L.A.-based Phillip Brandon unites funk, jazz, and rock on new EP
(Published: December 14, 2013)
It wouldn't be a stretch to describe Phillip Brandon as the intersection between Luther Vandross and Bruno Mars. Brandon unites the velvety croon of Vandross with the buoyant, colorfully shifting versatility of Mars. Nothing seems out of artistic range for Brandon. On his latest self-titled EP, Brandon reaches into funk, jazz, and the blues, stitching together his varied influences with an assortment of supremely catchy and emotionally uplifting songs.
Although this EP marks his debut as a recording artist, Brandon is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. After graduating from Morehouse College, The L.A.-based Brandon has worked with The Trans Siberian Orchestra and The Color Purple Broadway national tour. Raised on musical icons as diverse as Ray Charles and Journey, Brandon's future as a musician was already scheduled.
The EP immediately offers a glimpse of Brandon's inspirations, filtered through the lens of his own vision. "Turn Around" certainly recalls the midnight romanticism of Vandross in his prime. With its sparkling electric guitars, "On My Mind" drives to a completely different path, leaning towards rock & roll. With Brandon, expect the unexpected, from the unplugged balladry of "My Friend" to the bluesy touches of "Sail On."
Brandon's voice - rich with depth and passion - unites the pieces together. The EP flows well, leaping from one genre to another without jarring the listener. Just as important, it showcases various sides of a new talent who just might become an influential force.
More Information: http://www.phillipbrandon.com