Philip Lawrence, famous for his role as one third of the popular songwriting/production team The Smeezingtons (the other members being Ari Levine and Bruno Mars) returned to his hometown of Evansville to perform at the Victory Theatre on Saturday, September 14. The show was his hometown debut since releasing his solo album, Letters I Never Sent.
The Browne Sisters opened up the show with a lively performance of “We Are Family”, inviting their families and friends to come up and sing and dance onstage. I knew I was going to enjoy the performances, but I could tell that it was a very special night for the closely-knit group of performers and audience members.
From there, I tried to focus on what I was there to do, which was taking photos and doing my best to stay out of the way of audience members so they could enjoy the show. It’s always nice to listen to good music while you work, too!
In between performances, there was a short documentary that told a brief story of Philip, along with his siblings Shane and DeVonna, and how they started out performing in talent shows together as young children. Philip has actually signed Shane and Devonna to his own label, and they were the other supporting act for the evening. Their story is inspiring, their message is hopeful, and it still blows my mind that Phillip’s talent, its roots lying with his family here in Evansville, has skyrocketed into such a worldwide success. It’s awesome, and I can tell how happy his family and friends were to be together for the event.
A portion of the ticket sales that night went to benefit the Mission of Grace ministry of Grace and Peace Lutheran Church, and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke even declared Saturday September 14th as “Philip Lawrence Day.”
Check out some of his tweets after he found that out…
I believe that Evansville is lucky to have someone who made his way out into the great big world of entertainment, endured years of struggling, found phenomenal success, and still cares to give back and share in his community. I’m glad I got to meet and talk with him earlier in the week when he came into the Kiss 106 studio.
Check out his songs on Letters I Never Sent. There is a great eclectic mix of songs on this album. From the alt-rock sounding “When You Come Back”, the voicemail a capella “Lullaby”, and the swinging sounds of “Heaven High”, it’s a compilation of songs that are well-written, diverse, and heartfelt. No wonder this dude helps crank out hits like he’s getting his gumbo on…
If you don’t know what that means, watch THIS, cuz I’m out. Also, I have some photos you can look through below