Nominee – 1996 6th Annual LA Music Awards
Philip Bailey (born May 8, 1951) is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as one of the longtime members of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Noted for his four-octave vocal range and distinctive falsetto register, Bailey has won seven Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. Bailey was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with the band.
Bailey has released several solo albums. Chinese Wall from 1985, which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, included the global hit, “Easy Lover”, a duet with Phil Collins. “Easy Lover” won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.
William Edward Childs (born March 8, 1957), best known as Billy Childs, is a composer and jazz pianist from Los Angeles.
Childs began piano lessons when he was six. At the age of 16, he started attending the Community School of the Performing Arts, a prestigious music program sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC). After having studied theory there with Marienne Uszler and piano with John Weisenfluh, he attended USC (1975–79), earning a bachelor of music degree in composition, under the tutelage of Robert Linn.
Childs was playing professionally as a teenager and he made his recording debut in 1977 with the J. J. Johnson Quintet during a tour of Japan that is documented as the Yokohama Concert. He gained significant attention during his six-years (1978–84) playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s group. While influenced early on in his playing by Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, and Chick Corea and in his composing by Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky, Childs nevertheless had an original conception of his own from near the start, developing his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music genres.
Ken Allardyce Assistant Engineer
Philip Bailey Performer, Vocals
Floriana Bivona-Lockner Translation
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Billy Childs Performer, Piano
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Ira Coleman Bass
Chick Corea Composer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Jim De Barros Cover Design, Design
Fareed Haque Guitar (Classical)
Roy Hargrove Performer, Trumpet
Steve Holroyd Assistant Engineer
James Mack Arranger, Composer, Conductor, Producer
Sid Page Concert Master
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Neville Potter Composer
Bill Preskill Producer
William Preskill Producer
Adrian Rosen Contractor
Wolfgang Steuhl Translation
Darryl Thompson Guitar (Electric)
Heitor Villa-Lobos Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Bobby Watson Performer, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Tony Williams Drums