Singer Philip Chaffin at the Metropolitan Room: When the Wind Blows South
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Singer-actor Philip Chaffin revisits his Southern roots in his new show, When the Wind Blows South, inspired by his latest solo album (which Playbill named one of the top vocal CDs of 2008). Chaffin weaves reminiscences of his Louisiana and Mississippi upbringing with the songs of Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, George Gershwin and more — all with a Southern twist.
Philip Chaffin is currently celebrating the release of his third solo album, When the Wind Blows South. It’s a meeting of two worlds – the sounds of the South filtered through the music of Broadway and Hollywood – that embraces songwriters from George Gershwin to Frank Loesser, from Duke Ellington to Harold Arlen.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philip was hired – soon after college – as a vocalist with Ray Conniff and his Orchestra; he spent the next three years touring internationally. Upon his return to the U.S., he moved to New York, where he has appeared in concerts (including Encores! at City Center and Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y) and in theatrical evenings, including the Broadway premiere of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s King David.
His debut album, Where Do I Go From You?, featuring songs and arrangements of the big-band era, came out in November of 2000; Show Business called it “lush and lavish, a tenor’s dream….. Chaffin has a flexible and soaring instrument whose honey-colored timbre is both refreshing and sexy.” His second album, Warm Spring Night, took on seventy years of romantic Broadway song. National Public Radio raved, “If you have a love for passion and romance as expressed in great musical theatre songs, you should do yourself a favor and seek out Warm Spring Night, a wonderful collection of romantic musical numbers.”
p. ____ Where Do I Go From You? ____launched the record label PS Classics, for which Philip serves as A&R Director. These days, Philip divides his time between performing and running PS Classics, which is dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American Popular Song. Solo artists on the PS Classics roster include Maureen McGovern, Christine Andreas, Rebecca Luker, Jason Danieley, Jessica Molaskey and Victoria Clark; its cast albums – including Nine: The Musical, Assassins, Grey Gardens and Company – have been honored with four Grammy nominations.