Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire

A revealing and heartfelt memoir from the lead singer of the mythical Earth, Wind & Fire

With greater than 90 million documents bought and 8 Grammy awards all through its forty-year historical past, Earth, Wind & fireplace has staked its declare as essentially the most profitable, influential, and liked acts in tune heritage. Now, for the 1st time, its dynamic lead singer Philip Bailey chronicles the group’s meteoric upward push to stardom and his personal specialist and non secular journey.

Never prior to had a musical act crossed a number of types and genres with a quixotic mix of astrology, Universalism, and Egyptology as Earth, Wind & fireplace (EWF) did whilst it exploded into the public’s judgment of right and wrong through the Seventies. The group’s indicates grew to become sensory studies with their dramatic staging, shimmering costumes, complicated choreography, baffling magic tips and a thumping backbeat. on the heart of it the gang used to be its charismatic founder Maurice White and Bailey, along with his hovering multi-octave diversity and exact falsetto. After being signed by means of recording titan Clive Davis, EWF went directly to produce a extraordinary sequence of platinum and gold albums and headline stadiums around the globe. As Philip and Maurice have been profoundly stimulated via genius manufacturer Charles Stepney, in addition to famed arranger David Foster, EWF increased Sly Stone’s multiethnic “I Wanna Take You greater” message to an excellent larger level.

Bailey hit the wall as a result of reputation, fortune, and the excesses of world succes. The consistent traveling and appearing took its toll on him publicly and privately. whereas White and Bailey’s relentless paintings ethic shot the band into the stratosphere, it additionally exhausted and emotionally gutted the gang. In 1983, White by surprise dismantled the band, leaving Bailey and the remainder of the participants to fend for themselves. As a solo act, Bailey recorded “Easy Lover,” a world wreck duet with Phil Collins, launching the following degree of his profession until eventually EWF reunited later that decade.

Shining megastar is the real tale of what occurs while genuine lifestyles exceeds your desires, while the facility and ache of creating a legacy brings either pleasure and faith-testing demanding situations.

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