Phillip Leo
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Phillip Leo

Phillip Leo
Background information
Philip Ernest Pottinger
Born (1967-04-29) 29 April 1967 (age 51)
Greenwich, London, UK
Origin Peckham, South London
Genres Reggae, soul, R&B, dance
Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar
1988 - present
Labels Fashion, Finestyle, Breakin' Loose, Sharma Productions, EMI, Big Lion Productions
C.J. Lewis

Philip Ernest Pottinger (born 29 April 1967), known professionally as Phillip Leo, is a British reggae singer, songwriter and producer. He is the last of five children from South London who were born to Jamaican parents.


Born in Greenwich, he played in the Sir Roger Manwood's School's steel band, and learned drums and keyboard.[1] In February 1988 Phillip Leo signed with UK label Fashion Records as a singer/songwriter. By September of that year he had reached No. 6 in the UK Reggae Charts with his first single, "Rocking the Night Away"/"Food of Love".

Leo went on to establish himself as songwriter/producer, with a string of reggae hits by other Fashion acts, including the no. 1 hit single "Two Timing Lover" by Janet Lee Davis,[2] "Crazy Feeling" by Peter Spence, "Lets Show the World" by Nerious Joseph,[1] and producing the lovers duo Zuruchi's first single "Celebrate Our Love", winning Reggae Songwriter of the Year two consecutive years in row in 1989 and 1990. Leo also did sessions on drum programming, keyboards and backing vocals on a string of recordings by artists like Barry Boom, Nerious Joseph, and Cutty Ranks, and also producing two songs for the Sandra Cross album Foundation Of Love.

As an artist in his own right, Leo reached no. 2 with "I Wanna be Loved by You". He then produced the hit singles "Why do Fools Fall in Love", "Good Thing Going",[3] and "Young, Gifted & Black", which were duets with DJ CJ Lewis.[1] His debut album in January 1990, entitled Lover of Music, which included nine of his own original compositions, reached no. 3 in the Reggae Album Chart and featured top ten reggae singles "I'm Missing You", "We Belong Together" (duet with Marie Dawn) and debut single "Rocking The Night Away".

Leo began a writing partnership with bassist/songwriter Steve Bingham and together they wrote 170 titles. This led to them forming the Breakin' Loose record label. The first single entitled "Hypnotic Love",[4] which included four entirely different mixes of the song featuring DJ CJ Lewis,[5] and spent seven weeks at no. 1 in the UK Reggae Charts on 1993.[3][6] "Hypnotic Love" remained in the chart for six months. This was followed by the single "Today", which had the same format of four mixes and was also the title track of his second album.[7] "Today" reached no. 5 in the UK Reggae Chart and showcased the different genres Leo had expanded into, side A featured songs in the Soul/R & B genre while side B stayed within the reggae/lovers rock genres which Leo was known for.

After a string of releases, Leo was approached by EMI Records. He then signed as a recording artist. This led to two top 75 UK Singles Chart positions with "Second Chance" (no. 57) and "Thinking About Your Love" (no. 64) which featured the DJ Top Cat on the street versions.[8] Whilst he was with EMI Records, Leo produced CJ Lewis' album, Dollars, recorded for MCA Records, from which he had a no. 3 with "Sweet's for My Sweets", and another two consecutive releases which reached the UK top twenty in the UK Singles Chart.[9] The album went on to sell over 500,000 copies worldwide. Lewis's second album, Rough & Smooth, again produced by Leo, went platinum in Japan, and had a no.1 single taken from it called "R to the A" in France and sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Leo then got his own record company Sharma Productions back on the road. His next release his third album entitled Just 4 U. The first single from the album, "Angel Heart"/"I Wanna be the One", sparked a lot of interest especially in Japan. This led to being asked to appear alongside other British and Jamaican reggae acts on Japansplash, a yearly event which takes place in different towns across Japan over the course of six weeks.

In 1997 a limited release of Phillip Leo's fifth album Down 2 Earth was circulated, from which the top ten reggae single "Summer Girl" featuring Glamma Kid was taken. Leo also embarked on more music production and remixing for other artists including Louchie Lou & Michie One, Carroll Thompson, Jack Radics, Japanese DJ Nahki, Judy Cheeks, Sean Mcguire, Musical Youth, Charlene Smith, Awesome, and Rick Clarke.

Leo's latest vocal album release is called Faithfully, released in May 2017. This is his 7th album released to date , the first single off the album was "Feel So Good" and the second was "Your Life". "Space Dub 2" is a follow up to "Space Dub" originally released in 1996. "Just 4 U" and "Down 2 Earth" & "Space Dub have been reissued and remastered for digital download.



Year Album Release Record Label
1989 Lover Of Music Finestyle
1991 Today Breakin' Loose
1996 Just 4 U Sharma Productions
1996 Space Dub Sharma Productions
1997 Love Vs. Pain (Germany) G.I.B. Music
1997 Down 2 Earth Sharma Productions
2017 Faithfully Big Lion Productions
2017 Space Dub 2 Big Lion Productions
2017 Just 4 U (Digitally Remastered) Big Lion Productions
2017 Down 2 Earth (Digitally Remastered) Big Lion Productions
2017 Space Dub (Digitally Remastered) Big Lion Productions
2018 The Universe Big Lion Productions
2018 Space Dub 3 Big Lion Productions


Year Single Release Record Label
1989 Rocking The Night Away / Food Of Love Finestyle
1989 I Wanna Be Loved By You Finestyle
1989 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (duet with C.J. Lewis) Fashion Records
1989 Good Thing Going / Stop Fooling Around (duet with C.J. Lewis) Fashion Records
1989 I'm Missing You / Come On And Dance Finestyle
1989 Run You Could A Run Fashion Records
1990 One Night / We Belong Together (duet with Marie Dawn) Finestyle
1990 One Life To Live Gussie P Records
1991 Girl Of My Dreams / One Life To Live Finestyle
1991 Mission Impossible (with C.J. Lewis and Nerious Joseph) Fashion Records
1991 Hypnotic Love (4 Mixes) Breakin' Loose
1992 Today (4 Mixes) Breakin' Loose
1992 All Our Fathers Children (Feat. General Levy) Fashion Records
1992 Let Your Love Run Wild (Feat. C.J. Lewis) Breakin' Loose
1993 The Vibe Is Right / Remote Control Sharma Productions
1993 So Alive (duet with C.J. Lewis) Sharma Productions
1994 Second Chance EMI Records
1995 Thinking About Your Love (Mixes Feat. Top Cat) EMI Records
1996 Let Me Hold You / I Thank You Sharma Productions
1997 Summer Girl (feat. Glamma Kid) Sharma Productions
1998 Sexafect Sharma Productions
2017 Feel So Good (Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2017 Your Life - EP Big Lion Productions
2017 On My Own (The Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2017 The Creators Children (The Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2017 I Believe In Your Love (The Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2017 Mellow Soul Moods (The Soul Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2017 Dancehall Moods (The Dancehall Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2017 Dance Moods (The Dance Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2018 The Gift (Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2018 Hold On (Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2018 Love Your Life (Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2018 Don't Judge Me (Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2018 Escape (Remixes) Big Lion Productions
2018 A Heart That's Pure (Remixes) Big Lion Productions



  1. ^ a b c d "Phillip Leo Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006) "Janet Lee Davis" in The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, OUP USA, ISBN 978-0195313734, K-M, p. 143
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2000) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0427-8, p. 232
  4. ^ "The Top 100 Singles Of 1991". Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "Phillip Leo feat. C.J. Lewis: Breakin' Loose BLPTO 14 Hypnotic Love (mixes)", Blues & Soul, Issue 595, 1991, p. 11
  6. ^ "The Top 50 Singles Acts Of 1991". Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Phillip Leo Today", The Beat, vol. 12, p. 15
  8. ^ "Phillip Leo", Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 October 2017
  9. ^ "C J Lewis", Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 October 2017

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