Phillip Phillips Bio


The same day that Leesburg, GA bred Phillip Phillips claimed his victory in American Idol's season 11 finale, the 22-year-old songwriter/guitarist released "Home," a debut single that showcases his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills- and marked the biggest opening sales week for an Idol winner's coronation song. The track has since gone triple platinum and was used as the soundtrack for the 2012 US Olympics Women's Gymnastics team and more recently has become the unofficial theme for Hurricane Sandy relief. 

Phillip Phillips released his debut album The World From The Side Of The Moon (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records) in November where is debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and has already reached gold status.  His debut single “Home” topped the charts and Phillip will release his second single “Gone Gone Gone” this month.

Phillips first began making music when he was 14, thanks largely to his older sister’s boyfriend (and now husband), Ben Neil, who taught him how to play guitar.  Phillips kept on studying guitar on his own (“mostly by playing along to the karaoke machine”) and soon found himself mastering riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” Several years later, Phillips formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and added singing to his repertoire.  After graduating high school, Phillips began studying industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College in Georgia and continued playing music with his brother-in-law. With encouragement from his family and friends, Phillips took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol in summer 2011—and soon found himself tearing through powerful, full-throated performances of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett on the Idol stage.

American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips kicks off 2013 with a Gold album.  Sales of his debut The World From The Side Of The Moon (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records) reach 595,777 this week making it the fastest selling debut from an American Idol winner since season seven’s David Cook released his in 2008.    The World From The Side Of The Moon was released on November 19th and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. The album jumps from #11 back up to #4 this week.   Phillips’ hit single “Home” sees sales over 3.4 million making it the most successful coronation song of any American Idol winner.

The press has lauded praise on Phillips’ debut with Entertainment Weekly declaring The World From The Side Of The Moon as “the most relevant debut album the Idol machine has cranked out in years,” and Newsday stating “As his smash 'Home' has shown, Phillips can't really miss, and his debut offers more like that -- in the catchy 'So Easy' and 'Can't Go Wrong.' says “From Phillips' signature raspy vocals to his intricate guitar playing and solid songwriting, The World from the Side of the Moon is a legitimate lead in towards long-term success for the Leesburg, Georgia native.”  

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