Phillips, born in the U.S., has a Caribbean background.
His mother was born and raised in Panama Central America,
and his father is from Trinidad & Tobago providing
an authentic influence to his music.
Orlando's flagship instrument is the Tenor Lead Pan
(Steel Drum). He plays everything from Bob Marley
tunes to Calypso and Soca on his Steel Pan directly
imported from Trinidad!
very first instrument was the Clarinet. At the age
of fifteen he learned to play the Saxophone, and the
next year he picked up the Bass Guitar. He impressed
many professional colleagues with his masterful Bass
Guitar performances with Starpoint. Raised in a home
with a piano he has played the keyboards all his life.
is also an original vocalist, bass and sax player
for the nationally acclaimed group, Starpoint, most
known for the song "Object of My Desire", a
top 25 pop hit on the Restless album. At a Madison
Square Garden performance, he received a gold album
(half million sales) for that LP. (Starpoint Videos on YouTube) Orlando also recorded
on the multi-platinum debut LP of Grammy Award winning
artist, Toni Braxton, and has performed in
the company of several well known groups including
Patti Labelle, Ashford&Simpson, Kool&the Gang,
Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Morris Day of the Time,
Blackstreet, and many more. Before performing
solo, Orlando was the leader and lead vocalist for
the popular Caribbean music group Mama Jama from 1987-1995.