Philip Lawrence, the creative partner of Grammy-winning artist Bruno Mars, has made a name for himself in the music industry. Born in Evansville, Indiana, Lawrence grew up in a family of musicians. His parents, a gospel choir director and an opera singer, instilled in him a sense of dignity and the power of words.
In his early 20s, Lawrence worked at Disney World in Florida, where he honed his musical skills and met aspiring artist Bruno Mars. Along with fellow musician Ari Levine, they formed The Smeezingtons, a songwriting and producing trio. Together, they co-wrote some of the biggest hits of the decade, including CeeLo Green's "F*** You," K'naan's FIFA World Cup anthem "Wavin' Flag," and Flo Rida's "Right Round."
As Mars's career took off, Lawrence and The Smeezingtons helped craft his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The album sold over 15 million copies globally and earned Lawrence his first Grammy nominations. In 2013, Lawrence released his debut solo album, Letters I Never Sent.
However, Lawrence's battle with alcohol abuse began to worsen during the tour. He eventually had to leave the tour due to an "injury," which was later revealed to be a consequence of his infidelity. Realizing the pain he caused his family, Lawrence decided to take a break from the spotlight and focus on sobriety.
Since then, Lawrence has made efforts to live a new sober life. He composed and wrote the music for the 2020 film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and has been practicing the 12 steps of sobriety. He acknowledges the toll that alcohol and drugs took on his life and is committed to making positive changes.
Philip Lawrence's journey in the music industry has had its highs and lows, but he continues to evolve as an artist and strive for personal growth. From his early days in Indiana to his collaborations with Bruno Mars, Lawrence's talent and dedication have made a lasting impact on the music world.