Jean-Philip Grobler, known by his stage name St. Lucia, is a South African-born, Brooklyn-based musician. He is signed to Neon Gold Records which released his self-titled EP and his debut album When the Night.
Grobler was born in Johannesburg and raised in South Africa. He spent much of his childhood singing in the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir which travelled and performed internationally.
Grobler started making music when he was 12 years old. He was inspired by Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Sting and Phil Collins. He soon was experimenting with rock music; however, after 10 years, he got bored with it and got back to the 80s music influences from his childhood. In 2013, when asked about his main musical influences, he noted Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac (especially Tango in the Night), Radiohead (OK Computer), Mew (And the Glass Handed Kites), and Paul Simon (Graceland). He has also cited Lionel Richie’s album Dancing on the Ceiling as an influence