Often referred to as ‘the Bad Boy of Southern Soul’ (or sometimes Rude Boy, from the title of his last album), Reggie was born and raised in Memphis. His entry into the professional music world came when he joined the legendary Bar-Kays in the ‘90’s. Reggie went solo soon after, releasing his first album, Who Am I, in 2000 on the Avanti Records label. It was a sign of good things to come – the title track of his 2005 Why Me? album became a monster hit in both the Southern Soul and Beach markets. Reggie followed up with Your Love Is A Bad Habit in 2008, which produced hits from the title track as well as I’ve Got That Feeling. His final album, The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul, came out in late 2010, yielding a hit entitled P’s & Q’s. Reggie had much future potential in the world of music and will certainly be missed but not forgotten.Read More...
For several years Pettus was with the Bar-Kays before going solo. He became known as the 'Prince and Badd Boy of Southern Soul' musicBorn and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the historical Beale Street and Stax Records, where many nationally acclaimed artists such as Isaac Hayes, and Otis Redding revolutionized the music industry, Reggie P. is no amateur to the music scene. Discovered by and a former member of the very well known and loved funk group, The BarKays, Reggie has performed alongside and opened for such headliners as Mel Waiters, The Isley Brothers, R. Kelly, Tyrone Davis, The O'Jays and countless others.
Reggie P. released a pair of obscure albums ("Who Am I", "Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife" ) before his third album "Why Me?" became extremely popular in the South; elevating him to one of top Southern Soul artists. He dubs himself the "Bad Boy" or "Rude Boy" of Southern Soul.
Reggie P died in his sleep in April of 2011 at the age of 46.