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First Person: After Nearly 20 Years Of Making Music, San Diego Songwriter ‘Hopes It All Matters’

Alfred Howard, co-founder of the Redwoods Music in an undated photo.

Credit: Kristy Walker

Above: Alfred Howard, co-founder of the Redwoods Music in an undated photo.

First Person: The Songwriter Who Is Trying To Improve San Diego’s Music Scene


Alfred Howard, co-founder, Redwoods Music


Special Feature First Person

KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

When Alfred Howard moved to San Diego from the east coast in 1999, he wasn’t much of a musician. But all that would change after reciting a poem, the first he had ever written, at a birthday party.

During his 20-year career in San Diego, Howard has performed spoken word with various bands, including the K-23 Orchestra. He has recorded 21 albums and co-founded The Redwoods Music, a San Diego-based record label featuring artists spanning various genres from rock to Americana and soul.

As part of our First Person series, Howard talks about how he found his voice as a songwriter.

Artists from The Redwoods Music are starting a residency at Panama 66 in Balboa Park beginning this Friday, Sept. 22 to mid-October.

The group also has a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for producing their upcoming records.

KPBS Technical Director Emily Jankowski contributed to this segment.

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