Photo by Julia Li

Phil Naro March 13th, 1958 – May 2nd, 2021

In a statement from his family;
It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our son, father, friend, and musician Phillip Sampognaro, known professionally as Phil Naro. Phil fought a valiant battle against cancer over the last few years but left this earth last night surrounded by his family and closest friends.

A citizen of both The United States and Canada, he died at his home in Rochester. Funeral arrangements and tributes will be announced shortly. He is survived by sons James and John; brother Joseph; and his mother, Maria, who he loved dearly. Phil was one of those rare individuals known as a “singer’s singer.” A staple of both the Canadian and US music scene, Phil had become a mainstay in venues ranging from clubs to large performing arts centers and massive arenas.

In a statement from Nick Katona; Melodic Revolution Records
It is with deep sadness, I report that my long-time friend and veteran musician Phillip Sampognaro, known professionally as Phil Naro. passed away last night due to cancer. Phil died way too young and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Phil was charismatic and larger than life, and a friend to all that knew him. His music touched so many lives. Phil had a golden voice; he was always being sought out to guest on someone’s album or to join a band on a more permanent basis. He has worked with the likes of Colin Tench Project, Talas, Unified Past, Lee Aaron, Peter Chris, Bryan May, Druckfarben, Jim Crean, Corvus Stone, DDrive, among others. Thank you for your friendship and the gift of music, rest in peace, my friend.

In a statement From Billy Sheehan:
“Phil Naro. One of the finest human beings I have ever known. I’m deeply saddened to report his passing,” tweeted bassist Billy Sheehan, who played in Talas with Naro. “He fought a valiant battle till the end, and inspired all who knew him to stay positive and keep going against all odds. God bless you, Phil. Rest in peace dear friend.”