Speak the name Alvin Slaughter and visions of dynamic worship songs and lively praise tunes rush to mind. The Dove Award and Stellar Award nominee has been a pivotal part of the growth of praise and worship in the Church. The former lead male vocalist of the multiple GRAMMY Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is known for his cross-cultural songs and a smooth blending of gospel and contemporary Christian music, creating a style that's uniquely his own.
But don't be fooled, there's much more to this amazing artist than catchy songs and crystal clear vocals. Alvin is a man on a mission. His mission is to help transform the lives of people who have been bound by self doubt and religious tradition" setting them free with the acceptance of God's love and the power of a personal relationship with God.
Alvin is the epitome of the phrase "success is a journey not a destination." He spent years living life as a defeated Christian. The effects of bankruptcy, foreclosure, welfare, low self esteem, and a troubled marriage ruled his life until 1990, when he discovered a whole other world outside the four corners of his own mind. Little did he know that he was on a collision course with the power of God. For even in our weakness, God is strong. Strong enough to set him on an amazing path that would through the test of time, lead Alvin back into the doors of the church, right into the arms of Christ and into a powerful, worlwide music ministry.
In 1991, Alvin began receiving invitations to sing at national evangelistic crusades and major Christian conferences. Today, as a recording artist, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and philanthropist, he is a regular on Christian television and travels all over the world in concert ministry. Healing hearts through his compassionate speaking, restoring joy with his songs of faith and exhorting Christians to live passionately for God.
Eight solo albums later, his latest being the Billboard charting "The Faith Life", Alvin has made a name for himself in the genre of praise and worship. Accolades have followed including Dove Award nominations for Praise & Worship Album of the Year, Contemporary Black Gospel Album of the Year and Contemporary Black Gospel Song of the Year as well as a Stellar Award nomination for Best Male Solo Performance. He's nurtured a career that's seen him speak and sing globally in South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and throughout the United States racking up millions of miles on the road.
Alvin toured as a special guest soloist with Benny Hinn Ministries during a 10 -year period and has appeared on the Trinity Broadcast Network more times than he can count. Because of Alvin's leadership and experience, he will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Canada Christian College in Toronto this December 2006. Although proud of the doors that God has opened for him, his mission now more than ever before is to also help open the door for others to find their own voice, reach their unique potential, and have a personal relationship with God, through music, speaking, writing, networking and developing social empowerment programs.
This passion has inspired the writing of Alvin's first book, entitled I Got It Back!" an inspiring work that gives six keys to living and growing in the faith life. "This is a new day. Too many people still live their lives just "holding on, living in the past or walking in fear. The fact is that there are way too many who say that they're waiting on God, when in fact they are really just waiting on other people, seeking other's approval or waiting for a stroke of good luck to give them the power, that if they only knew"they already possess; but have sadly given away. Just "holding on" for most people is an exercise in futility. If your life is stuck in neutral, you need to forget about "just holding on" and start "pulling up" from out of the pit you're in,"says Alvin.
I Got It Back! was written to help people overcome fear, failure, and other people's opinions. Written in an honest, inspiring and sometimes humorous way, it guides the reader on how to make right decisions based on Godly wisdom when faced with difficult situations. Most importantly, it will help people get a renewed passion and ignite their faith.
Alvin's goal of spiritual empowerment has moved far beyond the boundaries of the United States and is also specifically embracing the overwhelming problems faced in the nations of Africa.
"My focus has expanded from just music to blending the ministry of music, inspirational speaking and writing " empowering people to not just live passively, sort of looking at their lives as something that they cannot control, but to live passionately, finding the courage and power within to live their lives on God's terms for them and not someone else's," says Alvin.
He delivers a passionate, enthusiastic and entertaining message to both teach and encourage you to celebrate your individuality and breakthrough to become your 'greater self.' His inspiring message is based upon lessons learned in his own breakthrough journeys. Alvin is committed to helping others across the world apply these principles in their individual lives and relationships. In his unique, uncompromising style, he brings life changing principles and leadership skills that have inspired and motivated thousands across age, gender, and denominational lines.