Barbadian Vocalist holds Beautiful Surprise for Ppl – He does ballads apart from Masala

When Philip Scantlebury hits the stage the last thing one would expect to hear is the raw, edgy alternative rock sound he has become best known for.

A striking presence and captive vocals has served to carve a niche for Philip in a musical genre not typically known for its West Indian roots. He is one of the most popular alternative vocalists in Barbados whose talent began to bloom over a decade ago when he began performing with the local RnB a capella group Suave.

Here is where the development of his vocal range and versatility began. Shortly after the break up of Suave, Philip was invited to audition for the blues and soul band ?Acoustic Blue?. Needless to say, the audition was successful and Philip?s evolution as a performer began.

It was also with Acoustic Blue that he got bitten by the rock bug. They were brave, crazy, in your face and undaunted. It was in this environment that Philip felt he had outgrown playing covers and yearned to play original music.

Eventually gaining a spot on the local nightclub circuit the band changed its name to Le Groove and began performing at McBride?s Irish pub. Under the name Le Groove, Philip recorded six original tracks ? notably ?Without You? and ?Where Were You?. The singles became a staple on local radio and one could say here is where Philip?s local fan base began to grow.

Philip?s journey continued as a vocalist with the Toni Norville Project further impressing audiences with his range of sweet RnB and reggae vocals. Such was his passion for the stage that he teamed up with singer Kirk Browne and formed the band ?Strategy?.

This partnership cemented Philip as a local star of the stage and allowed him to work on his songwriting skills as he became a weekly feature at various venues across the island. After a year with the Strategy band, Philip decided to return to the genre that brought him the most satisfaction.

The year 2005 witnessed the emergence of the alternative band Masala – a 7 piece band featuring Philip together with some of island?s most versatile musicians. Together they tirelessly rehearse and fine tune their sound to set the band apart from any other as they incorporate various genres of music into their alternative rock set.

Local music producer Gary Serrao of Gee Wizz Studios keenly watched Philip?s evolution over the years and introduced him to Canadian music producer Derek Brin. This marked yet another milestone in Philip?s career. So impressed was Derek with Philip?s vocal style that they recorded the edgy soulful track ?
Beautiful Surprise? – a song which had been penned by songwriters in a Sony/BMG songwriters camp.

Then came the song?s reggae remix which was recorded by the legendary Clive Hunt at Harmony Studios, Jamaica.

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