|Origin United States|
Name Al McKay
|Website Official website|
Years active 1960s–present
|Born February 2, 1948 (age 67) (1948-02-02) |
Occupation(s) Guitarist, songwriter, producer, music arranger
Labels CBS, ARC, Star Licks Productions, VideoArts Music (Japan)
Music groups Earth, Wind & Fire (1973 – 1981), Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (1967 – 1969)
Genres Funk, Jazz, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Similar People Maurice White, Ralph Johnson, Verdine White, Larry Dunn, Philip Bailey
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Al McKay (born February 2, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and former member of the American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, and a recipient of six Grammy Awards. McKay now leads his own group which started life as Al McKay's L.A. All Stars, with former EWF members Johnny Graham, Fred White (younger brother of EWF founders Maurice White and Verdine White), Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris of the former Phenix Horns, and Andrew Woolfolk.
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In 2001, the group released an album entitled Al Dente through the Japanese label Videoarts Music. A live album (Live At Mt. Fuji Jazzfestival 2002) followed in 2003 on the same record label. Both releases are available only as imports.
Throughout most of the 1970s and 1980s, McKay was hired for numerous studio sessions from different artists and produced/composed for various projects, including The Temptations (Truly for You – 1984 / Motown), A Taste of Honey (Ladies of the Eighties – 1982 / Capitol), and Finis Henderson (Finis – 1982 / Motown), among many others.
His instructional video for Star Licks Productions appeared on VHS in the mid-1980s. With a re-designed video sleeve, it was re-issued on VHS during the 1990s.
He now performs with his band, The Al McKay Allstars, performing a show called The Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, and tours along the major jazz festivals in the world with this 13-piece ensemble. There is also a live DVD (Live In Kaunas Jazz 2004) from this project, which was filmed in Eastern Europe. It was released on the Lithuanian label Rhythm Records.
McKay is a left-handed guitar player.
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