Singer/Songwriter


Based in beautiful Escanaba, Michigan, Phil Lynch has been writing and performing positive, piano-based "intelligent pop" for over 30 years. With a songwriting style similar to Billy Joel and a voice often compared to Randy Newman,  Phil is known for his happy onstage vibe and -- in the words of a festival organizer -- "Songs that hit your heart!  You'll find meaning in his lyrics, which are related to everyday things we all experience."

Once he and his wife Jane took up residence in Escanaba, a focus on faith and family led to a period of writing contemporary Christian songs and performing in churches throughout Michigan and in the Chicago area. 

The past 10 years have seen Phil branch out into "non-sacred" settings. He has performed both as a solo act and as leader of his jazz quartet in settings ranging from formal concerts at the Calumet Theatre to numerous clubs, festivals, receptions, even libraries. A breakthrough appearance in spring 2018 performing only his originals acted as an epiphany of sorts, that Phil should really focus on performing his own songs. Realizing that outdoor audiences need more to carry them than one guy at a piano, he assembled his backing group, the Red House Revelation, which debuted to a very positive response at the Lake Shore Live festival.

Phil loves to perform his songs and would really like to work with you and your venue to create an event especially tailored to your audience. Depending on your needs he is ready and willing to mix in some standards (Sinatra-era tunes), in which he is very well-versed, as well as newer classics like the Beatles and well-known Disney tunes.

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.




Phil's regional radio hit!
Played on stations throughout the Upper Peninsula in December 2018, a heartwarming song about Christmas in the UP:




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
Often used as our closer, a medium-tempo song reminding folks that "Heaven is here in the here and now, if we only have eyes to see it somehow. . ."




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.




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. . . ."

 


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
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People you loved may be gone, but they still live on through us and our actions.



Nobody's Got to Explain
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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
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Another collaboration with Ms. G., a "standard"-style 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
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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!"