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The Voice of Music

The Inspiration

 
“There can't be a movement without music” - Alan Floyd, Urban Genius 
Alan Floyd is a music executive who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.  He is a son-of-soul, raised in a home steeped in music history.  
 
The son of singer/songwriter/musician, Eddie Floyd, and the nephew of Detroit music pioneer Robert West (, Alan dabbled in songwriting and producing since he was six years old.  
 
Eddie Floyd was a songwriter for STAX Records and one of the label’s original artists.   He had one of the biggest hits from the label, around the time Alan was born.  
 
Still performing to this day, Eddie Floyd wrote one of soul music’s most covered songs.  “Knock On Wood,” was intended for Otis Redding but became a major hit for the senior Floyd.  
 
Alan Floyd attended Tennessee State University (TSU) and graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU).  He worked as a keyboard tech and music programmer for SWV, TLC, Dru Hill, Carl Thomas, Jagged Edge, Keith Sweat and Yolanda Adams.  
 
The multi-talented Floyd also worked as a photographer and videographer for  Music World Entertainment, before embarking on a successful career as a road manager and tour manager for Destiny’s Child, Frank Ocean and Fantasia and also Beyoncé for the last 21 years.  He is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
About Eddie Floyd 
'Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood': Stax Records star Eddie Floyd recounts his soulful journey in new book

Bob Mehr Memphis Commercial Appeal

Published 8:00 AM EDT Aug 5, 2020

When you ask Stax Records great Eddie Floyd why he decided to finally tell his life story at the age of 83, he laughs and then says, with mock grimness: “Well, you know, there’s not many of us left around that can tell the tale.” Read more  here  and click on the image to get a copy of the book. 

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