Phillip D. Anderson Sr., also known by his stage names Suay Lo and Diggz, is a rapper, singer, record, radio and television producer, media personality, and entrepreneur. He is a six time award winner, including a national award for television production excellence. He founded Suayphil Entertainment in 2006, which later became the most recognized entertainment operation in Maury County, TN.
Anderson dropped out of school in 1993 once his group, Notorious, scored a local music hit, Mini Park after Dark. The band packed up and went to Los Angeles for a brief period when Death Row Records showed interest in them. Notorious was unsuccessful in landing a deal with the then music powerhouse, but that didn't stop Anderson and team from continuing on their quest for music supremacy. After the trip home from Cali, Notorious submitted their music in a contest held by the Nashville urban radio station, 92Q. They won the contest, and a management contract with Lady D Entertainment with Wendy Collins. The band became the opening act for artists ranging from Tony Terry and Adina Howard to Craig Mack and The Notorious B.I.G. The band split in 1995 and Anderson decided to go to New York City for bigger opportunities.
Almost immediately upon Anderson's arrival to the Big Apple, the offers started to pour in. He finally settled in with two companies. The first was 229th Entertainment, an underground Hip Hop/ R&B company, and a branch of the then Uptown Records. This was where he honed his skills as a songwriter and record producer. He was in artist development when Uptown folded, so he never had that major release. In 1998 Anderson started recording his first solo effort. Along the way he met Kiron Dawkins, and the two took the Greenwich Village music scene by storm. They played in numerous clubs around the city, including the world famous Café Wah. In 1999, Anderson, along with producer and mentor, Robert Taylor, released Suay Lo's My Time 2 Shine LP. That cd gave them the opportunity to be the headlining act in the Korean Millennium Festival, which only happens every 100 years. This was also the year he went to Uptime University to study audio engineering to add to his arsenal of talents and gifts. This soon landed him an engineering assistant's gig at Exit 6 Studios in Port Chester, NY, where he was fortunate to work with some amazing talent, including Brucey Miller, baby brother of Mary J. Blige. While working at Exit 6, Anderson landed a production assistant job with Viacom Productions on the hit television show, “Ed.” He also freelanced on a whole host of shows including 3rd Watch, Law and Order, Oz and The Sopranos. “Ed” was cancelled in 2002 and Anderson went on to pursue other independent endeavors before leaving New York for Tennessee for a year in early 2003.
While in TN, Anderson produced his sophomore music effort, “Sex, Lies and Hip Hop Music – Book II.” It generated enough buzz to put him onto the Nashville music scene, but sales were dismal. His stock started to rise when he met Kerry James and linked up with Terry Williams. The three of them began producing a gospel music stage play and hired R&B singer Dave Hollister, formerly of the group Blackstreet. After that play, numerous offers started to pour in, including a halftime performance at a professional basketball game. A chance meeting at Anderson's recording studio placed Josh “Mr. Clean” Turner and Luke Jones inside his facility for a session. Anderson thought these guys had a real gift, but his busy schedule did not allow him to take a real interest in the group at the time. He did, however, attempt to shop the group to other local producers. Anderson continued to work in the studio with the guys.