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Dubbed "the love child of Luther Vandross and Steven Tyler" by the Village Voice's Michael Musto, Kenyon Phillips knows how to put on a show. The wildly theatrical singer, songwriter, actor, writer, model, dancer, and DJ has been busy "being there, doing that" all over New York City since the days of Y2K.
In addition to founding and fronting the bands Roma! and Unisex Salon, Kenyon has written and produced songs for Amy Poehler, Joey Arias, Raven O, and Sherry Vine; moonlighted as emcee of notorious vaudeville nightclub The Box; performed with renowned "punk ballerina" and choreographer Karole Armitage; and appeared as a silhouetted dancer in multiple campaigns for the Apple iPod. As he puts it, "There are very few things that I won't do for money."
Backed by his all-girl band The Ladies in Waiting, Kenyon's latest incarnation is a blend of glam rock, surrealist theater, and cabaret that's bolstered by surprise appearances from downtown celebs like Arias, Musto and 92 year-old chanteuse Ilona Royce Smithkin.
With influences ranging from Roxy Music to "Thriller"-era Michael Jackson, Kenyon's sound tends to err on the dancier side of glam.
His debut EP – a collaboration with multi-platinum award-winning producer, mixer and songwriter David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Cowboy Junkies, Crash Test Dummies, IMA Robot) – is set for release this spring.