Antonio Neal (Phelon)
June 7, 1973
R&B, Soul, Gospel
Antonio Neal Phelon, was born on June 7, 1973, in Alton, Illinois, into a family of seven children, where his father was a construction worker on extended duration projects that kept him away from home, but for two weekends a month. His mother was an integral force in fostering his faith development, where she was a devoted church attendee, while his brother brought about his love of gospel music with listening to artists Andraé Crouch and Commissioned He went to Texas A&M University on a full basketball scholarship during his first year, while he would marry, Sharralisa, at just 19 years-old, eventually moving back home to Illinois. Phelon would play his remaining three years of basketball eligibility, with three different programs, all the while getting full scholarships.
Phelon's music recording career began in 1999, with an independently-made album, Issues of Life, under the name Amani, on Grapetree Records followed by a second album on Grapetree, Songs of Love. His first studio album, Days of My Life, was released on August 2, 2005, with EMI Gospel. The only hip hop music album, Bible Megamix, was released in 2009, from Anshar Forever Records. He released, an extended play, Welcome Home, in 2014, with Madison Line Records. He has won two GMA Dove Awards, the first in 2007 for his production work on It's Not Over by Karen Clark Sheard, and songwriting in 42nd GMA Dove Awards for "There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace" by Point of Grace.
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