Respect | Phil Watkis

Irie Magazine | Respect | Phil Watkis

Phil Watkis


From Rebel Salute in Jamaica to Roots Home Coming Festival in the Gambia, Soul Fest in Canada and Aarhus Reggae Festival in Denmark, reggae singer-songwriter Phil Watkis has been hard a work leaving his musical imprint on the world. Born in St. Ann, Jamaica, Phil’s calling was apparent from his earliest memory of basking in the sun under a tree, strumming a borrowed guitar as nature chimed in with a bird chirping to the melody. The universe had send a clear message, music had chosen him.

Honing his craft by composing, creating and high school friendly clashes with fellow schoolmates, Phil credits much of his early musical development to renowned producer Mikey Bennett who provided sound musical advice and guidance. The latter culminated in several well-received musical offering such as ‘Falling For You’, ‘Mama Struggles’, ‘Face The Hardest’ and ‘Broken Promises’, which led to modest hits making their way unto international airwaves. Summer 2017 saw Phil performing on some of the biggest reggae festival with his breakthrough single ‘Hustlers Anthem’, released by Vpal Music / Vp Records.

Having had the honor of productions by some of the most notables names in the reggae business, namely Mikie Bennett, Dean Fraser, Eloy Daron and Romel Marshall among others, Phil and his production team Radical Roots Records, have also contributed to his growing discography.

On May 16, 2018, Phil Watkis and his production team Radical Roots Records (RRR) and Small Axe Music Pro, released the long overdue Debut Album ‘The Insurrection’, featuring 15 solid tracks.

Phil is very optimistic about his future in all his musical endeavors as he continues to make great lasting quality music.

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