Phildel is a British singer-songwriter from London. Her name is a composite of her Chinese father and Irish mother's names - Philip and Della.
At the age of 9, Phildel's mother married a strictly religious Muslim, Phildel's name/religion/lifestyle/dress-code were changed by force, all of her personal possessions were seized and music became a forbidden evil within the household. This meant 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).It was a refuge creating and playing her own compositions relentlessly. She ran away from home, at 17 to escape her home-life and to finally follow her dreams.
She got together 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 lead 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).