Archive for January 23, 2011

This Valentine’s weekend, cruise the Hudson river aboard the luxurious Spirit of New York and listen to the smooth sounds of Phil Perry! There truly is no better way to spend this special evening. Breathe in the moonlit Manhattan skyline, indulge in delicious food and fine beverages, and enjoy a romantic performance by the one and only Phil Perry! Treat the one you love to a truly unforgettable Valentine’s experience!

Please note that food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.

Born and raised in East St. Louis, Phil Perry has spent most of his career as one of the most sought-after backing vocalists in the music business. His bright, multi-octave range has played a supporting role on dozens of albums by such acts as Anita Baker, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart, Peabo Bryson and George Duke. But he has also distinguished himself through five strong solo albums that have highlighted both his ability to interpret classic soul songs as well as his own songwriting skills.

Phil Perry first came to the attention of Soul Music fans as the lead singer of the Montclairs, whose “Begging’s Hard to Do” was a moderate hit in 1972. After a brief stint as part of the singing duo Perry and Sanlin, Perry went solo in 1991 with The Heart of a Man, an album most notable for Perry’s remake of Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me.” His follow-up album, 1994’s Pure Pleasure, was perhaps his best, and included fantastic remakes of “After the Love is Gone” and “If Only You Knew” and a seven minute cover of the Spinners’ “Love Don’t Love Nobody” that was sheer magic. During the 90s, Perry also received increased coverage on Smooth Jazz radio through his guest work on albums by Lee Ritenour, the Rippingtons and others, and inspired Windham Hill subsidiary Private Music to sign him. His Private Music debut, One Heart One Love, hit the top five. On his follow-up album, My Book of Love, Perry began to take a more active role in songwriting and production, putting his personal imprint beyond the vocal performance. This led to his lead songwriting role on 2001’s Magic, an excellent album on Peak Records that showed Phil Perry in complete control over his music.

Phil’s most recent album Ready For Love (released August 2008) entered the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart at #4. Produced by the master of the Urban ballad, Chris ‘Big Boy’ Davis (Will Downing, Maysa, Najee) and joined by special guest, smooth jazz superstar Kim Waters, Ready For Love is drenched in sensuous grooves and passionate melodies. Join us aboard The Spirit of New York on Friday, February 12th as we ready ourselves for love this Valentine’s Day!

The Spirit of New York – 2 Cruises
February 11th, 6:30PM
February 11th, 9:30PM

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