Annette Philip is an Indian vocalist, composer/arranger, recording artist and choir conductor who thrives on experimenting with the human voice. In 2003, she co-founded Artistes Unlimited (AU) in New Delhi, India, a performing arts ensemble, promoting collaboration among musicians in the city. With a vast repertoire spanning genres such as jazz, rock, R&B, funk, a-cappella, Gospel, Indian and Western Classical, Sufi and folk music, AU soon became India’s largest and most diverse youth platform for musicians, with a rotating line up of over 250 artistes.
Annette began working in the professional media circuit in New Delhi at the age of seventeen. She has since become an established recording artist, lending her voice to albums, jingles and voice-overs in nine languages, for television and radio. She also finds inspiration in musical theatre; performing, writing, and recording for various productions in India.
After being awarded a full scholarship, supported both by the college and the prestigious Inlaks Foundation in India, Annette attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. During her time at Berklee, she was was also the 2009 recipient of the Sylvia Zunz Memorial Scholarship for her commitment to learning and performing music from the Great American Songbook tradition, as well as a two-time recipient of the Oliver Wagmann Award for outstanding contribution to the vocal department.
Annette graduated in 2009 and received her degree in Professional Music, with courses providing an emphasis on improvisation, composition, and arranging. In 2010, Annette was inducted as a faculty member of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music, as well as an ensemble director for Berklee’s Education outreach City Music Program. She also founded Berklee's first ever Indian Ensemble, one of the college's largest and most diverse ensembles with over 50 members currently.
She has been privileged to share the stage with artists such as Buster Williams, Victor Lewis, Angelique Kidjo, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Whelan, Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, Fritz Renold, Barrie Lee Hall, Mark Gross, Adam Nussbaum, Philip Bailey, Walter Beasley, Lawrence Watson, Mario Frangoulis, Joey Blake, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Shubha Mudgal, and Christiane Karam amongst others.
In April 2010, she performed for the second time at JAZZAAR, a jazz festival in Aarau, Switzerland, where her original compositions were performed by an eclectic ensemble, featuring music legends such as Airto Moreira, Lew Soloff, Danny Gottlieb, Pandit Anindo Chaterjee, Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, Manrico Padovani, and Christian Jacob, amongst others.
Currently, Annette is focussed on three projects: She is the lead vocalist of premier contemporary jazz 'movement', The Jazz Urbane - brainchild of well-known composer, author, and recording artist, Bill Banfield.
She also leads her own global jazz ensemble, The Annette Philip Quintet. With an ever-evolving sound, the group seeks to collectively explore the music and ideologies of different countries, traditions, and cultures from around the globe. Each musician brings a different perspective, and their current sound-scape draws from jazz, funk, Latin, Indian and Middle Eastern influences.
Annette is also core vocalist and Creative Director of Women of the World, an international 10-piece ensemble with members representing 9 countries. Honoring global folk traditions, the four core singers perform in 23 of the world's languages, and use music in the daily practice of peace.
Annette continues to evolve musically, intellectually, and spiritually through her interaction with musicians and music from all over the world. She is most grateful for the love, joy, and healing that she finds in music.