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Phil Perry: Say Yes

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Whether divine intervention or unbelievable luck, soul-jazz singer Phil Perry very narrowly escaped becoming a victim of the 9/11 attacks. Perry was scheduled to perform at the World Trade Center that lunchtime. The psychological after-effects left him in a state of severe artistic depression that lasted six years, derailing a thriving career that had begun with the R&B group the Montclairs and continued with various solo projects.

Principal among Perry’s post-depression saviors is producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, who has guided the vocalist’s comeback, overseeing five releases since 2006, including Say Yes. Davis is also the album’s musical backbone, providing all of the keyboard sequencing and writing four of its five original tunes.

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