Art, now a licensed ordained minister, is the godson of famed jazz trumpeter, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and his father, James "Smokey" McAllister was also a songwriter, penning songs that charted in Billboards Top 40 Pop Chart in the mid 60's.
Art himself has a background in music that includes 4 years as a staff songwriter for EMI Music, and stints as music director and keyboardist for former "Tower of Power" lead vocalist, Lenny Williams and also for Michael Jackson's sister "Rebbie" and several of his songs have charted as singles and title cuts for both artists.
Having spent a considerable amount of time at numerous recording studios and record companies in and around Hollywood, Ca, including Motown, Art has been in the studio with and gleaned from many well known recording artists including Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
However it was the pressure of seeking success in the music industry along with the influences of the lifestyle which were among the key factors that lead Art into a pathway of drugs that found him in the downward spiral of drug addiction, incarceration and lost without hope.
"Born Again" in February 1996, miraculously delivered from drug addiction by the same power that raised Jesus from the grave, Art was set free from a life that included 6 years of drugs, homelessness and incarceration and has faithfully committed his musical skills and ability to the spreading of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ as an evangelist, psalmist, teacher, preacher and worship leader.