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When Alan was born, his father was a DJ for a radio station in Winter Park, Florida, and played guitar with a country western band. His mother was one of four sisters who sang in harmony at various events. Hearing his father playing guitar and his mother singing harmony to the radio, well, the magic of music just rubbed off on him.
Alan's first instrument was a Hohner harmonica he received for his 7th birthday. On the way home, his grandmother told him something he played sounded like "Deck the Halls." That evening, with his grandmother humming the tune, Alan was playing it well enough for everyone to recognize it. No one told him he was playing the harmonica upside down until 20 years later.
At 20, Alan began writing poetry. Something inside him had something to say, and he started saying it with music. Alan taught himself to play the guitar, and the poetry was destined to have music put to a rhythm. "I didn't want to sound like other musicians, so I stopped listening to the radio," Alan said.
One day he fashioned a harmonica holder out of a couple of coat hangers because he wondered if he could play the harmonica with the guitar, and found that it was easy to do.
Alan’s CD "Nature Sings" -- at http://www.reverbnation.com/alanheightnaturesings -- is where his talent stands alone, just him, his music, a guitar and his harmonica.
Alan's grandmother had a stroke in 1992, leaving her without speech or the ability to write and form sentences. Alan moved in to care for her. During that time, in 1994, some investors saw promise in Alan's musical talents and had him recorded at Creative Recordings in Nashville. His 10-song CD "Hometown" was a success. The title cut “Hometown” was dedicated to his paternal grandmother, Blanche Leila Height.
A month after “Hometown” was recorded, Alan’s grandmother had a second stroke, leaving her fully dependent upon him. She was not going to a nursing home. He said she changed his diapers -- now it was his turn to change hers.
Shortly thereafter, Alan was offered a contract with a record label, but there was no one else to care for his grandmother. She passed on three years later, at age 98, in her own bed at home.
With Alan providing all the songwriting and lead vocals, “Hometown” was produced by, and included performances by, some of the top Nashville studio personnel and musicians, including:
Producer: Neal James Productions
Recorded at: Creative Recording
Engineer: Frank Gibson
Lead Guitar: Rod Smarr, and the legendary Barry"Byrd"Burton 1946-2008
Bass Guitar: Mike Chapman and Eddie Bedford
Drums: Craig Krampf
Piano: Willie Rainsford
Electric Keys: Jim Kirby
Backup Vocals: Carol Chase, Jennifer O'Brian, Michael Black and Jack Frost
This project was produced in 1994. It is one of the highlights in Alan Height's musical endeavors.
Caring for his grandmother was his greatest achievement.