Fillmore Duo is a unique, souful, musical act from Virginia.
They are an engaged couple, who met through music 5 years ago.
This is their story....
Phil grew up in Bernardsville, NJ mainly in his parents church and roller skating rink.
By age 13 he was directing, playing and singing all of the musical programs at their church while also dominating his schools arts program. Not to mention the countless nights he spent learning to skate with some of the 90's top DJs in the NYC area.
After high school, Phil attended James Madison University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance and Economics. He also received a double minor in Mathematics and Spanish. He kept his music alive by joining one of the schools acapella groups. Fate brought his path to an even bigger musical opportunity during his freshman year when he met his future bandmates.
As Phil finished college and graduated, the band, Proverbial, was formed. For 6 years they toured all over the US and played alongside many big acts at popular festivals and events. They released three albums that you can still find on Itunes and Spotify.
In 2014, the band decided to go in different directions. Proverbial split up and Phil and Morgan officially began to put their musical energy into the Fillmore Duo.
Morgan was raised in Urbanna, VA .
Her rhythm comes from her father and step-mother.
They are both professional drummers. Her stepmom, Jaqui MacMillan, specializes in traditional West African Djembe and other hand percussion. From age 7, Morgan was following in Jaqui's shadow, traveling with her to various drum circles and performances all over the east coast.
Her love of singing comes from her mother, Beth Justice, who has fronted various local cover bands for almost 40 years, the most recent being, the local rock band, Sweet Justice. She started putting Morgan on the stage with her band for guest performances when she was 10 years old.
All through high school Morgan participated in all of the musical programs offered and graduated with various drama and choir awards.
Morgan attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA for 4 semesters after high school. She studied songwriting, performance, production, music business and majored in voice. She finished her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016.
Morgan and Phil's powerful vocals combine to guarantee goosebumps. You will find your self moving to Phil's passionate keyboard playing and Morgan's infectious percussive accompaniment! They are very versatile and can compliment any mood. Fillmore can have you chilling to some soft soul and jazz, or up on your feet dancing to your favorite funk/R&B tune! This couple is the right fit for any private event and venue!
Their influences include: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Prince, Ray Charles, and many other great classic soulful artists.