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Getting to know … Phillip Phillips

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By Brandon Hosley


Alright, fellow Southwest Georgians, we’re not done yet. The saga continues. While in search of the next big hit in the music field, I was drawn to yet another amazing individual.

I was darting through the mall, on the hunt for weekend wear a few months back, when tunes from an acoustic guitar filled the walkway of a retailer. I, being the relentless music lover that I am, surveyed the area until I was able to track down the source. It was none other than the genre-less sensation, whom I’d heard much about, but never actually seen him in person. It was quite an amazing approach to performing live. I was intrigued by the style of music. So, I became a fan “at large”.

A couple of months later, I discover that this guy would be performing as an opening act for my band. I thought to myself, “Now, this isn’t by chance, it has to be by design”. Outstanding show, yet again. This young man’s show needs to make it to everyone’s headphones, stereos and even eyes, for that matter. Well, with this mini-series, this is a sure start to just that!


Real Name: Phillip Phillips

Age: 20

Hometown: Sasser


I got the chance to catch Phillip by himself and have a rap session with him. This is what I left with …


               When did you first start singing? I started singing in my living room when I was about 17, I believe. Not a pretty noise to hear, either. I use to record myself on camera playing and singing then go back and listen and see what I needed to work on. I actually watched it not too long ago. Very embarrassing.

               Who else in your family sings? Everyone in my family sings. We’re a very close family and love music. We help each other out in music to teach each other what do to better.

               Who are your musical inspirations? I love all music. Inspirations would have to be my brother-in-law Ben Neil, I really look up to him in music. He’s very talented. Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, Ray LaMontagne, and so many more inspire me. Music is just awesome! I can’t really say who all inspires me [ha].

               What kind of music do you listen to today? I’ve been listening to a lot of ranges, recently. Tool, Paramore and the John Butler Trio — awesome bands, fa sho.

               Where would you most like to perform? Ooooh … I would love to perform everywhere! Ha. But if I had to choose one place, I don’t know, I’d say either Red Rocks or The Gorge. Very cool Venues.

               If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing? I have no idea. I love to perform in front of people especially people who have never heard me. I would probably still be going to school figure that out. Ha.

               Do you play any instruments? I play guitar and I’m in love with it. It’s such an amazing instrument. So many things can be accomplished with it. I fiddle with piano but I don’t apply myself to it. I also play the bass. It’s pretty fun.

               If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be? I’d have to say bluegrass music. Musicians that play it really good are amazing. It’s a very catchy style of music and free sounding.

               What hidden talents do you have? I can belly dance (kind of) and I can pop my thumb out of place. That’s right ladies, 2-for-1 for ya!

               Do you enjoy writing music/lyrics? It’s a love/hate relationship. The lyrics I have, I am very proud of, but then I can write some that I just want to spit on. I’m very critical when it comes to writing music and lyrics. I don’t like gushy love songs or songs that are just stupid and make no sense at all. If you write a love song, make it different — don’t just write, “I love you baby, you are so wonderful …!” It aggravates me. I like to make people think about my lyrics, or that’s what I’m trying for anyways.

               How did you get started? When I was 14, I would watch my brother-in-law and thought it was amazing how he played. So, I picked up the guitar and learned, as well. I would just listen to music all day and night trying to figure out songs. It was a challenge and I loved it. I would just keep practicing and finally I started singing to myself. I didn’t know if it was good but I kept singing, anyways. One day, while I was playing at a church with my sister and friends, they told me I was going to sing and I was like “Whaaat?” I think I turned whiter than a ghost that day. The church was packed but I got through it and did what I could do and I’m glad they pushed me, because I probably wouldn’t be singing today if they didn’t.

               Who are your favorite bands/singers? Favorite bands? I love many bands, but Rob Thomas, Ray LaMontagne, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Pearl Jam, Michael Buble, Eminem. There are just so many bands that I love and I can’t name them all.
               What do you think about when you’re performing? “Don’t screw up.  Don’t screw up!” Haha. I don’t really think about too much, I really lose myself in the music when I play and that’s where I’m most comfortable.

               What kind of genre of music can’t you stand to listen to? I can’t stand the pop music like Bieber, Bruno Mars and The Jonas Brothers. Sorry — that’s just me, ha!

               What else can we expect from you in the future? Hopefully, make a living playing music, making records AND having people love them. That’s what I would love … more than anything.


It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to share the dreams of the people that I encounter daily. It’s a sense of pride, knowing that no two people are alike and we can celebrate the greatness of others’ gifts. I’m convinced that this is only the beginning! I will continue to seek out the talent that surrounds us. We have so much to be proud of in SWGA and it only gets better. Stay tuned for the next big talent to be discovered. Keep your eyes and ears open. The talent here is still growing “and the beat goes on”!

Check out Phillips on the web: www.reverbnation.com/phillipphillipsmusic

Also, “like” his fan page on Facebook: Phillip Phillip’s Music.

Brandon A. Hosley is a wardrobe consultant and stylist in Albany. He can reached at bhstyle1@gmail.com.

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