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Al Chestnut

Al Chestnut

Al Chestnut

What artists do you feel akin to or in the same tribe with?

Donny Hathaway, Eddie Kendricks, Sam & Dave, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, John Coltrane, Grover Washington, Jr. & Jon Lucien.

Of your touring and gigs so far in your career, do any stand out as being particularly memorable or defining moments?

Yes. Debuting our theme song, ''Stop The Violence'' during the '96 Olympics in Atlanta, which, launched our movement and tours throughout the UK, Europe & Middle East. ''Live'' performance has always been one of The Chestnut Brothers strongest attributes. So, we've usually garnered favorable audience responses on stage. But, fan reaction of that magnitude was far beyond anything we'd previously experienced.

What would you define as the most life-changing event so far in your musical career?

There were actually two.

Firstly, during our early teens, my brother (Ty) & I made little progress as members of ''Doo Wop'' quartets & quintets. After hearing Sam & Dave on the radio one day, I realized we didn't need anyone else and immediately felt compelled to approach Ty about the prospect of us exploring the possibilities as a duo. He agreed and with the exception of our periodic solo projects, we've been a tandem ever since.

Secondly, featuring Grover Washington, Jr. on the original version of ''Whole Lotta You In Me.'' Which, expanded our international fan base significantly and remains amongst the most popular songs in our catalog.

What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?

Community service initiatives my brother, son & I have promoted via our ''Stop The Violence Movement'' and ''God's Pod Outreach Ministry.''

Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?

''Take Five'' by Dave Brubeck. Pops played tenor sax and along with Bird, Trane, Gene Ammons & Dexter Gordon, Paul Desmond was amongst the cats he most admired. Though, only 5 yrs. old, I was mesmerized by the interplay between Brubeck's keyboard & Paul's horn and that song planted the seed from which, my love for jazz evolved.

When the times arise for you to give back for the success and abundance you enjoy, what kinds of opportunities do you look for?

Endeavors that allow me to pay it forward in ways that benefit humanity & positively affect social change. Particularly, initiatives relative to World Peace, homelessness and youth empowerment.

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