Name: Phil Perry
Members: Phil Perry
Genre: Jazz & R&B
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5 of 5)
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.
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.