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 he's made his rounds as a saxophonist for innumerable studio sessions with recording artists such as Anthony David, Algebra Blessett, and Khari Cabral.
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 and numerous subsequent solo releases, 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 has become a go-to composer for regional theatres looking to produce new works that extend beyond the "traditional" musical theatre sound. He co-composed the music for The Boy Who Kissed the Sky, a world premiere play based on the childhood of Jimi Hendrix and co-produced by Seattle Children's Theatre and the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. He also composed the music for the Alliance's Beautiful Blackbird and acclaimed animated short films, Sit-In & The Curious Cardinal. Eugene IV, a recipient of St. Louis Black Rep's prestigious Woodie Award, is an accomplished stage actor with a number of voiceover and screen credits to his name that include Disney's Secrets of Sulphur Springs, MacGyver, and countless commercials.