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Devon Gilfillian

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Nashville, TV | (Indie/R&B)

Growing up in Philadelphia on a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues and soul music, Gilfillian gravitated to records that ignited his mind while making his body move. For him, listening to the towering icons of his musician father’s era-Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Temptations-was just as formative and exciting as discovering the new sounds of his own generation, and the beats and rhymes made by rising rap stars like Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z inspired him in new ways. He began to recognize a connective thread in the sounds he loved best: from the golden throwbacks sampled by the hip-hop beat makers to the raw, emotional vocal deliveries of the Motown greats, for Gilfillian the key ingredient seemed to be the “soul”-not simply the genre, but the feeling and vibe.