Today, Sharp Skills, a talented independent emcee hailing from Southern California has released a new music video for his single “If YouTry” featuring Gwendolyn Phillips (his mother). The song encourages men to dream and love again no matter what they face in life. The emotional chorus is sung by Sharp Skills’ mother who is a gifted Jazz and Gospel singer in her own right. Sharp Skills speaks on the significance of the video to him: “I wanted to write something that conveyed the pain that I’ve experienced while pursuing my dream of doing music, but also give hope too. When I wrote the song, I had a vision of my mom singing to me while I was real young not able to fully understand what she was saying. But it was my mom just pretty much telling me that I could be whatever I put my mind to at an early age you know. That was the premise of the whole video.”
The child (young Sharp Skills) in the video is played by his son, Philip Jr. “The song is super significant to me because I got to have both my mom and my son in the video. So it’s sort of multi-generational. I feel like this is something we’ll always have as a family.”
The Moon Buggee Productions video has a retro theme with fashion from the 1940’s and was shot in a rural California city. Musician extraordinaire, Laura D, makes a special cameo appearance throughout the video playing the drums while Sharp Skills raps.
To watch If You Try, click on the link below:
About Sharp Skills:
Sharp Skills is an independent emcee whose music has been featured in the official film trailer for Takers, Slow Burn, hit television shows; Bones, America’s Next Top Model, and Nikita. He has featured Strange Music’s very own “Murs” on his song “Something to Say”. In 2011 he won Cal State Long Beach’s “Battle of the Beats” competition. He has won several competitions and awards including the Inside the Music (ITM) award for Best Male Emcee in 2007. Most importantly, he knows how to rock a crowd. His charisma, energy, stage presence, and high quality music makes him a favorite at various clubs, music festivals, and college campuses around the USA. Sharp Skills is also the owner/founder of the Rebel Firm, a multifaceted creative company which now consists of a music and book division.
If You Try ft. Gwendolyn Phillips is out now on iTunes:
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