big AL

big AL

 Monroe, Louisiana, USA
SoloHip HopGospel

EXPLOSIVE! ENGAGING! EXCITING! ENCOURAGING! These are just a few words to describe what big AL brings to the table. With an incredible stage presentation, an uncanny sense of humor and lyricism, and a captivating personality, big AL is still poised to take the Music Industry by storm!!!

Biography

Louisiana-based Gospel Hip-Hop/ R&B artist, Al “big AL” Cherry is a family man, motivational speaker, preacher, and program director of KBYO – 92.7 FM.

big AL served his home church as youth pastor for more than a decade. Simultaneously, big AL took on the role of educator. In addition to music and preaching, he served as the mathematics department head of Richwood High School, teaching Geometry, Trigonometry, AP Calculus; and administering dual-enrollment for the University of Louisiana-Monroe in College Algebra, Calculus I, Statistics, and Psychology. 

God has indeed gifted Al with an anointing to reach people of all ages. Using wit and an unapologetic transparent message, big AL has been able to share his story and the message of Christ all over this country and abroad. He has shared the stage with the likes of Lecrae, Kirk Franklin, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Andy Mineo, Canton Jones, Swoope, Boyz II Men, Dr. Bobby Jones, and a host of other artists, speakers, and entertainers.

With the release of his debut album, “the.next.level.”, (2004), big AL began experiencing fulfillment of the promises of God. His release of two mixtapes – “4106.Mixtape” and “Son of Jor-EL: Mixtape Vol. 2”, big AL grabbed the attention of industry heavyweights. The single, Back Man, caught the attention of Dr. Bobby Jones, who then sought big AL to appear on his Word Network and Gospel Music Channel shows. The popularity of the song pushed big AL to make an incredibly unique video that garnered big AL a top-six finish of Gospel Music Channels Video Music Awards (Christian Hip-Hop) in 2009.

big AL released his sophomore LP, “The Opening Act” (2008), to high anticipation and rave reviews. The album spawned a nationally-recognized hit, “Rest of My Days (featuring Canton Jones)”, an urban up-tempo ballad about praising the Lord through any circumstance. In 2009, big AL was nominated for three “Rhythm of Gospel Awards”: Holy Hip-Hop Album of the Year, Holy Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, and Holy Hip-Hop Song of the Year, of which he won Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. It also garnered big AL 2010 Stellar Awards, first-round balloting, and the same in the 2011 GMA Dove Awards.

2011 would witness the release of big AL’s third, full-length LP, “The Balancing Act”. Full of great production and amazing dance songs, there was not stopping what big AL had begun. The single, “B.F.F.”, would garner a following of listeners who would start to ask big AL to “sing more”, and its accompanying video would rock the internet and make the song a huge hit! The birth of a collaborative project with one of his best friends, gospel producer/artist, Claude Deuce, would release and garner attention from both genres in 2013! “Super Friends” was/is as epic and ‘heroic’ as the title suggests.

After a long thought of what’s next in life, Al left the school system in 2014 to lead out something that the world had not seen. In September 2014, Power927.FM – “Positive Hip-Hop and R&B” launched, terrestrially and on the internet! It is the first, full-power FM terrestrial positive Hip-Hop and R&B radio station in the country. big AL was named and currently serves as the Brand Advancement Director (Program Director, Station Manager, and Morning Show Host); and the station has made significant progress in a short amount of time! At the same time, big AL continued to feel the desire to get in the studio and finally in 2015, he stepped back in the studio to record his most incredible and compelling project to-date, “Leaving Metropolis”.

“Leaving Metropolis” is full of songs that, again, showcase big AL’s willingness to be vulnerable on record by transparently sharing what life has thrown and is throwing at him. Soliciting production and features from the likes of B. Slade, Black Knight, Claude Deuce, Big Juice, and Naomi Holder, big AL left no stone unturned as he offered his most intimate piece of art! The lead single, “Fly”, has received rave reviews, along with the video produced/shot by Ben Boutwell of Creative Insomniacs!!

big AL is currently traveling throughout the country, and abroad, performing and speaking to all ages, all races, and all denominations! Whether sharing his story, performing songs, entertaining an audience, and/or preaching the Gospel, big AL definitely shares the message of love…the message of hope…the message of peace…the message of Jesus Christ – like no one else!!

Lyrics

Rest of My Days (feat. Canton Jones)

Written By: Al "big AL" Cherry; Canton Jones

VERSE 1
I GOTTA PRAISE IN MY MOUTH B/C THE LORD’S BEEN GOOD TO ME
HE DIDN’T HAVE TO WAKE ME UP THIS MORNING COULDA DIED IN MY SLEEP/WAS BOUND BY SIN BUT HE’S GIVEN ME THE VICTORY/AND I’M GLAD TO BE FREE/NOT JUST A SUNDAY MORNING CHRISTIAN/I PRAISE HIM EVERYDAY/THE RANSOM THAT HE GAVE FOR MY LIFE IS A DEBT THAT I CAN’T REPAY/I’VE BEEN REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD/THAT’S WHY I LIVE HOLY/AND EVEN IF THE ENEMY TRIES/HE’S NEVA EVA GONNA STOP ME

HOOK
LORD/WE GIVE YOU PRAISE/AND I WILL PRAISE YOU/FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS/THIS IS MY LIFESTYLE IT IS NOT A PHASE

VERSE 2
EVERYBODY’S STILL AMAZED THAT BIG AL HAS YET TO FALL OFF/THAT’S BECAUSE/BEFORE I STARTED WALKING IN MY MINISTRY/I COUNTED UP THE COST/EVERY OUNCE OF KNOWLEDGE THAT I GAINED BEFORE I KNEW THE LORD/I COUNT AS LOST/I SUBMIT TO HIS WILL/CAUSE HE’S MY BOSS/HE’S MY ROCK/MY SWORD/MY SHEILD/NO MATTER WHAT THE HATERS SAY/I GOTTA KEEP IT REAL/I’M BLESSED IN THE VALLEY/AND I’M SHO’NUFF BLESSED ON THE HILL/TO BRING GLORY TO THE LORD/IS THE REASON WHY I LIVE

VERSE 3
FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS/YOU CAN CATCH ME WITH MY HANDS UP/LIKE I’M DOING THE WAVE/I’M SO LOST IN HIS LOVE/I’VE BEEN FILLED BY HIS SPIRIT/LIKE A HAND IN GLOVE/THAT MEANS THE HE IS ON THE INSIDE/RIVERS OF LIVING WATER POURING ON THE OUTSIDE/THIS IS NOT A PHASE/MAN IT’S A LIFESTYLE/SURRENDER OR TAKE YOUR WALK DOWN THE GREEN MILE/BEEN ANCHORED IN THE LORD/SO I GOT A GRIP/IF YOU NEED THE LIVING WATERS/GONE TAKE A SIP/WHILE THE WATERS BEING TROUBLED/BETTER TAKE A DIP/CUZ I’M NEXT IN LINE/AND YOU MIGHT GET SKIPPED/I’M BLESSED FROM MY HEAD TO MY TOES/FLIP THAT/FROM MY J’S(JORDAN’S) BACK UP TO MY FRO/I’M A CHILD OF THE KING/SO IT AIN’T NO DOUBT/GOT A PRAISE ON THE INSIDE/GOTTA LET IT OUT

Testify

Written By: Al "big AL" Cherry

I REMEMBER MY LIFE/AS A TODDLER/GROWIN UP IN THE HOOD/WITHOUT MY FATHER/ALWAYS DREAMED OF ROLLING IN A/CHEVY IMPALA/WE NEVER HAD THEM DOLLARS/WE ROLLED A MONTE CARLO/FROM A BROKEN FAMILY/THAT COULDN’T BE FIXED/MAMA TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR/OUT OF 15 CENTS/LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK/WITH EVERYTHING SPENT/IF FELT SO GOOD WHEN WE JUST PAID/RENT/THEN I GREW OLDER/STARTED TRIPPIN OUT/BIG TRASH TALKER/WITH A REAL DIRTY MOUTH/WHEN THE GIRLS CAME ALONG/THINGS SEEMED TO GET WORSE /BECAME A BOXER IN THE STREETS/WITHOUT ONE PURSE/MY GRANDMAMA SAID/I WAS HEADED/STRAIGHT FOR THE HEARSE/BECAUSE I PUT GOD LAST/HE SHOULDA BEEN FIRST/DIDN’T KNOW/AROUND THE CORNER/THE ENEMY LURKED/AND I WAS ABOUT TO RUN INTO/A GENERATIONAL CURSE

I DON’T CARE WHAT/ANY ONE OF YOU/SAY/IMMA GET FREE/HERE’S MY TESTIMONY/I DID SOME THINGS/THAT I AIN’T PROUD OF/BUT IM GLAD THAT THE LORD/SHOWED ME MAD LOVE/BUT/LOOK AT ME NOW/IM NO LONGER THE SAME/MY ATTITUDE/AND MY WHOLE LIFE HAS CHANGED/HE CLEANED ME UP/GAVE ME NEW LIFE/IM AN OVERCOMER/SO ITS TIME FOR ME TO/TESTIFY

I WAS A KID/MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED/BUT NOBODY SAW THAT/I HAD TOO MANY NEEDS/I NEEDED SOME AFFECTION/NEEDED SOME LOVE/WOULDA GAVE UP MY LIFE/FOR A KISS/AND A HUG/ALL I GOT WAS/AGONY/PAIN AND GRIEF/AND THAT/GENERATIONAL CURSE/PORNOGRAPHY/EVEN STARTED DRINKING ON/HARD LIQUOR/AND THOUGHT THAT/IF I KILLED MYSELF/NOBODY IN THIS WORLD WOULD EVER MISS YA/THEN AT AGE 16/I RAN INTO THE LORD/HE WAS LIKE/I KNOW YOUR LIFE’S BEEN TOUGH/AND KINDA HARD/BUT IF YOU GIVE ME A CHANCE/I’LL GIVE YOU A NEW START/I SAID/OKAY LORD/START WITH MY HEART/SO HE WASHED ME UP/AND STARTED SURGERY/FROM THE INSIDE OUT/HE STARTED PURGING ME/OF THE FOOLISH THOUGHTS/AND THE PERJURY/AND WHEN HE FILLED ME WITH HIS SPIRIT/I FELT A SURGE IN ME

SALVATION CAME/BUT THERE WAS STILL TROUBLE/I WAS AN ACTOR/PLAYING DUAL ROLES/STUNT DOUBLE/EVEN THOUGH THEY ALL CALLED ME A/MAN OF GOD/FORGIVE MY FRENCH/IT WAS ALL A FAÇADE/MESMERIZED THE CROWDS WITH/GOD-GIVEN ABILITY/BUT MY DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS/PRODUCED/INSTABILITY/IN MY REPENTANCE/I MADE A DISCOVERY/IN THE ARMS OF THE LORD/I DISCOVERED ME/THAT’S WHY I HAD TO KEEP IT REAL/& TELL MY STORY/HE DELIVERED ME FROM ME/I GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY/HE COULDA LEFT ME SLOPPIN’ WITH THE HOGS/IN THE PIG PEN/INSTEAD HE GAVE ME A RING/AND SAID/YOU’RE 4GIVEN/THEN HE BLESSED ME/MORE THAN ABUNDANTLY/HE BROUGHT RESTORATION 2 MY LIFE/& MY FAMILY/SO 2 MY BROTHERS & SISTERS/MAY THIS BLESS U/CUZ IF HE DID IT 4 ME/HE CAN DO IT 4 U

B.F.F.

Written By: Al "big AL" Cherry

OMG/ILY/U R MY/Best Friend Forever/IDK/what I do/but I LOL/when I think of U

1st of all/let me say I love u/& I’m grateful that ur in my life/never thought that I could have a friend/one who would change my life/in my season of darkness/u were my guiding light/and when my load gets heavy/You’re the One who makes it light/

I know that it has 2 be a challenge/loving somebody like me/whose selfish/impatient/and lazy/and on top of that/ADD/but when I sit &/add it up/the math is so/astonishing/u seem 2 carry/more than 1/and don’t subtract/from anything/and no matter the weather/we’re always 2gether/and U r my best friend forever

Cold Decembers/Hot Julys/All year long/I recognize/that U’ve been here/by my side/thru the thick & thin/closer than a brother/You’ve been that kinda friend/U never changed/never been rude/even when my postures wrong/& full of attitude/You’re the song I sing/not just an interlude/just sent U 143/2 say I love U

Get 'Em High

Written By: Al "big AL" Cherry

IF THE LORD IS IN THE BUILDING/AND YOU KNOW YOU REALLY FEEL HIM/GET’EM HIGH/GET’EM HIGH/IF YOU FEEL HIM IN YOUR SOUL/WON’T YOU STEP UP/ON YOUR TOES/GET’EM HIGH/GET’EM HIGH/IF YOU LOVE THE WAY YOU FEELIN’/WON’T YOU TRY TO TOUCH THE CEILIN’/GET’EM HIGH GET’EM HIGH/IF CANT NOBODY DO YOU LIKE THE LORD/GONE PRAISE GOD/GET’EM HIGH GET’EM HIGH

YO/JUST ROLLED OUT OF BED/GOTTA TELL THE TRUTH/I NEED A SINK IN HERE/I LIVE IN THE BOOTH/SLEEPING SOUND PROOF/ON EGG CRATES/IS REALLY NICE/BUT IN THE MORNIING/FIRST I FLOSS/THEN I SPIT/ON MICS/GOTTA GET INTO THE DAILY WORD/TO START MY DIET/BREAD OF LIFE AND LIVING WATERS/YOU SHOULD REALLY TRYI IT/THAT’S HOW I GET MY POWER/STAY THERE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR/BLESSINGS OF THE LORD RAIN DOWN/THAT’S MY SHOWER/THEN I GET DRESSED/PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR/SAME FIT IF IT’S FALL/WINTER/SPRING/OR SUMMER/YOU ROCK A GUCCI BELT/I GOT THE TRUTH ON/GOT MY PEACE LACED UP/I SLIP MY SHOES ON/I’M NOT CATHOLIC/BUT I MAKE A CONFESSION/MY DAYS NEVER GO RIGHT/IF I AIN’T IN HIS PRESENCE/AND IF THE DEVIL’S TESTING/MY PRAISE IS MY WEAPON/ALONG WITH THE 66 CLIPS/IN MY SMIF & WESSON

WHY DON’T’ YOU RAISE HIM UP/LIFT HIM A LITTLE HIGHER/LIFTING UP THE SAVIOR/THAT’S MY ONE DESIRE/AND WHEN IT’S TIME TO WORSHIP/I GOTTA GET IT IN/CAUSE HE’S THE GREATEST ARTIST/SEE HOW HE DRAWS MEN/FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH/AND FROM A STORIED PAST/PUT YOU AT THE FOREFORONT/WHEN YOU WERE DEAD LAST/THAT’S WHY I RUN THIS RACE/WON’T QUIT UNTIL I’M DONE/BECAUSE SALVATION’S NOT A SPRINT/IT’S A MARATHON/SO I ROCK IT STEADY/THIS AIN’T NO LEGEND DUDE/I KEEP HIM LIFTED/LIKE JOHN/12:32/AND YOU CAN DO IT TOO/ELEVATE THE KING/KEEP THE OIL IN YOUR LAMP MODE/AND REP THE KING/THE BRIDEGROOM IS COMING/OH YES/HE’S ON THE WAY/BETTER GET YO HOUSE IN ORDER/CAUSE HE’S COMING ANY DAY/BUT UNTIL THEN/HELP ME GIVE HIM PRAISE/GET’EM HIGHT/GET’EM HIGH/EVERYBODY SAY

Let You Down (feat. Claude Deuce & Chizmatonic)

Written By: Al "big AL" Cherry; Alexander Robinson

2011/anno domini/I got ur prayer request/here is my reply/I know the pressures of life seem 2/weigh u down/but if u need2breathe/lay ‘em down/i’ll be the air u breathe/call me oxygen/I bring the good news/fox & friends/I am a friend/who sticks closer than a relative/I am the Most High/superlative/and nothing will ever compare 2 the love I give/aint nothing like the way a father/loves his kids/so if u need ya bills paid mane/I got that/who u think built/ihop/I’m full of stacks/so don’t u worry anymore/I got ya back/seek me 1st & have all of ur needs met/greater love has none 1 else ever found/I am the Lord/i’ll never let u down

Wait a minute/r u trippin out/u must be a gymnast/why u flippin out/it troubles me how u can really let things trouble u/I can bless u with anything/double too/salvation is the main thing/that u need/anything else/jus put ur trust in me/seek my face/& I’ll supply ur needs/and that according 2 my riches/in glory/so just chill/relax relate release/slide ur shoes on/walk in peace/I own everything/never lease/I’m all about addition/& increase/I wanna see u prosperous beyond measure/cuz blessing u/is my good pleasure/from Genesis/I gave u treasures/in ur sacks/& like Arnold Schwarzenegger/i’ll be back

I’m back again/I never leave/them suckas jive/bob n’ weave/oh/did I interrupt your plan?/pardon me/but see/they only get they roll on/tumbleweed/I’m better than they ever been/I’m the champion/so never

will they ever win/and I’m the friend that sticketh closer than a brother and that means/that you the head and not the tail/so you ahead of them yea/I own it all/I ain’t front’n/cattle on a thousand hills/boy it ain’t nothing/you an heir my the throne/ain’t that something?/got the world in my hands/now that’s stuntin/I’m superman/without the kryptonite/I’ll fill your life with good times/dynamite/when in your darkest hour/you know I am the light/anything you’ll/ever never you know/I got you right?

Discography

the.next.level. LP (Released in 2004)

4106. mixtape (Released in 2005)

Son of Jor-EL: Mixtape Vol. 2 (Released in 2007)

Cherry Christmas EP (Released in 2007)

The Opening Act (Re-released 2010)

The Balancing Act (Spring 2011)

Super Friends (Fall 2013)

Leaving Metropolis (Fall 2015)

Set List

30 - 60 Minutes of Fire!!!

Originals with a couple of covers blended in...