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In Phil Lynch's heartfelt presentation of life-affirming songs and good humor, James Taylor meets Billy Joel with a dash of Randy Newman for good measure.

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In Phil Lynch's heartfelt presentation of life-affirming songs and good humor, James Taylor meets Billy Joel with a dash of Stephen Sondheim for good measure.

 

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With his "songs that hit your heart" and positive vibe, Phil Lynch offers you a joyful and heartfelt blend of music and good humor. Think James Taylor meets Billy Joel with a dash of Randy Newman for good measure. Phil's original songs about life, love, and time are proven to make audiences laugh . . . and occasionally even cry. As the host of Nashville's famous Bluebird Café put it, "You can't help but sway to his infectious, smiley groove."

 

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With his positive vibe and original songs, Phil Lynch has been delighting audiences for over 30 years. His piano-based style has been described as "James Taylor meets Billy Joel with a dash of Randy Newman for good measure." Phil's thoughtful songs about life, love, and time are proven to make audiences laugh . . . and occasionally even cry.

These are “songs that hit your heart,” as one festival organizer put it. Because of Phil's Facebook Live sessions to encourage people during the pandemic, WLUC news anchor Elizabeth Peterson declared, "You're bringing happiness into our living rooms."

Both as a solo act, and as leader of the Phil Lynch Jazz Quartet for 15 years, Phil has sung his songs in historic theaters, festivals, concert series, and other venues throughout the Upper Midwest and Chicago. Career highlights include repeat engagements at the Calumet Theatre, where Phil's quartet premiered several of Phil's original works; and a well-received performance at Nashville's world-famous Bluebird Café. 

Steve Goodie, host at the Bluebird, summarized Phil's performance: "You can't help but sway to his infectious, smiley groove."

Though not really a "regional" artist, several of Phil's songs do focus on the Northwoods. His single, "Upper Michigan Christmas" has garnered considerable regional radio airplay during the holiday season since its premier in 2018. He released "U.P. Love Letter" during the height of the pandemic and was twice featured on WLUC-TV6. 

A songwriter and performer all his life, Phil was also an award-winning public school educator for three decades. One day he found a piece of paper left on the copier. The mysterious paper stated, “If you’re lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don’t waste it.” So Phil took a leap of faith and retired from a successful teaching career to focus exclusively on music.  

As Phil puts it, "My aim in life is to help people recognize and remember the good that's all around us." To complement this mission, half of Phil’s net earnings goes to support the vital cause of helping people and families find freedom from human trafficking and domestic abuse.

 

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You never know how a piece of paper found lying on a copier might change your life. . .

For 30 years, Phil Lynch taught high school social studies. It was enjoyable and rewarding, and by all measures he was very good at it. He was chosen by the students three times to give their commencement address, received his county’s Excellence in Education Award, and was named an Outstanding Person in Education.

But music was always there, calling to him.

A lifelong musician, Phil also wrote and performed his own songs throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Chicago area. He worked with students after school on songwriting and improvising. He led the Phil Lynch Jazz Quartet for 15 years, touring widely and premiering original works in the historic Calumet Theatre.

All while being a full-time teacher (not to mention husband and father of four).

Everything changed in 2016 in his school's copy room. A colleague had left an original on the copier. This small, mysterious paper stated, “If you’re lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don’t waste it.”

Phil made a copy for himself and taped it to his computer monitor. And dreamed. And planned.

And wrote more songs. “Songs that hit your heart,” in the words of one festival organizer. 

the preparation paid off when opportunity knocked: in early 2018, a hard-to-get slot at Nashville's world-famous Bluebird Café. Then in September, a festival appearance. Positive reviews and word-of-mouth brought more solo appearances in 2019.

But what was that “second chance” the curious piece of paper had spoken of?

Well, in 2020 Phil took a leap of faith and retired from education to focus on music full-time. 2020 . . . not exactly the best year to be a performer.

Undaunted, Phil pressed on, doing multiple Facebook Live sessions, and releasing singles both to the major platforms and to social media. "You're bringing happiness into our living rooms!" remarked WLUC news anchor Elizabeth Peterson.

Phil's "Upper Michigan Christmas" has garnered considerable regional radio airplay during the holidays since its premier in 2018. He released "U.P. Love Letter" during the height of the pandemic and was featured on WLUC-TV6. 

Perhaps most importantly, his Facebook Live sessions were structured as fundraisers. Viewers donated over $1,000 to the local domestic violence shelter. Half of Phil's net earnings now goes to this important cause and to helping people find freedom from human trafficking.

Now Phil can once again delight live audiences with a song style similar to Billy Joel and a voice often compared to Randy Newman. Phil is known for his happy onstage vibe and the heartfelt stories that accompany his songs, to help make personal connections with audience members.

As Phil puts it, "My aim in life is to help people notice and remember the good that is all around us."

 

Quotes/Endorsements

"You're bringing happiness into our living rooms!"
- Elizabeth Peterson, WLUC-TV6 News 
 
"Phil Lynch channels several dimensions of Randy Newman . . . you can't help but sway to his infectious, smiley groove." 
- Steve Goodie, host of Nashville's Bluebird Café
 
"Songs that hit your heart!  You'll find meaning in his lyrics, which are related to everyday things we all experience."
- Nick Nolde, Lake Shore Live festival organizer
 
"With characteristic warmth and sparkle, Phil was the perfect opener for our summer program series." 
- Carolyn Stacey, Escanaba Public Library Director 
 
"WOW!!  Exceeded our expectations -- we couldn't imagine anything more perfect -- great, timeless music."
- Matt R., following his wedding reception 
 
"The thanks goes to you, Phil.  Your music and voice are wonderful and just perfect for last night’s reception."  
- Nancy W., private party client