Eugene IV, born and raised in southwest Atlanta, is a multi-talented vocalist, musician, songwriter, and award-winning actor. It was in elementary school that he discovered his passion for music and hasn’t looked back. From these humble beginnings, he’s gone on to share stages with artists such as Grammy Winners Ann Nesby and India.Arie as well as jazz legend Earl Klugh and the France-based duo Les Nubians. While becoming known as the go-to saxophonist for innumerable studio sessions for recording artists such as Anthony David, Algebra Blessett, and Khari Cabral, he is often called upon to the wear the musical director hat for live shows with bands that cover a bit of everything.
As both a vocalist and saxophonist, he’s a longstanding member of the funk/soul band Gurufish, opening for the likes of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Boyz II Men, KC & the Sunshine Brand, Brand New Heavies, and Mother’s Finest. As sonically reflected throughout his debut solo project Starving Artist, Eugene IV has an equal affinity for soul, gospel, jazz, and hip-hop. “My musical inspirations run the gamut from Public Enemy and De La Soul to Earth, Wind & Fire, Walter Hawkins, and Wayne Shorter,” says Eugene IV.
Eugene IV had the honor of playing the roles of composer, producer, and performer for “Beautiful Blackbird: Original Alliance Theatre Cast Recording,” the cast recording of a world premiere by the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. Eugene IV is also an award-winning actor and accomplished voiceover artist with numerous stage and screen credits including the TV series MacGyver, Star, and Tyler Perry’s The Oval.
His new single, “’Brand New Day’, features the sampled voice of his late mother and is grounded in the tradition of African American freedom songs. It was created to meet an artistic challenge by the late legendary Civil Rights activist Vincent Harding. “I was inspired to write this song by a conversation with Vincent,” says Eugene IV, who wrote, sings, and plays saxophone on the single. “He challenged me to use my music to paint a picture of the America that I long for. It reveals a picture of what the other side of the fight for justice looks like - a sonic moment that moves the listener to close their eyes, breathe deeply, and envision a positive new day.”