Q&A: Philip Lawrence Talks Recording Debut Album With Bruno Mars

You might’ve recognized Philip Lawrence in a red suit, black framed glasses and a fedora hat laying background vocals in Bruno Mars’ music video for his golden record “Treasure.” Or you might’ve seen Lawrence’s name under the writer credits for songs such as Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You,” or “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan. Nonetheless, it’s time to become familiar with this name as he sets his sights on a music industry takeover.

One-third of the writing mega force called the Smeezingtons, which also includes superstar Bruno Mars and Ari Levine, Lawrence has an impressive penning record and applied his charismatic yet serious style to his personal songs.

As he prepares to perform in his hometown of Evansville, Ind. on September 14, Lawrence continues to ride off the successful wave of his solo debut, Letters I Never Sent. The eclectic album draws instrumental inspiration from rock to R&B, leaving listeners satisfied with just the right amount of soothing melodies like the I Threes on a Bob Marley track.

Check out what the “Neverland” singer had to say about digging deep to write the songs on his debut record and what this project will mean to listeners. —Camille Augustin

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