John Daniel Ray – Bass, Chad Lawson – Piano, Alfred Sergel IV – Drums
Alfred Sergel IV has 26 years of experience as a professional drummer. He was trained on drumset and percussion at the Berklee College of Music and Florida State University.
Throughout his career Al has recorded on Billboard charting albums & singles and has performed with Grammy & Dove Award winning artists. Al’s creativity, style adaptability and musical sense give him an advantage and ease in collaborating with many musicians with versatile styles.
Past live performances have included playing with notable artists such as Joan Rivers, Nnenna Freelon, Fred Yonnet, Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Kim Walker-Smith, Kristine DiMarco, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Chris McClarney, Matt Maher, Pat Barrett (Housefires) Bob Mintzer, Martin Bejerano, Marcus Printup, Rick Skaggs, Nelson Rangell, Jim Snidero and Adam Nitti.
Currently, Al performs regularly with Jason Upton, Maria Howell, Noel Freidline, Chad Lawson and his own band, the Alfred Sergel IVtet. He maintains an active teaching studio and is adjunct faculty at The Kings University.
Al resides in North Carolina with his wife, 3 wonderful daughters and 1 amazing son.
Artist Statement- My songs – my compositions – are momentary melodies that I capture during my day-to-day life. Whether I am sitting at a stop light, walking through the grocery store or even serving on jury duty, I hear melodies and I sing them into my iPhone. My iPhone is where I capture the moment. My piano is where I compose those captured moments into my songs.
My public performances are then part story, part song, with the hopeful intention that the audience will experience something more than music; that they would experience the moment, too. When the mind let’s go to a beautiful melody, the imagination can take the heart on an endless journey toward the good.
Music can change the world. It changes mine with every moment. –Al Sergel