Shawn Summers was born on June 27th, 1986 in Mount Holly, New jersey. His family lived in Philly and New Jersey during Shawn's younger years and those are the cities where his deepest roots were formed. He comes from a single parent household where his father was rarely, if ever, present. Shawn is the middle child of 3 boys and as a result, he learned from an early age how to stand out, thus gaining him the attention that he desperately wanted and needed. He had natural performance abilities from an early age and he was always entertaining his family and friends. It was difficult for Shawn to find his way for a plethora of reasons and he needed a healthy, positive outlet for his anger and frustrations in order to keep him on the straight and narrow. The older he became, the more his abilities grew and he found himself articulating his experiences with witty rhymes and a fluid flow. Shawn moved around a lot as a kid forcing him to make new friends frequently and teaching him how to adapt to every kind of situation. As heard in his lyrics, Shawn's background is vastly diverse due to every city he has called home at one time or another. Ranging from Philly's ruff streets, Jersey's fast pace, Cleveland's flats, gritty Harlem, white-collar Albany, quiet Akron, sunny Florida and finally, the mean streets of Pittsburgh, where he currently resides, and has diversified his lyrics and himself as a person.
Growing up around music gave Shawn the enriching opportunity to hone in on his craft. His mother always supported his love for music and encouraged him to follow his dreams. At the age of thirteen he performed for a live audience for the very first time. He was terrified until he stepped up onto that stage. Looking out at all the faces starring back at him was scary at first but Shawn pulled himself together and started to sing, after his first song was over, the roar of the crowd took him to a different plane. He never wanted to leave the stage that day and everything he has done from then to now, all his hard work, dedication and effort is aimed toward raising himself to a higher plane every single time he steps in front of a crowd. Whether its a 20k plus venue or in the booth at the studio, Shawn has set high standards for himself and is always compelled to push himself higher.
In the years that followed that first performance, Shawn slowly developed into the artist known as Jung Phil. It's been a long tedious road, but the process itself has been the creation behind the man. Every experience and struggle he has endured only made him more determined and kept him focused on his ultimate goal; reaching people and the world through his music. Just like any person, Jung Phil has grown and changed throughout the years and as a result so has his music. During his younger years, still trying to find his place in the music scene, Phil released projects like, "Best Kept Secrets", "Pistolvannia" and "Freshman Vol. 1", that fell into the Rap and Hip Hop genres. These projects were ruff around the edges, just like Jung Phil and it took time for him to find his strengths and capitalize on those, thus leaving the hard life, streets and sounds behind him. His recent projects have given him the ability to bare his soul to his fans through a newly popular movement in the music industry known as Urban Pop. Jung Phil has finally found his niche and no longer needs to navigate within the parameters of Hip Hop, Rap and R & B. Phil has always embodied this genre, inside and out and hasn't been accepted by his peers due to a lack of fitting into the traditional molds of Rap, Hip Hop and R & B. His loyal fans have always accepted and supported him, however, his rising popularity and overall notoriety continues to grow daily as a result of such an enthuastic response from everyone after releasing his latest projects. Artists like Jung Phil have been lost and confused trying to decipher how to best describe themselves and their music somewhere in between these genres. Luckily, this new genre with such unique sounds is wildly gaining popularity, proven by Justin Bieber's new smash hit, "Boyfriend". Jung Phil and his team saw the opportunity and took action, dropping his latest single, "Baby Girl". This one track has propelled him to a new level of notoriety because it's unique sound falls directly into this movement that is currently taking over the music industry. Urban Pop is rising in popularity thus creating mass demand for artists who fit this very specific mold of talent, lyrical and vocal ability, a distinct image and wardrobe to match, revolutionary production and new-age beats unlike anything heard in previous years. This new music is what everyone wants, its whats selling and because the movement is so popular Phil need only continue to grow and create music that inspires people to achieve their goals just like he has.
Jung Phil has performed and recorded in Pgh, New Jersey, Detroit, LA, Atlanta and Philly. With over 150+ performances under his belt, he is a seasoned performer with natural stage presence and an overall creative force to be reckoned with. Due to the many artists, producers, engineers and industry people he's worked with he has taken inspiration and knowledge from each and incorporated everything he's learned into his music. Currently, he is recording at ID Labs with Big Jerm and with Ricky P at Joanna IIC's studio. Joanna Haughton aka Joanna IIC is an investor, studio owner and manager who has recently taken an interest in Jung Phil. With his new resources, engineers and the rising popularity of Urban Pop, he has skyrocketed overnight. Jung Phil's music and swagg have been the very definition of this genre for quite some time and although the movement is new, his music isn't. His vocal strengths, specific spitting abilities, industry/life experiences, growth, gradual branding modifications, his recent production resources, increased sound quality and his natural compatibility with Urban Pop in conjunction with current, new-age, original beats tailored distinctly to engross and rivet his fans it has transcended Jung Phil into a whole new arena. This completes the long tedious process he and his music underwent to find its place in the music world now resulting in the brand, Jung Phil Music.
Recently, with the movement of Urban Pop on the rise, Jung Phil's increasing intensity has generated an unprecedented exuberance in his devoted #JP'S, the nickname his devotees call themselves and how he humbly refers to his fans. With every video, single and picture his camp releases he is receiving attention like never before in his career proving that he and his music are exploding in the right direction. He has gained the respect of his peers through his gritty rap inspired songs, his sweet R & B voice and slow seductive beats have caught the attention of the ladies, and his slick Hip Hop spitting style makes him unique yet marketable to all ages, male and female alike. This is the style or genre known as, Urban Pop, where the musician falls in between the three genres to create its own place in this industry. The project Jung Phil is currently working on, "I Deserve This", fits neatly into that genre and it's singles recently released have shown an overwhelming response from fans and industry leaders. Jung Phil continues to reinvent himself and change with the times. His music is a window into his soul and his fans can't get enough. Phil has earned a chance to make his dreams come true and as an independent artist his success is growing every day. Keep your eyes and ears open for recording artist Jung Phil. Now, with the proper backing and production attained to promote his musical genius, his potential is limitless. He is mastering his craft and his overall musical prowess has propelled his work to heights that even surprise himself. He is single handedly changing the Pittsburgh music scene and creating the Urban Pop Movement here where artists come together to help each other create amazing work. Now that FM, Satellite and Internet radio are playing his singles on regular rotation, his singles are for sale on iTunes, he has unlimited studio access and his management/marketing team is complete, the sky is the limit, and even the sky isn't high enough for this rising star. Now he is exploding on a national level with upcoming shows in Cincinnati, NY and LA and has several upcoming interviews with magazines and radio personalities. This is only the beginning and all the loyal #JP'S out there are growing state by state, song by song and now Jung Phil is rising while taking the world along with him.
Written by, Joanna Haughton aka Joanna IIC