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Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr. (born September 20, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter who won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012. His coronation song, "Home," released after his win, became the best selling of all coronation songs. His debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on November 19, 2012. His second album, Behind the Light, was released on May 19, 2014."Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol'". Rolling Stone. May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. "Phillip Phillips crowned American Idol winner". May 29, 2012. "Home run". New Straits Times. Paul Grein (October 24, 2012). "Chart Watch Extra: Phillip Phillips’ Idol Record". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). Retrieved October 24, 2012. Phil Gallo (January 7, 2013). "'Phillip Phillips' The Billboad Cover Story". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2013. Cite error: The named reference LATimes_Oct2012 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/behind-the-light/id860371899
Phillips was born in Albany, Georgia, to Sheryl (Jacks) and Phillip LaDon "Donnie" Phillips, Sr., and moved to Leesburg, Georgia when he was twelve. He grew up in Sasser and Leesburg, and attended Lee County High School. He graduated from Albany Technical College with a major in Industrial Systems Technology, but missed the graduation ceremony due to his obligations to American Idol. Prior to appearing on American Idol, he worked at his family's pawn shop.
Phillips started playing music, particularly the guitar, when he was 14. He was mentored by his long-time friend and brother-in-law, Benjamin Neil, whom he credits for piquing his interest in music. In 2009, he formed the Phillip Phillips Band with Neil and another brother-in-law, Todd Urick, and performed in various local venues and events. He won a local singing competition, "Albany Star," in 2010.
Phillips' favorite singer is Jonny Lang, and other favorites include John Butler, Dave Matthews and Damien Rice, and he also enjoyed Mumford & Sons and Tool. He grew up mainly listening to 60's and 70's music like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin;"Then as I got older I found Damien Rice and Dave Matthews and John Butler, which is what really set it off for me in terms of finding my voice as a musician." He has described his music as "jazz and rock alternative sound."
Prior to trying out for American Idol, he also auditioned on the second season of America's Got Talent but did not make it to its finals."Phillip Phillips Talks Christmas In Georgia & Going "Home" For The Holidays". Retrieved Dec 8, 2012. "Phillips given key to Leesburg". Albany Herald. Retrieved May 24, 2012. McNiece, Mia; Nudd, Tim (May 24, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Had Eight Operations During American Idol Run, His Father Says". Time, Inc. Retrieved June 18, 2012. "WhitePages - Find People". WhitePages, Inc. Retrieved June 18, 2012. "District Attorney moves forward with Phillips' case". Fox 31. May 15, 2013. "Phillip Phillips Sings @LCHS 2009 Graduation". Bluestar. "Lee County High School - News and Events". Lee.k12.ga.us. Retrieved May 24, 2012. Cite error: The named reference walb was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "American Idol star Phillip Phillips to miss graduation". January 22, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012. Kathy Strain (February 14, 2013). "BWW Interview: AMERICAN IDOL Winner Phillip Phillips Chats About his IDOL Experiences and More". Broadway World. "Bibliography". Interscope Records. Retrieved 12 March 2014. "Phillip Phillips has hit the local the music scene like a rocket!". Albany uncoverd. September 13, 2011. "Albany Panther Announce Tailgate". The Albany Journal. April 29, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2012. Ashley Knight (May 21, 2011). "Albany Star holds round one of competition Saturday". Fox31online. Portia Medina (May 23, 2012). "Phillip Phillips 'American Idol'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2012. Michele Amabile Angermiller, Didi Benami (May 22, 2012). "'American Idol' Champ Phillip Phillips on 'Home': 'I Told Them It's Not My Single' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2012. Erin O’Sullivan (May 23, 2012). "Idol Finalists Jessica Sanchez & Phillip Phillips Dish On Their America’s Got Talent Past". Access Hollywood.
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Phillips auditioned in Savannah, Georgia. He sang "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. The judges then asked him to perform a second song with his guitar, and he performed Michael Jackson's "Thriller." He advanced to the Hollywood rounds, and later to the Las Vegas round.
On February 23, 2012, Phillips was chosen as one of the Top 25 semi-finalists, and was then voted into the Top 13. His performance style on the show has been compared to Dave Matthews, and he covered one of his songs, "The Stone," in the competition. When asked about Phillips' imitation of his style, Dave Matthews said: "More power to him, I don't mind," and added "He should kick my ass, [then] maybe I can retire and he can take over my band."
After the Top 13 performance night, Phillips was taken to a doctor for possible kidney stones. He had eight procedures while he was on Idol, and considered quitting the show due to the pain.
For his Top 3 performance, Phillips sang Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight." As the sole contestant who was never in jeopardy of elimination in any week of the competition, Phillips became the winner on the finale against Jessica Sanchez after a record-breaking 132 million votes were cast. His coronation song, "Home," was released after his performance, and had the biggest digital sales week for any Idol winner's coronation song.^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save on Jessica Sanchez, the Top 7 remained intact for another week. Graham, Adam (January 18, 2012). "'American Idol': David Leathers Jr., Phillip Phillips Wow". MTV. Retrieved April 27, 2012. Reiher, Andrea (January 18, 2012). "'American Idol': Phillip Phillips' 'Thriller,' 'Superstition' win the night". Zap2It. Retrieved April 28, 2012. "Watch Phillip Phillips Perform "Nice and Slow" in American Idol 2012 Final Judgment Part 1 on February 22". February 22, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. "'American Idol' reveals 14 of eleventh season's Top 24 semifinalists". February 23, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. "Phillip Phillips phenomenon grows". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012. "American Idol – Access Hollywood". Retrieved March 2, 2012. "Phillip Phillips Dave Matthews Mannerisms on American Idol". Dave Matthews blog. Meg Miller (May 2, 2012). "Dave Matthews: Idol’s Phillip Phillips Should". Vulture. "‘American Idol’ Contestant Phil Phillips Says He’s Fine After Seeing Doctor". March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012. "‘American Idol’ winner Phil Phillips to undergo surgery, talks about health issues". May 25, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. Brian Mansfield (May 24, 2012). "Surgery won't affect Idols tour, Phillips says". Idol Chatter (USA Today). Retrieved May 25, 2012. Lyndsey Parker (June 29, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Comes Out Of Hiding, Rocks Out For Yahoo! Music". Reality Rocks. Yahoo Music. Retrieved August 15, 2012. The Beauty Mania editors (May 23, 2012). "Entertainment Paradise:American Idol season 11 Winner is Phillip Phillips!". Beautymania.biz. Retrieved May 23, 2012. Caulfield, Keith (May 30, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
After winning American Idol, Phillips went on the American Idol LIVE Tour from July to September with the rest of the Top 10 finishers of season 11. He performed the National Anthem at the opening game of the 2012 World Series on October 24, 2012. On November 15, he joined forces with the PS22 chorus of Staten Island for a concert to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. He also performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 6, 2012.
Phillips' coronation song, "Home," was a great success with sales of over 4 million copies in the US. It has been used in NBC's coverage of the Olympics, L.A. Marathon, various commercials, film trailers, and TV shows. He performed "Home" on the PBS Independence Day celebration TV special, A Capitol 4th. He appeared at the 83rd MLB All-Star Game held at Kansas City on July 10 and sang his coronation song. On October 9, 2012, he joined other musicians in the One World concert held in Syracuse University to honor the Dalai Lama. He also performed "Home" on the CNN Heroes special aired on December 2, 2012, and the CBS's A Home for the Holidays on December 19, 2012.
2012–13: The World from the Side of the Moon
On October 15, Interscope announced that Phillips would release his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, on November 19, 2012. The album was produced by Gregg Wattenberg, with Phillips writing or co-writing the majority of the disc. On November 6, 2012, "Where We Came From" was released in advance of the album as a free download on pre-order and for sale. The album debuted at No. 4 in the Billboard 200 with sales of 169,000 copies, and was certified Platinum by RIAA in August 2013.
On January 29, 2013, Phillips began a tour in North America with Matchbox Twenty as his opening act. He also headlined ten college dates in January with a four-piece acoustic band, and a further college tour with an electric band from March through May after his tour with Matchbox Twenty. Nine of his college tour dates however were postponed due to his continuing health issue. From July 6 to October 5, 2013, he toured as the opening act for John Mayer's Born and Raised World Tour, followed by his own college tour and then further dates with John Mayer until December 17. He also performed at the international music festival Rock in Rio, in Rio de Janeiro on September 21, the same day as John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen. In 2014, a solo tour of Canada is also scheduled, as well as other dates in the US.
The third single released from the album was "Where We Came From."
"Gone, Gone, Gone" from the album was released as a single on February 11, 2013. Phillips performed the song live on the March 14, 2013 edition of American Idol. "Gone, Gone, Gone" was also used as the twelfth season's "send-off" song, played as the backing track for the montages that highlight each week's eliminated finalist.
2014: Behind the Light
In March 2013, Phillips stated that he was "always writing" and that his second studio album would be released sometime in 2014. The album, Behind the Light, was released on May 19, 2014.
On February 26, 2014, he announced the debut single from his second album, "Raging Fire." The single was released digitally on March 3, 2014. A promotional single, "Fly," was released alongside the album's pre-order on April 22, 2014.
Phillips toured with O.A.R. in the summer of 2014.
In January 2015, Phillips was reported to have filed a lawsuit against his label 19 Recordings, calling the producers manipulative and "oppressive."Lyndsey Parker (October 24, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Sings The National Anthem, His Way, At The World Series". Yahoo Music. Retrieved October 25, 2012. Michele Amabile Angermiller (November 17, 2012). "'Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips and PS 22 Cover Oasis and Michael Jackson for Hurricane Sandy Relief (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Beth Stebner (December 7, 2012). "Santa Claus is coming to Capitol Hill! Obamas turn on National Christmas Tree lights (and even the President was singing carols)". The Daily Mail. Paul Grein (February 20, 2013). "Week Ending Feb. 17, 2013. Songs: "Harlem Shake" Debuts At #1". Chart Watch, Yahoo Music. Retrieved February 20, 2013. Michele Amabile Angermiller (April 10, 2012). "Phillip Phillips' 'Home': A Hit at Radio, in Movies and Middle School Choirs (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Amanda Bell (July 5, 2012). "He’s Back! Phillip Phillips Rocks Out to "Home" for Fourth of July Celebration". Wetpaint. "WATCH: Phillip Phillips Performs His Single "Home" at All-Star Game". Gossipcop. July 10, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012. Michele Amabile Angermiller (October 10, 2012). "'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Performs for The Dalai Lama (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2012. "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute". CNN. November 28, 2012. Justin Harp (December 17, 2012). "Rascal Flatts, Phillip Phillips for CBS Home for the Holidays telethon". Digital Spy. Gerrick D. Kennedy (October 15, 2012). "Phillip Phillips to release debut album in November". The Los Angeles Times. Michele Amabile Angermiller (October 13, 2012). "'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Sets Album Release Date; Unveils Title". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 15, 2012. "Where We Came From". Amazon. Retrieved November 6, 2012. Keith Caulfield (November 28, 2012). "Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut In Top Five". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2012. "American album certifications – Phillip Phillips – The World from the Side of the Moon". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH "Phillip Phillips on Matchbox Twenty North American Tour". matchboxtwenty.com. December 11, 2012. "'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Joins Matchbox 20 Tour". The Hollywood Reporter. December 11, 2012. Cite error: The named reference billboard_cover was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Michele Amabile Angermiller (May 6, 2013). "Phillip Phillips Postpones Solo Tour Dates". The Hollywood Reporter. Marc Schneider (March 21, 2013). "John Mayer Announces First Tour in 3 Years". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2013. Katie Sheehan (October 14, 2013). "Phillip Phillips to Re-Release "The World From the Side of the Moon"". ArtsDirect. "PHILLIP PHILLIPS, WELCOME TO ROCK IN RIO!". rockinrio.com. March 11, 2013. "American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to perform at Wild Adventures". Albany Herald. February 7, 2014. Kevin Rutherford (October 31, 2013). "Phillip Phillips, 'Where We Came From (Live)': Exclusive Video Premiere". Billboard. Nicole Pajer (March 23, 2013). "Phillip Phillips 'Always Writing' for Next Album". Billboard. Brian Mansfield (March 28, 2014). "Phillip Phillips releasing sophomore album in May". USA TODAY. "‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips announces new single ‘Raging Fire’ February 26, 2014". Cater Matt. "New Music: Phillip Phillips - 'Fly' (Review)". Direct Lyrics. Brian Mansfield (June 12, 2014). "Phillip Phillips talks tour, new album success". USA TODAY. Kory Grow (January 27, 2015). "Phillip Phillips Seeks Break From 'Oppressive' 'American Idol' Producer". Rolling Stone.
Phillips has suffered from a congenital kidney condition that produces stones so large that he cannot pass them. Soon after American Idol finished, he had the kidney stones removed as well as reconstructive surgery done on his kidney.
On December 26, 2014, Phillips announced his engagement to girlfriend Hannah Blackwell.Gil Kaufman (June 7, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Has Kidney Surgery". MTV. Marisa Laudadio (July 1, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Reveals Details of Year-Long Kidney Crisis". People.com. Retrieved July 3, 2012. Michele Amabile Angermiller (December 26, 2014). "'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Gets Engaged". The Hollywood Reporter.