Raised "in the record business", Third World Earl (Earl Swindell), was directly influenced as a child by great artists such as James Brown and Little Richard just by being around those greats, in recording studios and at the live shows - Earl soaked in all the sounds that helped shape his career as a soul singer later on.
Like many successful artists before him, Earl was raised in and around the community church and was a member of the church choir from the tender age of seven. Once a little older, Earl was a personal valet for James Brown and moved on to become his Promotional Director at Polydor Records.
Earl has said, "My work experience with James Brown was better than any formal education I could've received by merely studying those styles in the books and by the recordings - being around that energy was important to my style and talents today."
His style is reminiscent of those greats that he always listened to and studied such as Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Al Green, BB King and James Brown.
Earl is unique in that he truly dedicates his music to the Children of the World.