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article imageInterview: Phillip Phillips talks tour and 'Behind The Light' CD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 26, 2014 in Music
New York - Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips chatted about his co-headlining tour with rock band O.A.R., as well as his new studio album "Behind The Light," which features the hit single "Raging Fire."
A Georgia native, Phillips was crowned winner of the eleventh season of the reality singing competition, American Idol. His breakthrough single "Home" reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and it was certified quadruple-platinum in the United States. His follow-up single "Gone, Gone, Gone" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for multiple weeks and it was certified platinum.
He co-produced his sophomore album with Gregg Wattenberg and Derek Fuhrmann. It came out on May 16 via his record label, Interscope Records.
Regarding the song selection for his latest album, Phillips remarked, "I wanted the keep the songs on this new album to a certain limit. I wrote 20 to 25 songs at most, and we started recording all of them. As it got closer to the deadline, things started to get very clear and picking the songs wasn't hard at all."
Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips
Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips
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His lead single "Raging Fire" has already made the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 charts, as well as the Top 15 on adult contemporary radio. "It's a really good love song and it's about feeling like a kid again around the person that you love, and she is going through that first kiss over and over. That song was one of the last songs that we wrote for the album, and it came together so fast. We wrote it in three days and we had a rough version that we sent to the label and they loved it. We spent a lot of time in the studio perfecting it and I love the song. It has so much personality with the music and the lyrics. To me, the lyrics are very visual and personal," he said.
The 23-year-old singer added, "The song is doing great and that's really amazing. People are liking it which is a good thing."
His "Raging Fire" single has been well-received, earning rave reviews from Digital Journal, and comparisons to his musical influence Dave Matthews.
Phillips selected "Trigger," "Thicket" and "Fly" as his personal favorite tunes on the album. "I am really proud of 'Thicket.' It is one of the coolest songs on the album," he said.
He went on to praise the song "Fly" due to its killer "pedal steel solo" in the end by musician Robert Randolph. "Robert just tears it up," he admitted.
Yet another song that he enjoys from the new project is "Open Your Eyes," since it has a "great message" and it fares well with his fans during his live shows, whether it is done in an acoustic or electric fashion.
On June 27, he will be playing a live show as part of NBC's Today Show 2014 summer concert series at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. "I am so excited about that. I am hoping I don't mess up. It will be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to going back," he said.
Speaking of New York, Phillips will be co-headlining a show on July 11 with rock group O.A.R. at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, Long Island. "I got to go there last night and I watched the Lionel Richie show, which was a great show. I love Jones Beach, since it is so huge and it is a beautiful venue," he shared.
"The tour is going awesome. O.A.R. are great guys, and the shows have been awesome. The crowds have been really responsive and they have been a lot of fun," he added.
He revealed that one of his favorite moments in his career was playing at a "Rock in Rio" festival last year in Brazil, South America, with such esteemed artists as John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen; moreover, another proud moment for him was performing for the Dalai Lama, which he dubbed as an "awesome" experience.
A major motivator for Phillips involves talking to his family members. "I don't get to talk to my life much, but when I do, it really motivates me a lot and keeps me pushing on," he said. "Also, seeing people who are enjoying the music is a huge motivation for me. Going out and playing shows is very therapeutic for me, especially when I play the guitar by myself. It's good for me since I write things out, instead of holding them in."
Phillips listed Hayley Williams from Paramore and country songstress Alison Krauss as his dream female duet choices, which happened to be the same two female artists that he listed several years prior when I had interviewed him during his Idols Live tour dates. "I love Alison Krauss' voice. I would still like to duet with her. I listen to her at least once a day," he said. "I love Hayley Williams too. She is so amazing live and she seems like such a sweet person."
He also praised another musical hero of his, blues and rock sensation Jonny Lang. "I would love to work with him. I see that he stays pretty busy, but I love his amazing voice. He is a great guitar player as well, but his voice is pretty incredible," he said.
Phillips thanked his fans for all of the support that they have given him over the years. "Hopefully, I don't disappoint them with my music and hopefully they will stick around for many, many years," he said.
For more information on singing sensation Phillip Phillips and his upcoming tour dates, visit his official website.
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