LibPositives Spotlight of the Week
LibPositives Spotlights Present Mr. Alvin Kumeh Vinnie Chea
Alvin K.V. Chea is a second-generation Liberian-American who was born in San Francisco, California. Mr. Alvin is a recording artist, pianist, motivational speaker, clinician, and author. His father, Amos Chea, was born in the village of Bana, Sinoe County. He was given a scholarship by President Tubman to study at San Francisco State University, where he met his wife, a Guyanese woman who was also studying at the university]. Due to the stipulations in Mr. Amos's scholarship, he had to return to Liberia to teach. He then sent for his wife and son to come to Monrovia, where they would spend the next four years. They would later return to San Francisco.
Mr. Alvin Chea attended Adventist schools exclusively, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English & Communications as a double major at Oakwood University. It was at Oakwood that he joined the band Alliance, which later became Take 6. They are now the most awarded vocal group in Grammy history, winning 10 trophies and 24 nominations. In their nearly 30-plus-year career, Take 6 has garnered several venerated music industry honors, including the Dove Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Stellar Awards. Take 6 reached a career pinnacle by recently being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
During his 32-year music career, Mr. Chea has been featured as an artist or sideman in scores of sound recordings in virtually all genres. Additionally, he has appeared on hundreds of film and TV soundtracks. Mr. Chea’s voiceovers can be heard on TV and radio, covering everything from movie trailers to video games.
He voiced Chili’s iconic TV campaign, “I want my baby-back, baby-back, baby-back ribs.” He sings the tag, “The Snack that Smiles Back” for Goldfish crackers, and also narrates Disney Nature specials and IllustraMedia documentaries. Recently, Alvin can be heard doing V.O.G. work for both the NHL’s and the NAACP’s Award shows.
Of Mr. Chea’s many cherished memories, one of his proudest with Take 6 came at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, when they sang along with Stevie Wonder on the night of Barack Obama’s historic Democratic nomination for President.
While touring, Mr. Chea came full circle to his writing. He began sharing glimpses of life on the road in a monthly blog featured on Take6.com. The popular BassLines blog has now become a published biopic, chronicling his career history as a recording artist and entertainer. BassLines has basked in rave reviews from industry icons Bill Cosby, Yolanda King, Quincy Jones, and CeCe Winans.
Despite his world travels, Mr. Chea warmly calls Breath of Life Worship Center in Inglewood, California, his home. He can be found worshipping there as a member of the Praise Team with his wife, Adria, and their four children.
Mr. Chea is proud of his Liberian heritage, and loves to tell people that he spent his first formative years in his father's land.