Al McKay (born February 2, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and former member of the American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire. Al used to lead his own group Al McKay's L.A. All Stars with former EWF members Johnny Graham, Fred White (younger brother of EWF founders Maurice White and Verdine White), Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris of the former Phenix Horns, and Andrew Woolfolk. An album, entitled Al Dente, from this group was released through import.
Throughout most the 70's and 80's , Al has been hired for numerous studio-sessions from different artists, and produced/composed for various projects, including The Temptations (Truly for You - 1984 / Motown), A Taste of Honey (Ladies of the Eighties - 1982 / Capitol), Finis Henderson (Finis - 1982 / Motown), among many others. His instructional lesson-video for Starlicks Video, appeared on VHS in the mid-80's. With a re-designed video-sleeve it was re-issued again on VHS during the 90's.
He now performs with his band The Al McKay Allstars, performing a show called The Earth, Wind & Fire Experience and tours along the major jazz festivals in the world with this fourteen-piece ensemble. There is also a live-DVD from this project , which is filmed in Eastern-Europe.
Al is a left-handed guitar player.