A revealing and heartfelt memoir from the lead singer of the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire
With more than ninety million
records sold and eight Grammy Awards throughout their forty-year history, Earth,
Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful,
influential, and beloved acts in music history. Now, for the first time, its
dynamic lead singer, Philip Bailey, chronicles the group’s meteoric rise to
stardom and his own professional and spiritual journey.
Never before had a musical
act crossed multiple styles and genres with a quixotic blend of astrology, universalism, and egyptology as Earth, Wind & Fire did when it
exploded into the public’s conscience during the 1970s. The group’s shows
became sensory experiences with their dramatic staging, shimmering costumes,
elaborate choreography, baffling magic tricks, and thumping backbeat. At the
center of the group was its charismatic founder, Maurice White, and Bailey,
with his soaring multioctave range and distinctive falsetto. After being signed
by recording titan Clive Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire went on to produce a remarkable series of
platinum and gold albums and to headline stadiums around the world.
Bailey hit the wall due to
fame, fortune, and the excesses of global success. The constant touring and
performing took its toll on him publicly and privately. While White and
Bailey’s relentless work ethic shot the band into the stratosphere, it also
exhausted and emotionally gutted the group. In 1983, White abruptly dismantled
the band, leaving Bailey and the rest of the members to fend for themselves.
Shining Star is the true story of what happens when real life
exceeds your dreams and when the power and pain of building a legacy bring both
joy and faith-testing challenges. Download and start listening now!