Phillip-Michael Scales with Ben Harold & The Rising

Fox River House, 211 S Walnut St,, Appleton, WI

Born with a fierce independent streak and a passion for performing, Scales fronted his own indie bands, wrote and recorded his own music, and worked to make a name for himself on his own terms. All the while, his uncle just smiled a knowing smile and encouraged him to “stay with it.” As Phillip-Michael began to discover “the blues” in his private and personal life, their relationship grew closer.

It wasn’t until his Uncle passed away, that Phillip-Michael Scales began incorporating more of the blues into his music. “These days I’m finding more of my story in the blues. A lot has led me here between politics, my identity, and of course: Legacy.” The result is a sound he calls “Dive Bar Soul” which takes a bit of indie rock story telling and couples it with the passion of the blues.

He most recently released a single called “O, Hallelujah" and he has been featured in Rolling Stone France. His music has taken him all the way to the Middle East, as well as festivals across the France and North America.

He has opened for Fantastic Negrito, Anderson East, Guster, David Cook, Bethany Joy Lenz, Matt Hires, Billy Rafoul, Crystal Bowersox, Tyler Hilton, Jon McLaughlin, and Cory Brannan.

Ben Harold is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist who combines rock, folk, and soul elements to create a unique yet familiar sound that draws people into his soulfully sung and well-crafted music. Solo or with his extremely talented touring band, "The Rising," he is known for putting on shows that are filled with energy, passion and connection with the audience.

“I remember stopping my conversation to listen, there was such poetry happening behind this incredible voice and I could not applaud loud enough... His record is filled with a depth of emotion and storytelling. As a radio DJ, I needed to share Ben and his music with my listeners (4/28/19)!” — Caryn By Night, 91.7 FM WMSE Milwaukee