Singer/songwriter, Phillip Phillips is best known for his impressive win during American Idol Season 11, where he faced off in competition with rival Jessica Sanchez to claim victory. In earlier days, Phillips formed his first band with his older sister and her husband, mastering classic Rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” After graduating high school, Phillips started studying industrial systems technology in Georgia and continued playing music and cultivating his own sound and style influenced by musicians and bands that he listened to from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 2011, with encouragement from his family and friends, the then-20-year-old Phillips took a break from his family’s business to audition for the 11th season of American Idol. Following full-throated performances on the Idol stage, Phillips finished out the season as its winner. Released the same day that he claimed his victory, “Home” marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner. Since 2012, Phillips has been touring the U.S. and beyond, keeping up with a songwriting practice built on his lifelong passion for rugged, rootsy Rock-and Roll music. The follow-up to 2012’s The World from the Side of the Moon, Phillip’s sophomore album Behind the Light finds the 23-year old Phillips offering up a batch of songs marked by a more ambitious and refined sensibility but still powered by the earthy authenticity that’s long shaped his sound. Each song is written or co-written by Phillips, and showcases the guitar skills he began honing since learning to play at age 14. Phillips has toured with Matchbox Twenty, John Mayer and most recently, O.A.R.