Philip Bailey: The Shining Star Joins Students

By 
Berklee Office of Communications
April 28, 2009
Philip Bailey is well-known more for his voice, but he's also a world-class percussionist.
Philip Bailey (right) and his son, Philip Bailey Jr., sing together at the Berklee Performance Center.
Philip Bailey leads the Berklee gospel group, Overjoyed.
Students Jenna O'Gara and Kevin Ross meet at center stage to perform Bailey's hit, "Easy Lover."
Student Mario Guthrie takes lead on Bailey's "Jupiter."
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

One of the highlights of the 2008–2009 Music Series at Berklee arrived in March when vocalist and percussionist Philip Bailey performed a night of his music with students. Bailey, whose four-octave vocal range and songwriting ability helped make Earth, Wind & Fire one of the biggest pop groups of the 1970s and beyond, took to the stage after a week of working closely with students behind the scenes. 

Songs on the program for Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire included classics like "September," "Devotion," "Fantasy," and "Shining Star." Click on the photo to get a few glimpses of the concert.