Versatile singer Phillip Brandon, who played BeBe Winans in the Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical”) directed Born for This: The Musical released his debut album The Story Begins on October 20, 2017. Phillip sings rock, R&B, jazz, pop and gospel.
The Story Begins project offers 10 selections that combine those musical styles. The project has production assistance from songwriter Preston Glass (Natalie Cole, Kenny G) and Dr Ford).
“I wanted to get all the crazy out,” Phillip said about touring with Rock band Trans Siberian Orchestra. “I tour with the Rock band even now…seasonal tours…holiday tours…Far East. We played in 50 cities in six weeks. Fast forward to this album…I wanted to see where I fit. I had a chance to come up with my own sound.”
The Story Begins has is an uplifting themed release that features vocal stylings as diverse as the genres Brandon covers.
“I like to see the silver lining. That keeps us going. The main thing for me is to make it a journey of hope navigated through love…so much is going on in the world.”
Brandon’s mother Brenda Davis provided vocal background support for the album. She was briefly a Ray Charles Raelette. Others who assisted included Victor A. Caracedo, a Spanish drummer, Eugene Gorskiy a Ukrainian guitarist, Stan Loken an American keyboardist and Carlitos Cuba a Cuban bassist.
“This is my first full album,” Brandon said. “I did one in 2013. I have been blessed to work full-time in some form of entertainment for 10 years. I said I’m doing all these projects for other folks…what about my story. That’s where it started – in 2013.”
“My background in music covers old school – Whispers and O’Jays,” Phillip admitted when asked what genre is close to his heart. “My mother brought me my first record, Ashford & Simpson’s “Solid as a Rock. I approach everything from the foundation of the soul. The Rock band opened me up to different sounds. It can still be Soul but have a Rock element.”
My favorite songs on The Story Begins include #2 “Chocolate Child” because he sounds more comfortable on this selection – an R&B/Jazz flavored song, #3 “Come On” a sweet smooth jazz selection where he is at his vocal best and #8 “Mystic Bleu” a funky R&B selection.
Learn more about Phillip Brandon by following him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ PhillipBrandon2.
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