Singer/Songwriter

Phil has been writing and performing his own songs since childhood "though you wouldn't want to hear some of those early ones, that's for sure." Once Phil and his wife Jane took up residence in Escanaba, a focus on faith and family led to over 50  contemporary Christian songs performed in churches throughout Michigan. 

The past 10 years have seen Phil branch out into "intelligent pop" along the lines of Billy Joel and Gabe Dixon; and "standards" in the style of the Great American Songbook he has performed and promoted all his life. Phil is known for his relaxed yet professional vibe onstage and his performed in settings ranging from formal concerts at the Calumet Theater to cabarets, clubs, and yes, even church camps. Phil loves to perform his songs and would love to work with you and your venue to create an event especially tailored to your audience.


Where Is the Love?
Everybody's fighting about everything. Where is the kindness? Where is the empathy? Phil tries to answer this in a Sixties-style pop song with Beatles, Monkees, Beach Boys, and yes, even Melanie sonic shout-outs.




Love Heals 
Mid-tempo and Gospel-inflected, based on the motto of the wonderful Magdalene House and Thistle Farms of Nashville. Includes an optional reading from I Corinthians 13 to reinforce the theme of healing love.




Heaven Is Here
Medium-up, positive song remembering that "Heaven is here in the here and now, if we only have eyes to see it somehow."




Just the Way
Medium-tempo song musing on the nowness of everything: we're born, we're old, we're gone, all in a heartbeat. "Still, now and then a moment steps aside and makes atonement. . . ."




27 Years   
Mid-uptempo with some interesting changes and a good hook. It's about 27 years of good, but real, marriage and looking forward to more.




Here's to the Boys in Blue
A country ballad that's a loving tribute to all our police officers across this land: our awesome boys in blue (and their brave sisters too).



They Live On
http://song.space/3pddlz


Nobody's Got to Explain
A ballad written with the world-class jazz singer, Kirsten Gustafson. It's true: "Nobody's got to explain when you're tired of the same old refrain, And when that sweetness becomes your weakness . . . nobody's got to explain." Reasons are so over-rated. . . .


Hello
Another collaboration with Ms. G., a ballad complete with introductory verse. The singer wonders if a soul mate is out there somewhere on distant sands or beyond the stars. "Just say 'Hello.' All at once it will be no dream."


When Will I Ever
The pensive singer wonders when he will ever stop wanting her. "I've worn a bare spot in the grass now, just like a boy with a red ball. It keeps returning to my hand here, I keep on aiming at the wall. When will I ever . . . learn?"


Sorry, Not Sorry
Rockabilly! "Sorry, not sorry, that's just the way I roll!"




Big Gray Building (All I Wanna Do Is Work)
Country ballad about a dead factory on the edge of Anytown, and an American who wants to work.




Real Love Letter
Mid-uptempo; the singer wants to tell her he loves her, but a text, tweet, email, won't do: "When love is real, you need a real love letter." [Demo via Ready for the Row Productions, singer's name unknown.]




Me and Wynonna
Medium tempo, true story about missing a chance to go on the carnival rides with a young country star ca. 1986; but life turns out just fine.




Comin' Home
Medium tempo, about when you've drifted far from where you should have been, and come to your senses. "Comin' home, to a place I've never lived before, home -- but it's a place I've always known. Home: where someone's left a light on. Look out, world, I'm finally comin' home!"