As a professional songwriter for over 25 years, his songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Notorious B.I.G., Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Patti LaBelle, Neville Bros. Roberta Flack, Cher, El DeBarge, Tiffany, Patti Austin, The Spinners, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Martin (Menudo), Anne Murray, Pointer Sisters, Sheena Easton, and Ray Charles among many. His work also has been featured in Films and TV shows such as “Top Gun”, “Coming To America”, “Karate Kid III”, “Summer School”, “Fame”, “Fame/LA”, “Santa Barbara”, “Guiding Light”, “Melrose Place”, & “Beverly Hills 90210” among others.
He was an exclusive staffwriter
with EMI Music and Jobete Music (Motown) for a combined 11 years, having his
own independent Kyushu Boy Music Publishing since 1990.
Additionally, as the founder of “Music Bridges”, he has created many renowned songwriting collaboration events around the world, most notably “Music Speaks Louder Than Words” (USSR/1998), “Country & Eastern” (Romania/1994), “Pacific Harmony” (Indonesia/1995), “Celtic Harmony” (Ireland/1997), the controversial “Music Bridges...Over Troubled Waters” (Havana,Cuba/1999), and “Music Bridges/Expo 2000 as part of Expo 2000 (Hannover, Germany). Future “Music Bridges” events are planned for The Middle East, China, India , Peru, Jamaica, & South Africa.
With his extensive music industry resources and solid reputation as an organizer and hands-on creative participant in these projects, Alan secured the participation of more than 200 headlining artists and songwriters such as: Bonnie Raitt, Burt Bacharach, Diane Warren, Mick Fleetwood, Jimmy Buffet, Lamont Dozier, Gladys Knight, Don Was, The Chieftans, Hot House Flowers, Mi'shell Ngedeocello, Cher, Michael Bolton, Rodney Crowell, Desmond Child, Cyndi Lauper, Brenda Russell, Dave Koz, Stewart Copeland, & Andy Summers, Paul Williams, Indigo Girls, Kelly/Steinberg, Barry Mann, Albert Hammond, Mike Stoller,Woody Harrelson, Joan Osborne, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, N'Dea Davenport, Montell Jordan, Jack Blades, The Scorpions, Peter Frampton, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Gary Burr, Jeff Lorber, Cathy Dennis, Holly Knight, Franne Golde, & Lee Roy Parnell among many.
He also produced the “Music Bridges” segment for the opening ceremonies of the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Roberta Flack, Anne Murray, and Emmanuel.
He also was international consultant and talent coordinator for the TNN series “Somebody Lives There,“ hosted by Gary Morris in Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, and Poland
Alan has also served as the creative coordinator for the digital culture projects of Greenstar, a company dedicated to economic development in the 3rd world through innovative projects providing solar power, computer technology, and education to rural villages with the aim of creating self-sufficiency through local crafts and cultural products sold over the Internet utilizing the provided technologies. So far Alan has coordinated such projects for Greenstar in the Palestinian West Bank, and Jamaica.
He is also the founder and creator of the annual “Unisong” International Song Contest, now starting its' 10th year, and held in conjunction with 'Music Bridges” events to present worthy songwriter/artists the opportunity of working together with established artists as the Grand Prize.
Alan has won many awards in International Music Festivals around the world, competing as composer and/or artist, representing the USA in such diverse locales as Kazakhstan, Turkey, Romania, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Egypt, Finland, Holland, Ireland, Czech Republic, & Indonesia among others. He was awarded a prestigious Third Century Award by the US Patent & Copyright Board to honor his achievements in the international arena. He served as well on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Songwriters (NAS) in Hollywood for 4 years. He is also a 20 year voting member of NARAS, (The Grammy Awards).