Born in the musical melting pot of New Orleans, both his mother and father were accomplished artists in their own right. Al landed his first professional gig at the age of eighteen when he was offered a job as guitarist for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Al McKay quickly garnered a reputation as versatile session player, working with jazz, pop and R&B artists. Al was subsequently introduced to and also hired by the late Sammy Davis Jr. Everyone from Andy Williams and Pearl Bailey to The Sylvers and Isaac Hayes made use of his distinctive sound.
From 1973 to 1981 Al was responsible for the Chicago band Earth Wind & Fire's instantly recognizable sound, but was also writer and co-writer on some of their most enduring hits. After eight years and seven albums, Al left Earth, Wind & Fire but continued to keep his hand in music through production and writing projects.
In the early 90’s he re-emerged as the front man for what became known as the Al McKay Allstars. A major world-wide attraction, they have become an international concert draw among diehard ,as well as a whole new generation of fans of, Al and his music.