About Alan "Funt" Prater
Alan first became acquainted with music in grade five when he learned to play the violin. Coming from a family of gospel singers, he had plenty of encouragement. Yet it wasn’t until his high school years that Alan began to explore music independently by joining the marching band.
While in the marching band, he learned to play drums and the trombone, and was voted the school's most talented, soon became one of Florida’s top trombonists. Fast-forward,years later he would be inducted into the North Florida Music Hall of Fame, as a member of the East Coast Horns, a group that he co-founded.
As Alan’s career grew, so did the scope of his talent. He continued to learn various instruments, including the voice. All of this talent, and an unwavering dedication to honing his skills, led him to perform and record with some of the world’s most respected artists – Millie Jackson, The O.J’s, Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Cameo and many others on the world’s most famous stages –Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Hammersmith Odeon. Yet, despite having toured the world many times, he fell in love with Montreal, where he now lives.
In 1998, he performed at the famous Montreal International Jazz Festival and was voted “Best Show.” The following year, he received the Martin Luther King Jr. “Achievement Award” for Best R&B Soul Band.
In 2001, he was invited to play the festival again, once more earning the critics’ “Best Show” verdict. That same year, he graced the festival’s official poster, literally becoming the “poster boy” of the festival.
After releasing his first solo project, Aka Soulo's "Confession" it brought him to the world stage again.
In 2009, he performed the American National Anthem at the NHL
All Star Game... Televised in 150 Countries around the World.
In 2014, he was invited back to the Montreal International Jazz Festival with
his group JAMAD
Alan spends time writing, producing, and performing on many albums,TV and