Alfa Anderson

Alfa Anderson began her professional singing career alongside some of the industry's most talented vocalists and musicians.

Throughout the '70s, she recorded background vocals for Odyssey, Major Harris, and Roy Buchanan. Alfa also sang on the Quincy Jones-produced soundtrack to The Wiz.

Alfa Anderson's life changed when Luther Vandross invited her to a vocal session for Chic. At the time, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards had just formed the group with Tony Thompson on drums and Norma Jean Wright on lead vocals. She sang background on Chic's first two singles for Atlantic Records, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" and “Everybody Dance," which both brought Chic to the top of the dance charts for seven consecutive weeks in 1977. After joining Chic on tour, Alfa was promoted to lead vocalist, a role she and Luci Martin

shared from 1978-1983.

The group's second album, C'est CHIC (1978), was a critical and commercial tour de force. It featured Anderson's two solo numbers, "At Last I Am Free" and the gold-selling single "I Want Your Love." Alfa and renowned session vocalist Diva Gray both sang lead on "Le Freak,"

Rodgers and Edwards' ode to Studio 54. The song not only became Chic's most successful single but, for more than 30 years, was the biggest-selling single in Atlantic's history. "Le Freak” topped the Hot 100 for three weeks and went to number one on both the R&B and disco singles charts, quickly earning gold and platinum certifications. C'est CHIC was later named "1979 R&B Album of the Year" by Billboard after it topped the R&B chart for eleven weeks.

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One thing I loved doing as a child was writing songs and singing. Its something that always came naturally too me growing up, anything I was doing I was singing. I eventually grew courage and started singing at my neighborhood church on the south side of Chicago, when I was just 11 years old. I was really shy growing up so when I song I never gave it my all.

These experiences spiked an interest in music composition , playing the keyboard and learning how to produce my own music, which I self-taught my self throughout my young adolescence years. My only real learning experience was with a teacher in music class in high school. After high school, life kind of took me in another direction. I attended college right after high school for an Associate Degree in Medical assistant but realized that was not what I wanted to do with my life. So I finished with no diploma but Certification as a Radiology Assistant. I never did that line of work but ha life gives you learning experiences and I had quite a few.

I can stay I never had support with my singing or music. But I never give up on writing songs and I never give up on my dream. So funny story, my life quickly unfolded when I decided to get out of an abusive relationship, hook up with an ex boyfriend, who inspired me to push at my dream harder and one day I download this singing app on my phone and came across some wonderful people who open up so many opportunities for my music for this year 2019.

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