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Omar "Marruchi" Phillips

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OMAR PHILLIPS – Drummer.  Percussionist.  Innovator.  Master creator of rhythmic beats.  Born in Atlanta, GA, Omar has been drumming since the age of five and professionally for 20 years.  Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, he began his illustrious career drumming in the church with his aunt, Evangelist Mary Jordan.  After attending Morris Brown College and being section leader of the Sticking Sensation drum line, his first professional tour was with R&B group Atlantic Starr.  Soon his career skyrocketed and he has since played as an in session percussionist and drummer for as well as toured with all genres of music including hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country and rock.  Artists and groups that have tapped his groove and pocket include Arrested Development, SOS Band, New Edition, Goodie MoB, Donnell Jones, Usher, Jagged Edge, Mary J. Blige, Outkast and Big Boi to name a few.  A master of anything he can get his hands on, Omar specializes in four spectrums of rhythm, live and recorded drumming and live and recorded percussion.  He has secured numerous endorsement deals including DW Drums, REMO drumheads, Kickport, Innovative Percussion drumsticks and Zildjian cymbals.  Omar was influenced to learn and play drums and percussion by James Gadson, Gerry Brown, Sonny Emory, Trilok Gurtru and Walter ‘Clyde’ Orange.  He currently tours with Hip-Hop’s own Big Boi and is gearing up for the much-anticipated reunion of Outkast.  He currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is house drummer and percussionist at the world renowned Stankonia Studios.