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Philip Bailey (born May 8, 1951, Denver, Colorado) is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, best known as one of the longtime members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Together with Verdine White and Ralph Johnson he forms the heart of the current EWF line-up on stage.

Before joining Earth, Wind & Fire in 1971, Bailey sung with different ensembles in the Denver and Chicago area.

Bailey found fame by sharing the lead vocals on EWF songs with EWF-founder Maurice White. Their harmonic voices are legendary. Bailey is most famous for his falsetto and sung lead on such songs as “Devotion”, “Head to the Sky”, “Reasons”, “Fantasy” and “I´ve Had Enough”. Some of Bailey’s earliest heroes included jazz giants like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Max Roach. But he also developed a taste for the Motown sound, especially the music of Stevie Wonder, who was just beginning to make his mark in the early 1960s. He was also greatly influenced by female singers like Dionne Warwick.

Bailey is currently the on-stage leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, along with bassist Verdine White, vocalist/percussionist Ralph Johnson and vocalist/percussionist B. David Whitworth.

Bailey has also recorded as a solo artist, as well as duets with Little Richard, Phil Collins and Eric Benet. His most notable song was a duet with Phil Collins, “Easy Lover” from his solo album Chinese Wall. Phil Collins, during a radio interview, was asked how “he discovered” Philip Bailey.


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  • puremusic4ever

    The Gospel song that really changed the course of my life for Christ is "They Say" recorded by Deniece Williams​ and Philip Bailey​. This song is really anointed. God really used two of my favorite artists to set me on the awesome path of Life! God bless both of you.

    14 Feb 4:07pm Reply
  • satan_88_level


    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FCA19795

    One of the greatest voices of all time. Scary how effortlessly he hits those high notes.

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Funkharp

    una delle migliori voci del XX e XXI secolo!

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • 2Serenity


    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • TylerDurden0905

    один из моих любимых голосов, чёткий поц

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • vyntage1

    Will Phyllip do another solo project? Time, and me, awaits the moment.

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • teh_mode

    One of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • bAzTNM

    Walking on the Chinese Wall! Great song.

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • SirDuke13

    Children of the Ghetto is nice. Hardcastle's version on Jazzmasters is good too.

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SteQ

    children of the ghetto

    23 Sep 2008 Reply

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