Philip Eugene “Phil” Perry (born January 12, 1952 in Springfield, Illinois) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, musician and a former member of the soul group The Montclairs from 1971 to 1975. He is the father of rapper Oliver the 2nd.
In 1972, The Montclairs recorded under the Paula label with minor soul ballads that included “Dreaming’s Out Of Season”, “Prelude to a Heartbreak”, and “Begging’s Hard To Do”. The Montclairs left Paula Records and disbanded in 1975. Perry later moved to California with former Montclair, Kevin Sanlin, and teamed up as a duo, that had a short stay with two albums, at Capitol in the early 1980s (produced by Chuck Jackson and Dr. Cecil Hale). One song ‘Just to Make You Happy’ had a respectable level of success in radio.
In 1985 he married singer Lillian “Tang” Tynes, and began a marriage partnership that has lasted ever since. As vocalists, the Perrys are featured singing background for numerous projects and TV/Radio jingles, as well as in a duet titled ‘Do Not Disturb’ on the One Heart One Love album, released in 1998. ‘Lill’ Perry is also featured on the background vocals of Perry’s first five solo albums. The nearly 33 year marriage has produced four children, Joseph (rapper: OliverThe2nd), Paloma, Philip II, and Jacob. In the 1990s, he had his biggest success with the number-one R&B hit “Call Me” (previously recorded and written by Aretha Franklin), a remake of the 1970 hit, as well as the top forty R&B singles “Amazing Love” and “Forever” (written by Brenda Russell) all from the hit album, Perry’s first solo release The Heart of the Man (1991), even though he has released many albums since his breakthrough in 1991. Phil Perry is also featured on many GRP Records projects, and is considered to be a GRP ALL-STAR featured with such smooth jazz icons as guitarists Lee Ritenour and Russ Freeman and pianist Don Grusin.
He is a featured vocalist on recordings by Michel Colombier, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Freddie Hubbard, George Duke, Najee, Bill Withers, Barbra Streisand, June Pointer, Johnny Mathis, The Benoit-Freeman Project (David Benoit & Russ Freeman), Sergio Mendes, Bobby Womack, Chaka Khan, Fourplay, George Benson, and Will Downing, to name a few. Solo hits also include “Love Don’t Love Nobody” and “One Heart, One Love”. He is also featured on the Bebe’s Kids soundtrack singing a track with the late Renee Diggs. Other film song credits include ‘Roots”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Short Circuit”, “Mr. Wonderful”, “Nice Girls Don’t Explode”, Riding Bean, “Captain Ron” and a cameo appearance in the 2009 release of the Harrison Ford film “CROSSING OVER”.
In 1991, he released his first solo album on Capitol and toured with label mate, Dave Koz for the next 2-3 years.
1. Amazing Love – 4:26
2. Say Anything – 5:25
3. Forever – 4:57
4. Woman – 5:32
5. Who Do You Love – (bonus track) – 4:24
6. More Nights – 4:52
7. Call Me – 4:38
8. (Forever In The) Arms Of Love – 5:34
9. The Best of Me – 4:48
10. God’s Gift to the World (with CeCe Winans) – 5:20
11. Good-Bye – 3:52
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Mastered At – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Made By – Capitol Jax
Phil Perry, CeCe Winans (vocals)
Don Griffin, Carlos Rios, Paul Jackson, Mike Landau, Randy Bowland, Lee Ritenour (guitar)
Everette Harp, Andy Najara, Ernie Watts, Brandon Fields, Dave Koz (saxophone)
David Woodford, Don Grusin (piano, synthesizer)
David Garfield, Donald Robinson (keyboards)
Jimmy Johnson, Gerald Veasley (bass)
Jeff Porcaro, Carlos Vega (drums)
Brenda Russell, Phillip Ingram, Gabe Hardeman, Spencer Harrison, Charlene Holloway (background vocals)
- Art Direction – Tommy Steele
- Design – Johnny Lee
- Engineer [Assistant] – Alejandro Rodriguez (tracks: 3, 6, 11), Garl Angstadt (tracks: 10), Chris Fuhrman (tracks: 3, 6, 11), Chris Trevett (tracks: 1), Greg Loskorn (tracks: 2), John Kraus (tracks: 10), Mike Harlow (tracks: 1), Mike Kloster (tracks: 4), Paula “Max” Garcia (tracks: 2), Robert Read (tracks: 8), Sal Viarelli (tracks: 10)
- Executive-Producer – Bruce Lundvall
- Management – Dan Cleary Management Associates
- Mastered By – Wally Traugott
- Mixed By – Alan Hirshberg (tracks: 8), Brian Malouf (tracks: 2), Don Murray (tracks: 4), Earl Cohen (tracks: 1), Humberto Gatica (tracks: 9), Michael Tarsia (tracks: 10), Mick Guzauski (tracks: 7), Steve Sykes (tracks: 5), Tom Vicari (tracks: 3, 6, 11)
- Mixed By [Assistant] – Craig Porteils (tracks: 7), Patrick Mac Dougall (tracks: 2)
- Photography By – Jeff Katz
- Recorded By – Al Alberts, Jr. (tracks: 10), Alan Hirshberg (tracks: 8), David Rideau (tracks: 7), Don Murray (tracks: 4), Earl Cohen (tracks: 1), Howard Lee Woolen (tracks: 2), John Arrias (tracks: 9), John Beverly Jones (tracks: 3, 6, 11), John Carter (tracks: 3, 6, 11), Randy Waldman (tracks: 9), Richard McKernan (tracks: 5), Steve Sykes (tracks: 5)
- Recorded By [Assistant] – Guy Defazio (tracks: 9), Kevin Fisher (3) (tracks: 7)
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style: Contemporary R&B, Soul, RnB/Swing
Label – Capitol Records