Phillip Phillips is an American singer-songwriter and actor who won the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012. Growing up in Leesburg, Georgia, Phillips first picked up guitar at age 14 and soon mastered riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” (mostly by playing along to his family’s karaoke machine). He also took up singing and songwriting as a teenager, in addition to forming an acoustic band with his older sister and brother-in-law. While studying at Albany Technical College in Georgia, Phillips continued playing music with his brother-in-law, landing gigs in nearby college towns and at festivals. With encouragement from his family and friends, he took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol emerging as the winner. Premiering the same day he claimed his victory, “Home,” marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner and the highest-ever debut on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.
Released in fall 2012, Phillips’s first full-length The World from the Side of the Moon debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and quickly went platinum. With Behind the Light following in early 2014, he went on a worldwide tour and co-headlining run with Matt Nathanson in 2016. Increasingly known for his high-energy live shows, Phillips has also toured with John Mayer, shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen at the Rock in Rio festival, and supported the Goo Goo Dolls’ summer 2017 national summer tour.
For his third and most recent album Collateral, the Georgia-bred singer/songwriter channeled all that upheaval into his most penetrating and powerful selection of songs so far. In achieving that broader sonic palette, Phillips joined forces with an eclectic lineup of producers that includes Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, Cayucas), and Nathan Chapman (Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift).
Phillips has supported Save The Music Foundation and DoSomething.org. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is honored to have Phillips participate in the 2020 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show.
Phillip Phillips’s appearance arranged through Gotham Artists.