Bass Singer – Take 6 – 10 time Grammy award winner
Alvin was born in San Francisco, California, the first child of educator Amos Chea and classically trained pianist and social worker Joan (McLeod) Chea. It was here that Alvin’s spiritual and musical roots were formed. Between the time spent in his home church where his father served as Head Elder and mom as superintendent, the classic music introduced Joan exposed him to, and the emerging sounds of the time, Alvin learned to appreciate a wide variety of music.At an early age Alvin was mesmerized watching Black classical pianist Andre Watts play at the San Francisco Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall. During his own piano lessons a seven-year old Alvin would don his father’s pajama jacket, pretending it was a tuxedo jacket with tails, and mimic Andre Watts’ theatrical stride up to the piano. When he wasn’t imitating his idol, Alvin was frozen in front of the record player listening to Earth, Wind & Fire play over and over. Music was Alvin’s passion and as the years went on it also proved to be his purpose.In 1985 Alvin attended a small, conservative Seventh-day Adventist college in Huntsville, Alabama where he perused a Bachelor of Art degree in both English and Communications. Alvin always dreamed of being a musician, but was convinced he couldn’t make a living at it. And still, he spent a tremendous amount of time rehearsing in the music department. After Music Professor John Dennison chased Alvin off the practice pianos no less than nine times for playing “jazz chords,” he finally conceded and said: “Ya know, you should look into going into music. You’d be great at it.”Alvin graduated from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in 1989 as a double major in English and Communications. Having interned at WOCG for radio personalities Hallerin’ Hill and Don McPhaull, he had every intention of becoming a CBS anchor man. In fact, his personalized license plate said that very thing.