An interview with singer song writer Larry Carter II


By Staff

Tell us about the time when you realized that you could sing professionally?

I think the first time I realized I could sing professionally was in high school. I was always active in talent shows, fashion shows, on the debate team you name it. It was my senior year and everyone was asking what was my crew going to do. Then is when I realized that people followed me creatively. The idea that people were looking to me to see what I would do next made me realize there was something there.  

What is your favorite song to sing and why?

My favorite song to sing would be Mary J. Blige’s “Love No Limit”. That song is so mellow and jazzy at the same time. I am a hopeless romantic so it’s my favorite. I sang it at The Gentlemen’s Ball in 2014. 

What inspires you to write your songs?

Life inspires me to write songs. I write about things I have experienced or things I have witnessed friends go through. I like to write about the things that happen in everyday life, that people can see themselves in. 

What gives you the motivation to be in the entertainment industry as it is clearly competitive?

I am motivated to share the gifts I have been blessed with. I believe in living a full life, I am only competing with myself. I want to make sure I am growing becoming better as I move through my career. 

What does success look like to you?

Success is happiness. Waking up every day excited to do what I do is a success. Being comfortable enough in my skin to explore new ideas is key for me. 

Tell us about your commitment to your community?

My commitment to the community is twofold. One I want to make sure I am working in the world to create access and safe spaces for those who do not share the same privilege and access that I have. That spans socio-economic, gender, race, and sexual identity. Then I have my community activism. I think housing is a human right, I also believe people deserve a living wage. This is an area of passion for me I can go on and on. 

Tell us about the most challenging thing that you had to overcome.

In life, there are so many challenges to overcome. One of my greatest challenges was when I was 20 years old I was shot in both of my legs. I was walking to get into my car and two guys run up on me. He put a gun to my head and laid me on the ground. I was shot in both legs, I could not stand. A person ran out and picked me up and took me into their home until recuse arrived. It took about 9 months to walk again independently. That was one of the-darkest points of my life. I still have scars from the wombs today. 

Where would you like to see your music career in the next five years?

In the next five years, I would like to see my music on more soundtracks and commercials. I have done tours but I would like to be part of a major world tour. I want my audience to grow in a meaningful organic way. 


LARRY “PHYLLE” CARTER Il is speaking to a generation. His platform is R&B and the message is simple: love and equality for all people. Hailing from Norfolk, VA by way of

Philadelphia, PA (his namesake), Phylle has traveled a path that has taken him from screen to stage and back again, catapulting him to the top of his game as a songwriter, singer, actor, activist and ultimately, a believer. His attitude and work ethic reflect a mantra that says anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.

As a Grammy nomination considered artist, he has a style of his own which can be described as “diversified.” Some songs are laid back while other are raw with rough beats and lyrics to back him up. Phylle brings to the music industry the image of an accomplished songwriter, with a unique style and sex appeal. By blending the new with the old Phylle has created a sound all ages to enjoy

So watch out, Phylle has arrived and is taking the R&B world by storm with smooth vocals and style. Although this 6’3″crooner loves to laugh and have fun, his laid back demeanor is ever-present in the delivery of his silky-smooth vocal styling. Drawing inspiration from legends such as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and the sultry Aaliyah, Phylle (pronounced Philly) began honing his signature, diversified sound at the ripe age of 11. He states, “Music Was my escape as achild. I was very shy and I didn’t fit in. Music is the only thing that gave me comfort.”

Having shared the stage with some of the industry greats, this Urban Gentleman is poised to take the industry by storm with his new EP “WORTHY” available December  “My music is evolving into a movement of LOVE. lam only singing things that I love and am passionate about.’

Phylle can be seen with a positive image all over the internet. His stage presence is amazing and his resume of performances range from amphitheaters to intimate settings. Phylle’s acting debut was In B’ Boy Blues in Atlanta. You might have caught up with him on the web series “The Boys Next Door”, Love Sex and Marriage; both the web series and stage play and now touring in the stage play Before Black Lives Matter

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