Born in Kingston, Jamaica W.I., and raised in southern California, singer songwriter Philip Bardowell was introduced to music at an early age when he began piano lessons at the age of five. He was influenced early on by songwriting greats: The Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Queen, Earth Wind And Fire and Bob Marley to name a few.
By the age of twelve, he taught himself how to play guitar and formed his first band, along with his brother Habib and their friend "Full House" actor, John Stamos. At the age of 21, already an accomplished pianist and guitarist, Philip found himself on the road backing the legendary surf duo, Jan and Dean as their bassist and backup vocalist. Consequently, Mike Love of the legendary Beach Boys, hired Philip to serve as lead guitarist and vocalist in his Endless Summer Beach Band. By the age of 27, Philip teamed up with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley of KISS fronting Peter's band "CRISS" as lead singer and rhythm guitarist after a friend suggested that he audition for the position.
After serving this role for two years, Philip befriended Beach Boy, Carl Wilson when Carl heard Philip sing at a birthday party for Mike Love. It was there that Philip's voice caught Carl's attention and prompted him to call on Philip to sing his parts as a member of the Beach Boys touring band when he became stricken with cancer. After Carl's passing in 1996, Philip continued in his role as lead guitarist and vocalist for the Beach Boys until 2001 when he left the band to pursue a solo career.
Philip's first solo album, "In A Perfect World…" was released later that year and was met with success and great reviews. It immediately got Philip's music noticed by the likes of radio personalities Mark and Brian of 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles who invited Philip with his newly-formed band, Day After Rain, to play a one hour set live on-air as the winner of the Mark And Brian Best Unsigned Artist competition. Philip and his band's performance on that show prompted T.V. personality, Wayne Brady to call in and invite the band to appear on the Wayne Brady Show.
Philip is also known for his role as lead vocalist in the Frontline Records Christian Rock band, MAGDALEN together with former House Of Lords members Chuck Wright, Lanny Cordola and Ken Mary. His voice has often been compared to such masters as Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Don Henley (The Eagles) Sting (The Police) and Bono (U2). He has been a part of countless albums in the Contemporary Christian genre appearing on albums for Maranatha Records, Promise Keepers and Reggae Worship volumes 1 and 2 for Frontline Records, to name a few.
Currently, Philip is working on another record for Naples, Italy-based Frontiers Records, where he appeared as lead vocalist for the band Unruly Child in 2003 and released his first solo album on the label, In The Cut, in 2005. His most recent work is a collaboration with recording artist, Bruce Turgon (Foreigner, Shadowking). Philip continues to write and record music as he serves as worship leader at The Gate (www.thegateoc.com) church in Laguna Hills, Ca. His latest release, Fall To Rise, is slated for release on July 1st, 2007 on the independent label, Kingstown Music.
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