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Phillip Phillips

 

Phillip Phillips (born September 20, 1990 in Leesburg, Georgia, USA) is an American singer and winner of American Idol season 11.

Phillips grew up in Leesburg, Georgia and went to Lee County High School. He graduated Albany Technical College, but had to miss the graduation ceremony due to being on American Idol.

Phillips auditioned for American Idol in Savannah, Georgia. He auditioned by singing the Stevie Wonder song “Superstition.” The judges then asked him to audition with his guitar where he performed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” He made it to the Hollywood rounds and later to Las Vegas round.

On February 23, 2012, Phillips was chosen as one of the Top 24 semi-finalists. For the semi-finals, he performed “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced to the Top 13. After the Top 13 performance night, Phillips was taken to a doctor for possible kidney stones. The Home Songfacts reports that after advancing to the final, Phillips was declared the winner on May 23, 2012. He won with a record breaking total vote count of 132 million.

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.

Phillips was born in Albany, Georgia, to Sheryl 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 credited 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 said his 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 said that he grew up mainly listening to 60's and 70's music like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. He then said as he grew up, "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 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.

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