Coming from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the son of a preacher Al Jarreau
(1940) learned his first singing skills in the church choir. While studying psychology he performed in a singing group and subsequently worked as a community worker for a short while. But a singing career was also appealing, and Jarreau soon made work of it. He first sang in a band with George Duke, recorded the album We Got By
in 1975 and really made his breakthrough with Breakin’Away
in 1981, including the colossal hit Roof Garden
. Over the years, success abounded for the singer with the elastic vocal chords. He received seven Grammy Awards and in 2013 was nominated again with his album Live
, together with the Metropole Orkest. In 2008 this crowd pleaser received a prestigious Dutch Edison Award for his complete oeuvre.