vocalist: tenor, guitar
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 young age of 20, 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 time he was 25, 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.When Philip sang at a birthday party for Beach Boy front man, Mike Love, he was befriended by Beach Boy, Carl Wilson. Carl asked Philip to sing in his place as a member of the Beach Boys touring band when Carl 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 write and record his own music and pursue other endeavors.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 noticed by radio per sonalities 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.In 2001, Philip began what would become a path to full time ministry when he took a part -time position as worship leader at a local church at the prompting of the pastor who saw his potential and ability to usher people into God's presence through music. This experience changed his life and Philip decided that it was time to leave the road behind him and start on the road to a life in Him.Philip continues to write and record music as he serves as a worship leader in Southern California.
His latest album, "Fall To Rise", was released on August 1st, 2007 on the independent label, Kingstown Music. Most recently, Philip signed on as the lead vocalist of Christian music's answer to the Trans Siberian Orchestra-The Northern Lights Orchestra, featuring such noted Christian artists as Bob Carlisle, Jon Gibson, Rose Stone and Eddie James.
A featured performer at LA Curbside Entertainment, Philip is currently performing curbside.