All of the great singers possess certain distinctive qualities that cannot easily be replicated or denied. It could be a highly personalized style that makes them instantly recognizable, an unrivaled sense of interpretation and phrasing, an otherworldly sense of soul or an ability to employ subtle vocal nuances that take a song to new heights. Aretha and Stevie have it and Michael and Marvin did too. Singer Phil Perry, one of the greatest balladeers of our time, certainly fits the bill. Born in Springfield, Illinois and raised in East St. Louis, he settled in the Los Angeles area after moving there in 1979 to record two albums as a duo (Perry and Sanlin) for Capitol Records with writing partner, Kevin Sanlin. Later, Perry wrote songs for the late Noel Pointer, and three songs for Aretha Franklin, including her hit United Together.
As vocalist and composer Phil Perry’s flawless falsetto, velvety smooth pipes and keen musical sensibilities have made him one of the greatest voices in R&B. It is no wonder why Down Beat Magazine once dubbed Perry as “The Pavarotti of Jazz.” The Los Angeles Times raves, Perry has tremendous range spotless falsetto, and his sheer enthusiasm, amazing pipes, while Smooth Jazz Magazine declares that Phil’s voice, consistently oozes that natural sweetness and sincerity that can only come from a singer of his high caliber. Jazz Times Magazine captured the heart and soul of Phil Perry when they declared that he creates “joyous, romantic magic.” One of the most in-demand singers on the music scene, Perry remains busy and has a list of enviable credits, i.e., Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, the late George Duke, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Dave Koz, Bobby Womack, and Rod Stewart. On January 20, 2015 Shanachie Entertainment will release Phil Perry’s eleventh album as a solo artist, and the sixth for the label, A Better Man.