with special guest Kenzie Joy
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center
Doors open at 6 p.m. · Show begins at 7 p.m.
This concert is sold out.
One of last year’s biggest singles, the quadruple-platinum "Home" announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, "Home" was the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon — a platinum-selling album that shot to number four on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips's acclaimed debut also features the platinum single "Gone, Gone, Gone" and other numbers that spotlight the 22-year-old Georgia native's songwriting chops. Fresh off his first headlining tour, Phillips is now bringing his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer.
Raised in Leesburg, Georgia, Phillips began making music when he was 14, thanks largely to his older sister's boyfriend (now husband), Benjamin Neil, who taught him how to play guitar. Phillips kept studying guitar on his own and soon mastered riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train". Phillips later formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and added singing to his repertoire.
After graduating high school, Phillips studied industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College in Georgia and continued playing music with his brother-in-law. Encouraged by 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.
Released the same day that Phillips claimed his American Idol victory, "Home" marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner — as well as the highest-ever debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart, with 278,000 downloads sold.
Despite his near-constant touring since the release of The World from the Side of the Moon — including a stint as the opener for Matchbox Twenty — Phillips has managed to keep prolific in his songwriting. "I'm always writing, even if it's just coming up with little ditties or jotting down lyrics or working on guitar parts," Phillips says. The past year's jam-packed touring schedule has granted him the long-craved opportunity to play his own songs for live audiences night after night. Above all, performing live offers a sense of freedom that Phillips finds essential to making music.
"We just go out there and jam out and try to make it different and exciting, instead of playing the songs exactly how they sound on the album," he says. "It's all about real musicians playing real music that we're passionate about and just having a good time, and hopefully we're giving the crowd a good time too."