Phillip’s antsy, wondering how fans will react to music.
But he’s really feeling the pressure of singing the National Anthem before Game 1 of the World Series when the San Francisco Giants host the American League Champions Detroit Tigers (Fox-TV, 8 tonight).
“I know you’ve done the anthem before,” John said to him in an interview today on WJRW-AM (1340). “But it’s on a big stage. This is going to be big!”
“I’ve never done the National Anthem. So I am excited for it, but you’re right, it’s going to be a lot of people.” said Phillip
That’s right. The “Idol” champ is shaking in his shoes with the thought of singing the “Star Spangled Banner” before a sold out crowd and with millions of sports fans watching on TV.
“I’m a little nervous about it, man. But I’m gonna do my best. I’ll probably put the lyrics on my boots,” he said.
John also asked Phillip about his new CD, which features 12 tracks that he either wrote himself or co-wrote with others.
It was produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Train, O.A.R.).
The only track fans know so far is “Home,” the double platinum single that has remained on the charts all summer long (thanks to the London Olympics 2012) and into the fall.
What can fans expect from the CD?
“It’s going to be eclectic and very diverse. I feel passionate about the lyrics; it represents me. I’m ready to see what people think about it and get it out there.” said Phillips
Is he more nervous about singing the “Star Spangled Banner” or releasing his debut CD?
“I’m very nervous of both,” he said, laughing. “I’m always nervous whenever I have to sing or have someone hear me sing. It’s alwways nerve-wrecking.”
How will we know if he did OK tonight?
“I will keep my eyes shut and quietly walk off when I’m done,” he said.
Oh, and who is he rooting for? The Detroit Tigers or San Francisco Giants?
“Honestly, I have to pull for the Giants,”
“(San Francisco catcher) Buster Posey is from my hometown, so I have to support him.” he said
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