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Phildel is a British pianist, singer, and songwriter from London Her name is a composite of her Chinese father and Irish mother's names Philip and Della


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Studio albums
    • 22 Extended plays
    • 23 Singles
    • 24 Collaborations
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Phildel's mother married a strictly religious Muslim when Phildel was nine Her name, religion, lifestyle, and dress-code were forcibly changed, and all of her personal possessions were taken from her Music became a forbidden evil within the household, meaning no radio, no CD player, and no piano She was renamed Zara For the next decade Phildel was treated as a servant within her home However, Phildel spent lunchtimes with sympathetic music teachers and the school piano, at the girls' day school in Barnet Queen Elizabeth's School for Girls The school became a refuge in which she could write and play her own compositions She eventually ran away from home at age 17 to escape her home-life and follow her dreams

She soon purchased a second-hand computer and some music demo software packages and began putting together her first home-demo Within a short while, it attracted the attention of Roger Watson a former Chrysalis Music MD, and his support of her music led to collaborations with Spike MaClaren at Massive Attack's studio and Sam Dixon known for his collaborations with many artists including KT Tunstall and Duffy's 'Rockferry' album

In 2007, she wrote the piano piece "The Kiss" which was used for a worldwide TV advertising campaign for Apple iPad 3 It was also used for Marks & Spencer's advert Her music has also been used on Persil and Omo washing powder Another of her tracks "Piano B" was used for an Expedia commercial followed by two more high-profile filmic campaigns in France in 2008/2009 In 2008, another track, "Everyone's Memory Is Snow" renamed "A Better World", was used for the commercial for an insurance company, which Zizou praised

She said "Four of my tracks have been used in commercials around the world, two of them in the UK They all came about in different ways, through different individuals, agencies or publishers But my publisher Warner/Chappell Music have been very proactive in the realm of pitching my music for advertising I re-invest whatever income I make into top-of-the-range studio equipment and cameras for documenting everything and creating visuals So, it all goes back into my music" She was complimented on her "sonic soundscapes" by Trevor Horn Her music has been cited as an inspiration by Mariah Huehner, author of the True Blood and Angel comic books They have also been used in theatre productions and by celebrity fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate's live shows She soon returned the favour by wearing Henrietta's dress at a performance at St Pancras Old Church

During December 2008, Phildel joined the bands Radiohead and Goldfrapp to become a Warner/Chappell Music Publishing artist

In the summer of 2010, she performed on Saturday at the Latitude Festival

She worked at the world-famous Metropolis Recording Studio, to complete her neo-classical album Called "Qi" Chinese for Energy This was then followed by the recording of her artist album for Decca Her debut album for Decca The Disappearance of the Girl, was released on 4 March 2013

She appeared on BBC Breakfast show on Thu 21 March 2013, to promote the album

She was invited on 23 May 2013 by BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks to his 'Introducing' show after a recommendation from Stevo, she performed acoustic renditions of "Storm Song" and "Holes in Your Coffin"

In the summer of 2013, she collaborated with Sleepthief in America, on his new album "Mortal Longing" The two tracks in which she appeared are "Dust & Cloud" and "Where The Heart Is"

She then performed at Vancouver Folk Music Festival on 20 July, as part of her USA and Canada tour

In Nov, she collaborated with Peter S Beagle author of The Last Unicorn on a new track 'Dark Water Down', mixing poetry and music They then appeared together at a gig at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, USA

She was interviewed by Gareth Lloyd on BBC Three Counties Radio as part of 'BBC Introducing'

She currently lives in the Chilterns, where some of her videos are filmed

On February 4, 2015, a remastered version of her album Qi was released

On August 24th 2016, Phildel gave birth to twin boys Dylan and Finn Ng-Young

Phildel is married to artist Christopher Young


Studio albums

Title Details
  • Released:1 January 2010
  • Re-mastered version:4 February 2015
  • Format: Digital download
The Disappearance of the Girl
  • Released: 4 March 2013
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: Digital download, CD, Deluxe 2-CD

Extended plays

Title Details Tracks
The Cut-Throat EP
  • Released: March 2009
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital EP
The Wolf, Ghost, Holes in Your Coffin, Slow Cloud, Piano B, Switchblade
Tales from the Moonsea
  • Released: November 2010
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital EP
Storm Song, Union Stone, Beside You
The Glass Ghost
  • Released: November 2013
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital EP
Heaven: An Introduction, Glass Ghost, Comfort Me, Porcelain, Celestial, Comfort Me Delerium remix"
Ritual Black
  • Released: July 2016
  • Format: Digital EP, Patreon Exclusive
Ritual Black, For Whom The Fires Burn, For Whom The Fire Burn - AETHERVOX MASTER, Ferris Wheel DEMO


Year Title Album
2012 "The Kiss" Qi
2013 "Storm Song" The Disappearance of the Girl
"Comfort Me" The Glass Ghost


Year Title Artist Album
2014 "Dust & Cloud" Sleepthief Mortal Longing 2018
2016, "Where the Heart Is" Sleepthief Mortal Longing 2018
2016 "Ritual" Delerium Mythologie 2016
2016 "Zero" Delerium Mythologie 2016


  1. ^ a b "Phildel The Disappearance of the girl" wwwdirectcurrentmusiccom Archived from the original on 29 June 2013 Retrieved 29 April 2013 
  2. ^ a b "Phildel, singer, 29" London: wwwindependentcouk 29 March 2013 Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mossman, Kate 31 March 2013 "Phildel: 'I learned to visualise the sounds I could hear'" London: wwwguardiancouk Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  4. ^ a b "Phildel" wwwlastfm Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  5. ^ a b "Q&A's : 10 Questions For – Phildel" stevomusicmanwordpresscom Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  6. ^ a b "Phildel The Disappearance of the girl" lunanavisblogspiritcom Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  7. ^ "Phildel: The Disappearance of the Girl at St Pancras Old Church | Gourmet gigs" Festivalsfoodoverfortieswordpresscom Retrieved 23 August 2014 
  8. ^ "Latitude 2010 - Review Part 3" 21 July 2010 Retrieved 15 March 2018 
  9. ^ "Singer and songwriter Phildel explains how her strict upbringing inspired the music she writes today" Bbccouk Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  10. ^ "Sleepthief Third Album" indiegogocom Retrieved 6 August 2013 
  11. ^ "36th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival Highlights" vancouverscapecom Retrieved 6 August 2013 
  12. ^ "Phildel featuring "Dark Water Down" poetry and music by Peter S Beagle and Phildel and TBA" wwweventsfycom Retrieved 7 December 2013 
  13. ^ "BBC Introducing in Beds,Herts and Bucks" wwwbbccouk Retrieved 5 August 2013 
  14. ^ "Buckinghamshire artist's new album" Berksandbucksgreatbritishlifecouk Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  15. ^ "Phildel Classical & Instrumental" Myspacecom Retrieved 1 May 2013 
  16. ^ "Phildel" Facebook Retrieved 23 August 2014 
  17. ^ "Ritual by Delerium feat Phildel" metropolisrecordsbandcampcom Retrieved 19 March 2017 

External links

  • Official website
  • Phildel's Official Myspace page
  • Phildel in TITEL kulturmagazin

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