It was at an early age Alan realized the importance that music would play in his life. The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, A Tribe Called Quest, Groove Theory and the true gems of the likes of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Ella Fitzgerald built his musical love and foundation.
As Alan started performing around his native city of Houston as a high school student, his talent couldn't be ignored winning accolades and awards in local clubs, festivals, and talent shows. He was recognized on the collegiate level as well, as he was pursued by some of the best music institutions in the country after becoming a NFAA Awardee (National Foundation for Advancement in Arts).
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A potentially welcome addition to the impressive crop of young male stylist -
Jose James, Gregory Porter, Milton Suggs and Sachal Vasandani principal
among them - that is propelling post-millennial jazz singing.
- Jazz Times Magazine(Mar 01, 2012)
Two tracks into Alan Leatherman's Detour Ahead and the phrase sweet soul
music comes to mind. But this isn't the rarified realm of Sam Cooke or Otis
Redding with ballads. Rather, Leatherman resides—and comfortably so—in the
role of classic torch singer
- Doug Collette, All About Jazz
Mostly though, his pure, clean, honest, organic, elegant vocals are in service
to the song
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