Phillip Phillips Performs at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year Awards

Phillip Phillips, who has been enjoying a well-deserved break after a long summer tour, made an appearance at the CMT Artist of the Year Awards in Nashville last night. Though Phillip’s performance was announced at the last minute (the morning of the show) his performance was nothing close to rushed or improvised.

Phillip performed Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” a huge country hit that has broken several records since it was released in February this year. The song sounded amazing with Phillip’s voice adding some soulfulness to the sexy lyrics and a great band that included keys, guitar, horns and backing vocals. The performance earned Phillips rave reviews, not only from his fans, but from country music fans who may not have known Phillip’s music until last night.

Phillip has been spending a lot of time in Nashville in the last several months. His long awaited third album, due to come out (we hope) early next year, was partially written in Nashville, where he has collaborated with some great musicians and songwriters on a number of new songs.

Phillip attended the show with his wife Hannah, and the two posed together at the red carpet before the show. Take a look a Phillip’s performance as well as some photos from the event, below!


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Phillip Phillips At The Ryman

Phillip Phillips made a stop at the historic Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, Tennesee, as part of his extensive Behind The Light fall tour. Built in 1891, the Ryman is an U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the homes of the Grand Ole Opry. A country and bluegrass music institution, the Ryman was the home of the Johnny Cash show and has seen innumerable country stars, and musicians from every possible genre, grace its stage.

Is no surprise then that anticipation for this show was high, not only among fans, but Phillip and the band. Though there were no new additions to the set list or new songs played that night, Phillip made sure to make his show at the Ryman an unforgettable one. He accomplished this when he invited pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, from the Robert Randolph & the Family Band, to join him on stage during “Fly” to recreate his killer solo from the album. To say it was epically delivered would be an understatement.

The lucky audience was also able to enjoy the addition of the brilliant Dave Eggar on cello, back with Phillip after missing the northwest leg of the tour, and Mark Lettieri on guitar, covering for Errol Cooney (currently on tour with Stevie Wonder). Of course the rest of Phillip’s band, Joel Behrman on trumpet and trombone, JJ Smith on bass, Bobby Sparks on keys and Jason Thomas on drums, all helped Phillip to play one of his most powerful and intense sets yet. Phillip honored the venue with his passion and skill and demonstrated that he completely belonged on that legendary stage.

Check out the set list, as well as some cool fan photos and videos from the night, below!

Set list:
Lead On
Get Up Get Down
Raging Fire
Man on the Moon
Unpack Your Heart
Tell Me a Story
Gone Gone Gone
Moving Out (Billy Joel cover)
Fly (with Robert Randolph)
Fool For You

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Photos by Erika H, Elvan McM and Tiffany.
Setlist by @Phillips_Tweets.

Phillip Phillips interview with FOX17 Nashville

As Season 12 of American Idol kicks off Wednesday night, Tennessee Mornings’ Kelly Sutton from FOX17, chatted with Season 11 Winner Phillip Phillips about his continued success since last year’s show.
His debut album has been certified gold and his single “Home” has been certified triple platinum!
He also weighed in on what this year’s contestants will be facing with a whole new group of judges.

Don’t forget: Phillip will be featured on the premiere of American Idol Season 12 on FOX January 16th.

Source: Fox17