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November 9, 2015
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A look back: PHL Live
by Aurica Hurst

PHL Live

Artists performed on stage at The Theatre of Living arts on South Street, the evening of Aug 18th. Models crisscrossed past the live performances wearing garments by Philadelphia’s very own local designers. Gowns to urban influenced clothing rocked the stage and drew in a fashion and music-loving crowd The opening act was R&B artist, Anderson from Philadelphia. The night was filled with great performances from Philadelphian artists, like Chill Moody, Bria Marie, Aim and special performance by Kid Felix (an indie rock band), winner of 2012 Hard Rock Rising Global battle of the bands. PHL Lives contest winner, Jazz saxophonists Mack Swan also added to the amazing talent that filled the Philadelphia venue.

Many of these artists represented by the Recording Academy Chapter here in Philadelphia, Chill Moody and Bria Marie were highlights of the evening. This was the 2nd year of the PHL Live kick-off Philly Fashion week that began August 30th and runs through September 30th. The contest is only possible with the support of local radio stations and creative minds that exist in Philadelphia.

Councilman David OH, UrbanCelebrity Magazine, and Recording Academy had a lot to do with the prizes that PHL Live contest winners will have the opportunity to have access to. The overall night was Philly fashion forward. To learn more about the fashion festivities go to

“I believe in the Talent that exists in this city and has always been a part of Philadelphia’s “said David OH, who is a Philadelphian who grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. Editor and Chief and founder of UrbanCelebrity Magazine, Sonya McDuffie and Jimmy DaSaint support the hip hop culture in Philadelphia and hope that more artists take advantage of the PHL Live initiative to bring out the talent in Philadelphia. Those who enter and win get access to unlimited studio time and big stages throughout the city and tristate area.

PHL Live

Another supporter, Mark Shulz, Senior Executive Director from the Recording Academy, one of 12 offices around the country that represent the Grammy Awards, was in attendance. "People don't need to leave Philly to get exposure, and that's what we're here to represent" Shulz said. The Philly Kick-off Fashion Week was an evening of fashion exposure but also gave artists a platform to show-off as the models and designers showed out.

There was a huge gathering of talent and DAVID OH contacted Shulz 3 years ago to organize the event that’s been going on for 2 years. The Recording Academy has had a chapter in Philadelphia for 25 years. For more information on the academy and how to become a member check out

PHL LiveAs models ripped the runway, the view of high fashion to streetwear from the stage was fierce, from printed long tees, to one piece and temptress tops. PHL Live has created a platform for not only music artists, but clothing designers for the past two years. Kevin Perry and Kerry Scott, the co-founders of Philadelphia fashion week will have you revamping your wardrobe and gushing over the new items presented during their following weeklong event. Model, Zahnay Blakney has been walking in the Philly fashion week for the past 3 years. As one of the models from that evening, she came in the same day and was fitted for the clothes and walked that evening. "Fresh faces and new talent, Philly Fashion week is great place to be in Philly", said Blakney.

With support from local stations and radio personality such as Bex from formerly known Wired 96.5-the Philadelphia fashion week kick-off was a success. Anyone can be a winner, with first place being $1000 cash and a chance to record in well-known studios here in Philadelphia.

The love from Councilman David OH who acts as an ambassador to the creative economy in the city, shared how much he plans on generating freedom of who you want to be and that Philly is the city to be somebody in. Philly support Philly was the mantra of the evening and fans came out to support their Philly favorites and see some boss designs from people in the city that are pursuing their own dreams.

All photographs by Sean Cave Photography

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