ABOUT PHILLIP PHILLIPS
Born in Albany, Georgia, Phillip Phillips grew up in Leesburg and began playing guitar at the age of 14. Mentored by his long-time friend and brother-in-law, Benjamin Neil, he formed the Phillip Phillips band with Neil and his other brother-in-law, Todd Urick in 2009. The following year, he won the local singing competition Albany Star.
Phillips auditioned for the second season of America’s Got Talent, but it was on Season 11 of American Idol that he came to public attention. He won against Jessica Sanchez after a record-breaking 132 million votes were cast and shortly after released his coronation song, "Home," which had the biggest digital sales week for any Idol winner's coronation song.
2012: Career beginnings post-American Idol
Phillips embarked upon the American Idol LIVE Tour from July to September 2012 with the rest of the top ten finalists after winning the show. That October, he performed the National Anthem at the opening game of the 2012 World Series. The following month, he collaborated with the PS22 chorus of Staten Island for a concert to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"Home", was a huge success, selling over five million copies in the US and debuting at number 10 on the Billboard 200, peaking at number six. Phillips spent much of 2012 after his win performing the song on television, including on The Today Show and Good Morning America Concert Series, Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live With Kelly, The View, and Conan.
2012-2013: The World from the Side of the Moon
The World from the Side of the Moon, Phillips’ debut album, was released on November 19, 2012. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and it stayed for seven weeks in the top 10 on the chart. It has since been certified platinum by the RIAA. It launched the singles "Home" and "Gone, Gone, Gone", which both charted the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and both hit number-one on the Adult Contemporary chart for more than three weeks. "Home" was certified quadruple-platinum and "Gone, Gone, Gone" was certified platinum.
January 2013 saw Phillips appearing on the cover of Billboard magazine with Interscope Records founder and CEO and American Idol mentor, Jimmy Iovine. That month, he also began to tour with Matchbox Twenty as the opening act for their North American tour and performed ten headlining college dates with a four-piece acoustic band. After his tour with Matchbox Twenty, he played more headlining college shows with an electric band from March through May.
Phillips toured as the opening act for John Mayer's Born and Raised World Tour July 6 to October 5, 2013, followed by more headlining college dates, and then back on tour with Mayer until December 17.
2014-2015: Behind the Light
Phillips’ second studio album, Behind the Light, was released on May 16, 2014, and debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200. The album was preceded by its first single, "Raging Fire", which was released on March 3, 2014, and earned Phillips his first BMI pop music songwriting award. This was followed by the promotional single "Fly" on April 22.
That summer, he toured as support for O.A.R., and in the fall he launched the Behind The Light Fall Tour 2014 to support the second album.
In January 2015, Phillips filed a lawsuit against his label 19 Recordings, which was eventually settled in June 2017.
2016: American Idol finale and Invictus Games
Phillips returned to the American Idol stage for the 2016 series finale that April, joining David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee Dewyze, and Nick Fradiani in a tribute to David Bowie. The following month, he performed at the 2016 Invictus Games closing ceremony in Orlando, Florida. In June 2016, Phillips started a co-headlining tour with Matt Nathanson in San Diego, which ended that August at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Summer 2017 saw Phillips as the opening act of the Goo Goo Dolls’ Long Way Home Tour. That August, he released the single "Miles" as the lead track to his forthcoming album. In October, he performed a cover of Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" at the CMT Artists of the Year awards where it won Song of the Year.
Collateral, Phillips’ third studio album, was released in January 2018. He supported the album’s release with over 40 shows from February through April. That summer, he hit the road again on his own headlining tour and on a co-headlining tour with Gavin DeGraw.
In September 2019, Phillips collaborated with American Authors and Maddie Poppe on a new version of the song "Bring It on Home".
2020-present: Return to American Idol and pandemic relief efforts
Phillips returned to American Idol on May 3, 2020, and opened the Top 10 by performing "Home". He also performed with the Idol alumni ensemble for "We Are the World" with Lionel Richie on the season finale on May 17, 2020.
Phillips performed at pandemic relief efforts for Sendero Together for Texas and for the Phoebe Hospital Foundation. In July 2021, performed "Home" in support of the Project Angel Food telethon.
Phillips will be co-headlines a 25 city tour with Jon Foreman of the band Switchfoot in January and February 2022.