Jun 27, 2014
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American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Comes 'Home' to Foxwoods Resort & Casino

American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Comes 'Home' to Foxwoods Resort & Casino

Phillip Phillips’ music does not sound like other American Idol winners. Maybe that’s why his career is thriving while some other winners have faded into relative obscurity. The 23-year-old Georgia native with a husky voice followed up his Idol win in 2012 by releasing his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, that same year. The album included the hits “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Now he’s touring in support of a brand new album, Behind the Light. On July 6, he’ll co-headline a show with O.A.R. at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

What are your live shows like?
We get up there and we play the music and we play it the best we can, like it’s the last time we can ever play it. That’s what a lot of my favorite artists and bands used to do—the old jam bands back in the day.

What can you tell us about the new album?
The first one we did so fast, in like three weeks, and this time around I knew we had some more time and I could really sit in some of these songs after I wrote them. I wanted to show a more musical side, because I like to do different things on the guitar. I wanted it to be more of a rock album and sound like a band record instead of just me, because I have a great band.

Did you expect “Home” to take off the way it has?
I don’t think anyone thought the song would do as well as it did. The Olympics [it was used by NBC as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics coverage] was really what pushed that song to what it’s capable of—without that I don’t know if it would have been as big as it was. I love it and I know that people really love it. When we play it live we make it a little different and change it up and just have fun with it. I think it’s a great song, it’s very universal with meaning as well. I’ve heard stories of how it has helped people through a death, or getting married.

There is a lot of crossover between fans of yours and fans of Mumford & Sons. Do you see any similarity between your music?
I don’t think there’s much similarity. “Home” is probably the most similar to one of theirs. This new album really shows what I love to do with music, and what I’ve always presented at the live show. I think it’s completely different from their sound. They have that very foot-stomp feel to their music, which is great, they’re amazing, but I have a little bit more of a rock sound.

You’ve got a different sound from other Idol winners. What was your experience like?
It’s a great experience and great memories that I’ll always have. I got to show the world what I love to do with music. I like to change things and keep it interesting for me. After the show, it’s kind of up to you. You’ve got to really work hard for what you really believe in and what you want out of your career because ultimately it’s you, it’s not anyone else’s name on it, it’s yours. I’ve always written songs and I wanted to show people that. It wasn’t to be famous or anything, it was just to be able to do something I love—and now I’m getting to do that.         

Phillip Phillips performs at Foxwoods' Grand Theater on July 6. (800) 200-2882, foxwoods.com.

Check out his latest single, "Raging Fire."


American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Comes 'Home' to Foxwoods Resort & Casino

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