Grammy-nominated songwriter Alvin Garrett was building bridges before he was old enough to know they needed building.
Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Alvin was the product of a school district that pooled together students of all backgrounds and socioeconomic strata into the same classrooms:
That bridge-building spirit ultimately permeated every aspect of Alvin’s life, from the company he keeps to the music he creates. This conversation is full of beautiful stories—including one about a recent brush with discrimination and another about his father using barbecue ribs to create unity—as well as thoughtful insights about artistic identity and the responsibility of celebrities to set positive examples.
Watch and listen below. Track with Alvin’s journey by following him on Instagram (@TheAlvinGarrett) or joining his mailing list (www.alvingarrett.com). Stream his songs on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you listen.
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