Exclusive: From Beyonce’s Backup Dancer To Burgeoning Star: 7 Questions With Alvester Martin

Published: Wednesday 1st Oct 2014 by Rashad
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There are just some people whose talent seemingly know few bounds.  And, if his storied acting, modeling, dancing, and now singing career suffice as evidence, then Miami dance machine Alvester Martin is one of them.

Already building quite the buzz after seeing his talented feet dance alongside some of music’s biggest names from Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez to Rihanna and Beyonce, now Martin is making his own moves in the recording industry.

As fans lay in wait for his official debut release via Emagine/Universal Music Group, the multi-talented crooner lets That Grape Juice in to get a peek at his first official music video and find out more about the man known to many as the “industry’s best kept secret.”

It’s all below:

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That Grape Juice (Rashad):  Before we begin, we just want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule!

Alvester:  Not a problem! You guys know I love ThatGrapeJuice!

That Grape Juice:  Always good to hear.  We know a lot about you and have followed your bio.  But, for those who haven’t, give us your story in a nutshell.

Alvester: I moved to L.A. about ten years ago to pursue music and I fell into dancing. I didn’t even go there initially for that purpose, but I had a friend who danced for Britney Spears and had some connections.

I went to a Beyonce audition, booked it, and started an amazing dance career I never expected.  Here we are today, finally after 10 years of learning from the best people in the business, I get to do it on my own.

That Grape Juice:  Wow!  So, even before the trip to L.A., how did you know you wanted to pursue the industry? Who inspired you?

Alvester: 110% Michael Jackson.  The first video I ever saw was “Billie Jean” and I actually broke my leg trying to do the moonwalk (laughs).  I told my grandparents that I wanted to do this.

They were very supportive by throwing me in dance classes, the church choir, and playing the saxophone.  Anything that had to do with the arts, that’s where I was.

That Grape Juice:  So, it must have really been something to have brought that journey “full circle” (so to speak) by being the leading male in his latest music video, “A Place With No Name.”

Alvester: That was so surreal for me!  It was like a little kid whose dreams came true.  I’ve been blessed to do a lot of things in my career, but being on that particular set was really magical.

We shot that video in the same place where MJ shot “In the Closet.”  I really felt like Michael was present that day.

That Grape Juice:  That’s an amazing name to add to your already impressive resume.  With past work that features names like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Rihanna, and more,  we’re curious to know who is your favorite?

Alvester:  That’s a tough question! They all are amazing, but I would have to say Beyonce.  She ushered me into the industry.  Michael’s video was supposed to be my last dance gig, but after getting the call to dance with her at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, I just couldn’t say no.

I learn so much every time I’m around her.  But, hopefully next time we collaborate, it will be on a music tip.

That Grape Juice:  Great segue.  Let’s talk about your music.  We’ve heard “So High” and love it!  Why did you feel it was the best way to introduce yourself as a singer?

Alvester:  I haven’t chosen an official first single, but I went with “So High” and “When I’m With You” so they could hear me sing.  Everybody’s seen me dancing for so long, I really didn’t want to go in a direction where my voice was clouded.

So, when people get a feel for my voice as a singer and an artist (since I wrote them), I will continue.

That Grape Juice:  So, what should we be expecting from your album?

Alvester:  My album will be called “Love Me Or Leave Me” and it really focuses on a man’s thoughts about love.  Everything from being broken up with to being confused or to being so in love, etc.

But, I do have a few tracks like one called “Switch It Up” – it’s really up-tempo and islandy.  It was written by Eric Bellinger.  You’ll be hearing it soon.

That Grape Juice:  Good!  As we look forward to that, we always like to ask where new artists see themselves fitting in in today’s musical spectrum.  We have a Trey Songz, Usher, Jason Derulo, and Chris Brown already.  What will Alvester Martin bring to the table we haven’t seen?

Alvester:  Coming off the hems of someone like Beyonce, it’s hard for me to come in the game short of that.  I want people to feel that way about me.  People know when they come to her shows, they will be extremely entertained.  I always say if John Mayer, Usher, and Marvin Gaye made an album, it would be my sound.

That Grape Juice:  We can’t wait.  For fans looking to get more on Alvester, where can they spot you next?

Alvester:  I’m going on tour!  It’s called the “Impressions” tour and I’m going to do some songs from the album.  People should come out to that and see me.

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Interview by:  Rashad (That Grape Juice US)

(@rashadtaylor517)

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  1. KissesForKelly October 1, 2014

    What a s*** man. I’m hella glad he’s not working with Tamar’s annoying ass anymore.

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  2. Anita Breadbaker October 1, 2014

    Luke James is better looking BUT Alvester seems to have that pop star quality, if he has better material he’ll be a problem 2bh.

    • KDreamer(Miguel Kissed Me) October 1, 2014

      Luke needs Miguel’s voice and Miguel needs Luke’s voice. I have to say that I am really like August’s debut album but it isn’t giving me anything vocally I can say I’m wowed by.

      • K.Rebelle October 1, 2014

        Luke would give me life everlasting if he gave me a song like Adorn.

      • AlexisAlsina October 1, 2014

        Luke will find his way in time, the one we need to be worried about is Usher Has No Direction Raymond.

    • likeyou October 1, 2014

      lol luke james is not better looking….you are delusional

  3. HistoRih October 1, 2014

    Isn’t this the one Buy My Own Albums Braxton outed?

    • KeriMeHome October 1, 2014

      Your fave used to date him so watch it sissie.

  4. AubreyOSlay October 1, 2014

    She was foul for that especially when everyone knows the tea about she and her sham marriage. Chicks in glass houses shouldn’t throw shady stones, cos we all know she had to keep pawning off those stones because her man is BROKE!
    Guess Vince’s wallet is the only thing about him that ain’t plus size.

    • TisforTamar October 1, 2014

      Tamar didn’t say what b****** didn’t already know and you better sit down with pawn talk seeing Aubrey ONay is an aspiring P*** star. Whack ass heaux.

      • Yonce LaBeija October 1, 2014

        Buy Your Own Albums Braxton is just pressed that he has a better shot of winning a Grammy than she does. #OopsDidISayThatAloud?

    • RICHIE_RICH October 1, 2014

      Well word on the Street of Atl is this, catch it:

      Apparently Vince Herbert ain’t the only one that’s been creeping since he and Tamar jumped the broom, in 2008. Our tipster has given up the deets on Tamar’s alleged secret smash affair with a now-incarcerated drug kingpin.

      We’re told… Tamar was lookin’ to lock ‘Mr. Rikk’ down before dude got locked up. Don’t believe me.. Just ask MajorGirl.
      “This guy is in prison now but was having an affair with ole girl.”

      Reports reveal.. Rikk — whose real name is Rickey Lamont Colley — was indicted on federal drug charges, back in June 2010. A source says, “He was neighbors with Tiny and TI… and seeing how Tamar always claims Tiny is her BFF, that worked out as the perfect alibi to tell Vince she was out with her girl but was really creeping across the street with Rikk the Hard Money Lender.”

      Here’s the drop:

      “Word is she begged him to save her from having to be with Vince and wanted to be reassured that Rikk would able to provide a comfortable lifestyle for her but Rikk said NO.

      Heard she found a way to buy him a watch.. with Vince’s money of course.. before he ended up going to prison.”

      Keep in mind you didn’t get this T from Richie boo!!!!!!

  5. Justin Bieber,Lady Gaga,Miley Cyrus,One Direction,Cheryl or Beyoncè October 1, 2014

    i like this buh why can’t i comment here what i do i needa know now

    • SoGone4Monica October 1, 2014

      Speak English.

      • Nicki is queen October 4, 2014

        Dead!

  6. BadGyalRita October 1, 2014

    I want him to spread my legs and inseminate me. #ThatIsAll

  7. RICHIE_RICH October 1, 2014

    That’s my good girl friend, Hey Ricky boo(he gone kill me )

  8. Nicki is queen October 4, 2014

    Why is this news

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