passionately and strategically pursue their dreams. His current project called, “The Write Life,” is a music therapy program built around the principles of songwriting and communication. This husband and father of two beautiful little girls is not only creating a musical movement across the country, he's quickly becoming an artistic inspiration and an emerging pioneer for the City of Birmingham.

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By Myself
— Let's Talk Birmingham song pick

Alvin Garrett was featured on Let’s Talk Birmingham on December 2, 2018.

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