MIKE PHILLIPS (The Album) is globally available today on all streaming and digital platforms, via the KIMM (Keep It Moving Music) / SRG ILS Group label imprint. The physical autographed album is also available at the SRG Store. This soon to be classic album was introduced to audiences with the lead Jazz chart-topping single, “City Lights“, which currently sits as a TOP 30 single across various charts. Immediately followed by the powerful rendition of the classic, “Lift Every Voice And Sing“. The masterpiece and touching version of the song was released in celebration of this year’s annual Juneteenth celebration and it’s status as an official National Holiday. It was then followed by the up-tempo and newly fan-favorite, “Hangin’ With Mr. D.“. “MIKE PHIILLIPS” (The Album) features guest appearances from Brian McKnight and The Good Times Horns.
The lead single from the new album is the beautiful smooth-jazz, “CITY LIGHTS” written by Claude Villani and produced by Hamilton Hardin. “I had the melody for City Lights in my head for years and one day I played it for Mike and he really connected with it and well, the rest is history,” mentions Claude Villani. “It always reminds me of a summer day when I hear it,” he adds. “The CEO of SRG who is a musician and who went to Berklee College of Music and who takes music seriously, has a keen understanding and love for music and I’m honored to take a song that he wrote over 40 years ago and bring it to life with the assistance of producer Hamilton Hardin,” shares Mike Phillips.
Another highlight from the album is the world-genre infused, “The Deep Chocolate“. “When I look at my son Mike Jr. this song is for him. This is the nickname he gave himself. He came home one day and told me to call him “ The Deep Chocolate” from now on. He is in a school with a great education, but not as diverse as I would like it to be. So him being clear about the love of his beautiful chocolate skin is something I love and it makes me proud. The African elements is a tribute to him and how in love he is with his culture,” he mentions.
“Then you have “Tyrone’s Corner”, which is a clean song that has constant reminders of the real Kenny G ( Kenny Garrett ). It was molded around his vibe, but with my playing perspective woven inside of it. It’s a smart song, full of wit and intelligence like my son, Tyson.”
“Insatiable Lover“, is a melodic journey of a person who loves and wants someone so much. But no matter how much time they spend together, still can’t get enough of them.”
MIKE PHILLIPS TOUR STOPS:
Sun-Jul-10 | Los Angeles, CA @ Jazz at St. Andrews
Fri-Jul-22 | Missouri City, TX @ Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine & Bar
Sat-Jul-23 | Nashville, TN @ Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival
Tue-Aug-2 | Chicago, IL @ City Winery Chicago
Sat-Aug-13 | Omaha, NE @ The Capitol District
Fri-Sep-16 | Charlotte, NC @ Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Sat-Sep-17 | Raleigh, NC @ A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater
Sun-Sep-18 | Bethesda, MD @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
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