Web site: http://www.philperry.org/
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Vocalist and songwriter Phil Perry’s rise to the top has been a long and fruitful journey. The East St. Louis native got his first break in the music business as the lead vocalist of the 1970’s soul group The Montclairs. After the group disbanded both he and former member Kevin Sanlin formed the duo Perry and Sanlin. The two recorded a pair of records on Capitol that received positive press and some airplay during the early 1980’s.
During the 80’s Perry became a highly demanded back-up vocalist singing with the likes of Johnny Mathis, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Boz Scaggs, and Rod Stewart. He is also a successful songwriter.
Phil’s breakout hit “Call Me,” a remake of Aretha Franklin’s 1970 hit, sky-rocked to the number # spot on the R & B charts from his debut album “The Heart of The Man” in 1991. His unique falsetto voice mixed with his soul stylings from the 1970’s made him a bone-fide vocalist among soul fans. During the 1990’s he recorded with GRP Records and Private Music in what would become part of the smooth jazz genre that dominated both urban and adult contemporary stations here in the states. Perry didn’t sell out, but vowed to take more of a direct approach when it came to producing and writing his own material.
Phil has been one of the most underrated and talented soul singers in the business. Unlike his contemporaries Will Downing, Jeffery Osborne, and Freddy Jackson, as radio continues to play younger R & B oriented vocalists and groups, he continues to carry out the romantic and classy stylings of soul music. Even his live performances features music and songs from artists as diverse as Blue Magic, War, and The Spinners.
Throughout the last decade he’s released two critically acclaimed discs “A Mighty Love” and “Ready for Love.” In addition to that, recorded a disc with Tony Award Winner Melba Moore paying tribute to the soul greats titled “The Gift of Love.”