Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 24 – 30, 2017
“Playing the Grace Card”
Music and Lyrics by Alan Curtis
Songwriter and producer Alan Brian Curtis has had a rich career working as a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and guitar synthesist. He’s also an avowed beachnik residing on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The natural beauty that abounds in every direction provides a continuous source of inspiration for him. Alan’s immediate plans are to continue learning to love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love neighbor as himself. He is very excited to have an opportunity to bless others through music. From the most remote archipelago on the planet, he is able to broadcast his music to the most remote parts of the planet and everywhere in between. The irony is not lost on him.
As a youngster growing up just outside of Washington, DC, he was introduced to Afro-Cuban rhythms and music by many of the Cuban refugees whom he befriended. These happy, infectious rhythms and harmonies made a lasting impression and usually find their way into many of his songs and arrangements. Alan has both lived and toured in Latin America as well, which has served to further broaden his musical pallette.
Alan’s influences include the great vocal harmonies and stylings of R&B, Gospel and Soul genres and the entire body of Latin and Brazilian rhythms.
“Alan combines Latin and World Beat rhythms offering up an Afro-Cuban- Puerto Rican-Carribean-Brazilian sound. It has the warmth of roots reggae with so much more. The guitar work is exceptional, but he also adds layers with synthesizer that would take a full orchestra to produce. He told me that his approach was ‘to use the available technology to produce as natural and organic sounding finished song as possible.’ My favorite song is ‘Gracious,’ which is an inspiring island gospel tune with a full backup chorus…” – Janie Franz, Music Up Close, Skopemag.com
“Alan professionally and tastefully changes colors from genre to genre. He lends himself to jazz and Latin- jazz but does not shy away from a musical challenge. Alan is a talent to be reckoned with, yet he is an extremely humble musician who seeks to learn and understand music in its entirety.” – Alex Pundyk, Indaba Music Blog