Phil Robinson Sonero, composer & performer bandleader


Phil Robinson

Born in S. Bronx, New York, of Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, lived his early years up-bringing in the Dominican Republic, surrounded by music and close family members that sang, recited poetry and performed.

At the age of five, Phil already sang songs from well known Spaniel child, singer, ‘Joselito’ and was singing and reciting poetry in school recitals and shows, literately, showing his natural talent as a singer and performer.

Phil Robinson
Sonero & Composer

Phil began his professional career in 1973, when he began his musical journey as a lead singer for Orquesta Yare, in Vineland New Jersey.

Phil relocated to Los Angeles where he was noticed for his charisma, voice range and singing style often compared with Puerto Rican salsa singer Tito Allen, as he evolved, he became lead for Henry Mora and the LA Salsa All Star Salsa Orquestra, he collaborated with many of the local groups, from there on he became lead vocals  for Eric Matos and Orquesta La Caliente, Papo Rodriguez and La Sorpresa, recording two original songs composed by Nelson Montalvo title Fantasia and Mi Regalo, included in his 2005 CD, ‘Oye Salsa Sabor y Clave’.

During the time Phil was with Papo Rodriguez, Panamanian singer Camilo Azuquita, strolled into town and La Sorpresa became ‘Azuquita y su Melao’, Phil became Azuquita’s back up lead for a number of years, performing in many well-known venues such as Hollywood Palladium and with many renowned artists such as the late Celia Cruz.

In 1993 he joined Orlando Lopez Mazacote recording his first published cd project under the Fonovisa Record label Salsa Para El Mundo Entero, as the band lead vocals he performed many corporate events, concerts as LA Cinco De Mayo Festival, traveling to Ensenada Mexico, sharing stage with Willie Chirino and Andy Montañez to name a few. He also recorded it additional songs under OLM records Salsa Bravisima.

Phil Robinson

Phil Paused his career for a bit and continue to collaborate with different local bands and returned to the stage with his band performing well-known places such as San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, Oxnard Festival, Fiesta Alegre Festival, private events and LA salsa venues, Conga Room, Rumba Room, Mama Juana, El Floridita, Santa Monica Monsoons and many other popular LA Salsa Venues

Phil has shared the stage with Adalberto Santiago, Tony Vega, Herman Olivera, Yolanda Rivera, Menique, Luigi Texidor, Wichy Camacho, Cuban singer Franco, Willie Chirino, Celia Cruz, and the list goes on.

After seven years Phil completed and published his new musical project, produced by Arturo Solar ” Between Two Worlds ” a project that encompasses classical compositions from Armando Manzanero, Ted Koehler / Harold Arlen, Virgilio and Homero Exposito, Enrique Benitez, Vicente Garrido Calderon, Jesus Alejandro and originals composed by Phil.

Throughout 2017 Phil has continued to perform frequently in San Manuel Casino, Granda LA, the new Rumba Room, Granada LA, Cafe Sevilla, Granada LA, Oxnard Festival and Fiestalegre Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Huracane Maria.

2018 continues to be a year of success as we see it for Phil, many surprises will arise, follow the man with a unique stage presence, charisma y mucho sabor.

Phil Robinson thank you for your continued support and may God bless you all.

Community Arts Music