Bringing exceptional talent and recognition to his rising musical platform, Bahamian-born Azriel Reckley is known to the world as Phe.
“The name Phe was short for Phenom; that’s the name I started out with, but as I matured in music as well as myself, [I] decided that Phe would be a new beginning, a new chapter.”
And so as he embarks on this new beginning, this budding star continues to work along with Adrian “Drop” Santalla at Drop Dead Beats and maintains a close working relationship with Jaime “Cardi” Rivera, a sound engineer, at Blindside Studio. Cardi has also been a mentor and like family to Phe.
As a singer, songwriter and producer, Phe was always aware of his love for music. He began playing the drums at the age of five and went on to develop his gift in the high school marching band as band major. Many of his family members including his parents, Gilbert and Donna Reckley, either sing or play an instrument.
Of course, his ever-increasing popularity is no surprise to his parents. In fact, according to his father, it was prophesized that his son would become famous one day.
“Mother Miriam Cornish told him that he would make music like David, and that people would come from all over the world to him to make music,” Mr. Reckley recalled. “Here’s an upcoming star from our neighbourhood, who is doing something positive in the music industry.”
Indeed, his rapid ascent within the music industry is a manifestation of that prophecy as Phe experiments with all genres of music to reach a diverse audience.
“I don’t necessarily have a favourite type of music. I love all genres of music, and I listen to anything that’s good,” Phe shared. “I love good music be it a love song, inspirational, hip hop and rap to pop or techno. If it’s good, I would listen!”
Phe said that his listening audience enjoys what he does, what he says, and how he presents it to them.
“The same way people in my life impact me, I do the same for them because there can always be a relation to my music in some form or fashion,” he explained. “My aim is to make great music, change lives and be an example. Great energy begets great things: simple.”
Speaking of energy, Phe has collaborated with top label clients like Sony/BMG, Atlantic, Jive, Universal, and Def Jam as well as legendary music artists such as Rick Ross, Pit Bull and Gloria Estefan.
“Working With Pit Bull aka Mr. 305 was a fun experience! I produced a record called Triumph featuring Avery Storm. With Pit, the energy was always high – you can tell from the type of music he makes,” he said. “So yeah, I would have to say that experience, although a life-changing one, good and bad, is top on the list!”
He added: “My greatest accomplishment thus far is making my family proud amongst having a record written and produced by me for Gloria Estefan called Medicine. But family first; I do this for my family first and me second. I’m looking forward to this journey with the friends and family I’m surrounded by [so] special shout out to the Reckley family and the Rivera Family and everyone in my life.”
While studying and redefining his craft at the university level, Phe worked alongside super producers like Jim Jonsin and Shomari “Sho” Dillon and artists including Slim from the group 112, Fat Joe, Jae Millz and Ahmad Belvin.
Phe recently released a new hit single called “2:45,” and he is currently working on a few projects, which he said is all good music.
“Every day I make music, every day is one step closer in changing the world. Stay tuned for more great music from me…IAMPHE.”
As the journey continues for Phe, he remains inspired and focused on what he wants to accomplish.
“What inspires me is life [and] wanting to be the best at what I do or at least close to it because there is always room for improvement. So pretty much anything and everything inspires me, situations that people face on a regular basis, the ups and the downs – the entire picture called life!”
Phe paused to give special recognition to Edward Hoyte from Coopers Town, who he said is doing big things for Brickhouse Music Group. He also gave encouragement to future generations of Bahamian music artists.
“I see my success being beneficial to others especially the younger generation because it tells them that anything is possible,” Phe admonished. “Being from Abaco and making it to where I am right now shows that God is good and hard work pays off – so cliché, but it’s so true! So anyone can do great things, you just have to do great things! Believe it!”
For more information on Phe, visit his Web site at http://www.iamphe.com or on Facebook under the name – AJ Reckley