FiL Straughan’s distinctive blend of music is the energy of Marvin Gaye & the passion of Luther Vandross. FiL’s uplifting personality shines though in each and every song.
Definitely a creative force, FiL also enjoys collaborating with others – whether he has co-written a song or is simply adding his distinctive voice to the mix.
FiL released his first UK album My music Pt 1 in 2008 to fantastic acclaim. His second, FiL the SouL, was released in July 2011, rapidly followed by FiL the POWER in December 2011, FiL the LOVE in April 2012 with the final of the set FiL the SOUL unplugged being released in July 2012. Conversations with Myself – a double CD – was released in April 2014.
In between his solo releases FiL has added vocals and/or writing to a wide variety of projects (jazz to house music) including UK jazz-funk super band Shakatak’s George Anderson’s 2 CD projects Expressions & Positivity, recorded for Japan releases with Nina Vidal, & has landed a couple of house music record deals in collaboration with DJ Hutch with legendary house DJ Lenny Fontana’s label.
In the past FiL has worked or alongside Ray Lewis’ Drifters, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang, Ed Sheeran and many others.
It is a testament to his versatility and skill that such a variety of producers, DJs and musicians have sought his smooth voice & energetic presence on collaborative ventures.