Burlap to Cashmere

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Burlap to Cashmere
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresWorldbeat, acoustic, contemporary Christian
Years active1994–present

Burlap to Cashmere is a contemporary Christian world music band formed in the 1990s by John Philippidis and Steven Delopoulos. Their music draws heavily on folk and world music influences, especially Greek folk music.


Burlap to Cashmere was formed in the winter of 1994 by cousins John Philippidis and Steven Delopoulos. The troupe was originally a college theater show that Steven Delopoulos put together for his final exam at Marymount Manhattan college, a theater and dance college which Delopoulos attended. He later asked his then 14-year-old cousin Johnny to join him in the show, and the band was formed. Members Mike Ernest (guitar) and childhood friend Theodore Pagano (drums) followed.

In 1995 Jamison Ernest managed the band and arranged for them to play at The Bitter End on a regular basis.

In 1998 Burlap to Cashmere signed with A&M Records and released the full-length recording Anybody Out There? followed by an A&M re-release of Live at the Bitter End, but the constant touring "caused Burlap to burn bright and then burn out."[1]

In 2005, a new Burlap to Cashmere demo album was recorded.[2] The demo was never released. While returning home from the studio,[3] John Philippidis was nearly beaten to death in an altercation that took place subsequent to a minor motor vehicle accident.

In 2007, Burlap to Cashmere was billed on tour dates for Jars of Clay and NEEDTOBREATHE, with Delopoulos and Philippidis performing an acoustic set as a duo.

On July 19, 2011, Burlap to Cashmere released their first full-length album in 13 years, the self-titled Burlap to Cashmere.[4][better source needed]

In 2012, the band was recruited by director Brett Leonard to be the launch artist for his musical cinema concept "PopFictionLife".[citation needed] The resulting full-length feature The Other Country - Starring Burlap to Cashmere was shot on the road during one of the band's tours, with subsequent filming done around Los Angeles. The movie tells the story of the band's history, along with live concert footage and recordings. The film also stars Samantha Lockwood and America's Next Top Model winner Nicole Fox.[citation needed]

In 2015, the band released their third album, Freedom Souls, as a digital-only release.[citation needed]

Solo projects[edit]

In 2003, Delopoulos released a criticality acclaimed solo album Me Died Blue on Universal South Records. 1000 copies of a live recording titled Live at the Bluebird, released exclusively at tour shows. Delopoulos released a second solo album in the fall of 2007 entitled "Straightjacket "

In June 2018, Steve opened for Alison Krauss at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapid, MI and at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.

Delopoulos released his newest single, "Yellow and Green" February 14th 2019.

Philippidis (under the name "Johnny Philipps") has toured with band Tamarama, as well as, recording countless sessions including T.V. and film work.


  • Live at the Bitter End (1998)
  • Anybody Out There? (1998)
  • Burlap to Cashmere (2011)
  • From The Vault EP (2013)
  • Freedom Souls (2015)


  • Steven Delopoulos - Songwriter, lead vocals, guitar
  • John Philippidis - Guitar, Vocals
  • Theodore Pagano - Drums


  1. ^ "Unlimited Music Anywhere". Rhapsody. November 14, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Update on Burlap to Cashmere's Johnny Philippidis". Notes in the Key of Life by Cindy Swanson. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "ROAD-RAGE HORROR. MUSICIAN IN A COMA AFTER BEATING IN B'KLYN FIGHT - SUSPECT ARRESTED". New York: Daily News. November 17, 2005. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Burlap To Cashmere - Music". burlaptocashmere.com.

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