alvin frazier

alvin frazier

BandChristianR&B

A perfect blend of gospel, r&b, and smooth jazz: "Love & Faith: Volume 1" is a collection of songs that explores the connection of love & faith through relationships from various perspectives.

Biography

Gifted, talented and versatile are just a few words that best describe singer, songwriter, musician and producer Alvin Frazier.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Alvin has been singing since the age of two and pecking at the keys since the age of three. Both of Alvin’s parents were involved in music at some point in their lives. “My dad was a singer who had his own group, and my mom was a drummer for her church when she was young. As you can see, the combination of singing and musicianship was in the blood.”

Through watching and listening to his father rehearse and work out harmony arrangements with his group, Alvin would begin to imitate what he heard. “My Mother saw the potential and started buying me toy instruments (i.e. pianos and guitars) and it wasn’t long before I started to hear ideas as early as three years old, believe it or not, and I’ve been going strong ever since.”

Over the years, and without formal training, Alvin would go on to learn to play the piano, guitar, bass and drums. Outside of being a singer and self-taught musician, Alvin had a love for writing and storytelling. He would eventually use that talent for songwriting. Alvin’s musical journey has been extensive and that journey has been instrumental in Alvin’s understanding of the various aspects of music to which he has been involved and is the key to his versatility as a producer. “Of course like any of the people who do what I do, I have many musical influences. Artists like Steely Dan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pat Metheny, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, James Taylor, Sting, Sade, to Deitrick Haddon, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, The Winans & Israel Houghton to name a few. However, I am very selective about the things that I choose to listen to.”

Alvin attributes his success and rapid development as a songwriter / musician / producer to his faith in God. “It would be foolish of me to think that all my abilities are a result of own my doing. Being brought up around music helped, but I recognize that I am blessed with a gift and have been assigned a work to do, and I know that with the Lord’s help I will be able to complete it successfully one person and one melody at a time.”

Known as “the one man band”, Alvin receives countless calls from mentors, peers and clients seeking his services and advice as a musician, songwriter or producer. Alvin says, “I feel that creating music is part of my life’s destiny, and I am certain that it is my life’s calling, so I desire to be excellent at it by learning as much as I can.”

As of December 8, 2006 Alvin released his debut offering Love & Faith Volume:1. Be on the lookout for this awesome project.

For additional information go to: www.alvinfraziermusic.com

Lyrics

I Miss You

Written By: Alvin Frazier

Verse 1

Remember when we used to talk (all)
All of the time but now you don’t call
You’re much too busy with your life
(I’m) not in your schedule so you don’t have the time
(I was there for) you when you needed (me)
And I’m still here arms open to receive
I’ll wrap you in my warm embrace
And protect you with my grace

Chorus

I miss you when are you coming back home
Back to the place where you belong
My heart is calling out for you
I miss you when are you coming back home
Back to the place where you belong
Don’t worry ‘bout a thang
Your need I’ll supply

Verse 2

It’s been so long since I’ve seen your face
(We’ve) been separated by time and space
Things going well, yes I can tell
(That’s) when I don’t hear from you so I might as well
(Prepare a) place for when you return
So I can nurse your wounds from the hard lessons learned
Oh yes I knew which way you’d go
But I had to let you grow

Chorus (same as above)

Bridge

Don’t you know I’m your friend (I am your friend)
And I’ll be there for you until the very end
Just draw nigh unto me and I’ll draw nigh unto you (draw nigh, to you)
For I hold the keys to everlasting life

Chorus (repeat until fade)

Recognize

Written By: Alvin Frazier & Tony Elliott

Verse 1

Mary was the hottest girl around
Everybody wanted to be down
She was in a class all by herself (she didn’t feel she needed no one else)
A fancy car with all the flyest clothes
A nice apartment you know how it goes
Frontin’ like she had it goin’ on
But inside she felt empty and alone

Chorus

No, the money can’t save you
No, your friends can’t save you
Uh oh, you better recognize today Jesus Christ is the only way
Oh no, the clothes can’t save you
No, your car can’t save you
Uh oh, you better recognize today Jesus Christ is the only way

Verse 2

Johnnie was the biggest player of them all
He had all the ladies at his beck and call
Big dough, fly girls, fast cars
Rollin’ round town like a movie star
He did everything first class the VIP
With an entourage far as the eye could see
It’s not all in what you see
When your life is filled with misery

Chorus (same as above)

Verse 3

Now this last one I will call him Pastor Joe
Had a big congregation he could really flow
Preachin’, teachin’ God’s word
But it seems to be his own voice that he heard
Couldn’t tell him nothing he had so much pride
Walking round with blinders covering his eyes
(It wasn’t long before)
I got the word the church had closed it doors

Chorus (same as above)

Rap

Lord let me reach them in eight bars or less, tell the people they blessed
Cover them with bulletproof vests
I ain’t after the cars, the clothes, the money or fame
I’m after the lost, the hurt rejected and shame
Caught in the game? Ain’t too late to call on His name
Why would Christ be mad at you when you’re the reason He came
Mercy & grace keepin’ me pursuing His face
Now the only pearls I chase are on the heavenly gates

Chorus (same as above)

Rap (out)

Now why y’all running from the bars and clubs to drinks and drugs
Relationships that dip, but don’t end with love
All that because you chose to trust her or him
When God’s way is the highway, but the road is slim ask Al or Tim
I preach ‘til my eyes get dim cause hell ain’t the place to spend eternity in
I’ve seen too many friends lose too many dreams
Chasing material wealth when it ain’t what it seems
So y’all can keep the glamour, diamond rings and blings
Cause I’ll trade it all for a day with the king
He reigns supreme
The reason that I praise so much
Cause in this world I live, but in God I trust…

Just the Way You Are

Written By: Alvin Frazier

Verse 1

I know your heart feels like it’s broken in two
And I can see behind your smile that you are going through
But I know someone who will love you better than I
He will give you what you need because He always supplies

Bridge

I am only just a man who loves you, lady
And I am sure to let you down unintentionally
Jesus is a man who will never fail you, oh no
And He will give you true love

Chorus

Just the way you are
Just the way you are
Just the way you are
Just the way you are

Verse 2

He knows you’ve been searching for a piece of mind
Looking all around the world for a love that’s patient and kind
He knows your mind and every heart’s desire
And if you let Him have His way He’ll fill you with his fire

Bridge

See, that’s the kind of love that you know will stand the test of time
That’s the kind of love that will surely last longer than yours and mine
Lady you know that I will love you for eternity
When thinking on the grace and mercy that my God has given me
I can love you just the way you are

Chorus (same as above)

Discography

"I Miss You" (single)
"Love & Faith: Volume 1" (album)
Yes, "I Miss You".

Set List

Set 1

Star
I Miss You
No Doubt

Set 2

Just the Way You Are
About Love
Recognize

In a typical "showcase" situation we perform 2 short sets which lasts about 15-20 minutes per set.