Phillip Bailey Shining Star
April 17, 2015•11 min
With more than 90 million records sold and eight Grammy awards throughout its 40-year history, Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts in music history. EWF’s lead singer, Philip Bailey joined the group’s second lineup in 1972, three years after the band’s communal inception in Chicago by revered musical mastermind Maurice White. As Maurice guided Philip and the band into a wild musical ride of mysticism, magic and high spirituality, it was Philip’s vocal prowess that helped push the band from experimental obscurity to mainstream explosion. Now, Philip Bailey offers his story of triumph and challenges—chronicling the band’s iconic rise to the top, in his memoir Shining Star, out in paperback.