Phillip Phillips: The Guy Next Door

(Québec) Even if you think you don’t know Phillip Phillips, his song Home has certainly made its way into your ears during the past year. The winner of American Idol 2012 brings his luminous and soaring folk into the Louis-Fréchette hall on Monday and, except for one lonely floor ticket, it’s a sold out show.

“I didn’t know … That’s it, I’m really nervous now,” he says with a smile in his voice when Le Soleil tells him about it. This voice is also sounding even deeper than usual due to a cold.  The 23 year-old singer is unpretentious and has everything going to win us over. And it’s with this same ease that he answered our questions.

Phillips, who will be touring Canada almost exclusively until April, is riding the wave, entirely devoted to the pleasure of playing the songs from his debut album, The World From The Side Of The Moon, some covers randomly chosen at each stop and a few tracks from his second album to be released some time in May.

Is there a title? Not yet. But like the title of his first album, the singer and guitar player will not limit himself to the songs’ titles for his inspiration; he will find a new formula.

[quote style=”1″]”People will see another side of me. I think it is more mature as an album, both in terms of the music and the lyrics.  Anyway, I hope this is the impression that people have while listening to it. It’s going to be darker.”[/quote]

This statement, coming from an artist who has had such an impressive year, is surprising. “Let’s say that what is happening in my professional life and what happens to me personally is not always connected,” Phillips explains without elaborating. We will have to read between the lines of his upcoming album’s lyrics …For instance, take “Raging Fire,” the single he released last Monday, which he describes as “a love song, but with a heavier side.” It also has heavier drums that featured in previous tracks. But fans can rest assured that, even if the young Georgia singer says the album will be darker, you will still hear a little Mumford & Sons, his unique tone and a voice that gives you the feeling of driving towards the sunset of an empty country road.

The recording of the first album was done in just three weeks. “But all the songs were already written, we pretty much knew what arrangements we would do. This time, we are taking our time. We are trying things, letting ideas grow,” says Phillips.

After a short session at Quad Studios in Manhattan to record his new single, Phillip Phillips returned to Los Angeles on Thursday to perform on the set of the show that made him a star.

“I look forward to seeing the team, the technicians, everybody. I know it will be fine, even if I don’t like performing on live TV that much,” says Phillips. A little strange for an artist who actually made his name ​on TV.  “You never get used to it, it’s always like the first time, because it’s always different,” he explains.

Pure Happiness

When he is on stage, however, it’s when he feels most happy-once he’s played the first songs. And also when he meets his audience. The displays of affection abound, but nothing touches him more than when fans send him messages about his songs. “To know a song has touched them, that it means something for two lovers or that the baby of the family likes a song that I wrote, it’s wonderful. It’s a beautiful proof that a piece of music is universal when it manages to have such a deep meaning in our lives.”

Phillip Phillips will be performing on Monday at 8:00 pm at the Grand Théâtre de Québec but the show is sold out. He will also be performing at the Place des Arts in Montreal on Tuesday, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Source: Le Soleil
Translation by Andreina Romero


Phillip Phillips Kicks Off Canadian Tour With Amazing Show in Halifax, NS

Phillip Phillips kicked off his first Canadian tour last night at the Darthmouth Sportsplex in Halifax, NS, and by all accounts, it was an unbelievable night that fans will not soon forget. The highly anticipated show drew long lines of fans who didn’t mind waiting in the cold to get into the venue.

The night got off to a great start with show opener Twin Forks, who got the crowd ready with an energetic and fun set, and was a last minute replacement for previously announced Dugas. But fans were there to see Phillip and his band, and when he finally took the stage, the all-ages crowd welcomed him with huge cheers.

Although this wasn’t Phillip’s first visit to Canada, this was his first ever appearance in front of Halifax fans. And when he asked everybody to stand up and dance, they were more than ready to show their love and appreciation by dancing, singing and cheering all night long.

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Phillip played a great set, opening with “Get Up Get Down,” “Drive Me” and “Gone Gone Gone Gone.” Phillip and the band then launched into a moody “Man On The Moon,”  one of the first songs of the night to include the extended intros and outros that have become a trademark of his shows.

Another amazing moment came when Phillip performed brand new single “Raging Fire,” which the crowd received with cheers and enthusiastically sang along to, despite the song having been released only a few days ago. By the time Phillip performed fan-favorite “Tell Me A Story,” he had the crowd transfixed by his sublime performance.

He ended the set with his “Let’s Get It On” intro and mega-hit “Home.” But the crowd was not ready to let him go and they clapped and screamed until he came back to the stage for a quiet encore. As he came out by himself, he treated the fans to a beautiful rendition of “Hazel,” a song he rarely plays live. He finally brought the band back and closed the night with his brilliant “Lollipop mash-up.”

There is no doubt this was an amazing start of the tour for Phillip and that he left his already adoring fans hoping it doesn’t take him too long to come back. Phillip’s next stop on the tour will be in Quebec City, where he will play a sold out show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec tomorrow.

Check out the full set list, videos and photos from last night’s show below!

Set list

Get Up Get down
Drive Me
Gone Gone Gone
Man on the Moon
Take me Away
Hold on
Raging Fire
Tell me a Story
Wanted is Love
Where we came From
Fool’s Dance
Lollipop mash

Gone Gone gone

Man on the moon

Hold On

Raging Fire

Tell me a story

Lollipop mash

Where we came from



Shake ya ass

Thanks: Shayla | Amber | Beverley Anne | Delaney Peters | Cara McInnis

Phillip Phillips Talks New Album, New single “Raging Fire” at 96.5 FM

Phillip Phillips visited the 96.5 FM studio during his stop in Halifax, NS before he kicked off his first Canadian tour. Phillip talked about the process of recording his new album and said that they tried to keep it “really organic.”  He also talked about “Raging Fire,” which he described as a “good love song”  that “really represents the album.”

Listen to the interview and a great acoustic performance of “Raging Fire” below!

A first in Quebec for Phillip Phillips

[quote style=”1″]A first in Quebec for Phillip Phillips – The young singer will be performing in Quebec City and Montreal[/quote]

Phillip Phillips says he is “excited” to present his “roots pop” for the first time in Quebec, Monday and Tuesday, after two busy years of touring. The young singer is also preparing a new album to be released “sometime in May,” promising to surprise us with an album that’s “completely different” from the first.

After a triumphant debut with the album The World From The Side of The Moon, certified quadruple platinum, and which includes titles Home – over 5 million copies sold – and Gone , Gone , Gone , Phillip Phillips doesn’t hide the great pressure he felt when preparing his second disc.

The first single, Raging Fire, was finalized last week in New York. The catchy, edgy love song will be included on the still unnamed second album by the winner of American Idol 2012.

[quote style=”1″]The best music possible[/quote]

[quote style=”2″]I want the make the best music possible, so I put a lot of pressure on myself, he told the Journal during a telephone interview. We have been working on it for a month and a half.[/quote]

Although he retained his musical essence, a mix of pop and folk, he promises to surprise many. “It will be completely different, and it will reveal a side of me that people don’t know. It will be a little darker… I’m very excited for people to hear it,” he said, not wanting to reveal too much.

Winner of Season 11 of American Idol, Phillip Phillips returned last Thursday to the set of the show to sing Raging Fire.

Life After American Idol

American Idol is among the most watched American talent competitions by our neighbors to the south. The show, now in its 13th season, launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

What memories of the show does he have? “It was really stressful, he confesses. I have many memories attached to this experience, but I remember that it was mainly very stressful and there were a lot of emotions. But it’s hard work. There’s no doubt that American Idol has opened doors for me, but when it’s over, it’s over. And I want to keep working hard, because there are not many people who have this opportunity. ”

Adored wherever he goes, how does a young man his age manage success? “I’m very lucky. I am surrounded by good people who keep me grounded,” says the singer who hopes to have a long career.

Phillip Phillips will perform a sold out show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on ​​March 10. There are still some tickets left for the show on March 11 at Place des Arts in Montreal.

Source: Journal de Montrèal