Phillip Phillips, the latest American Idol sensation, grew up working in his family’s pawn shop in Albany, Georgia while he honed his skills as a singer/songwriter, guitar player, pianist, drummer and entertainer.
Phillip is no stranger to the stage and his performing has cultivated a large fan base growing up in southern Georgia. With his uniquely soulful Rhythm and Blues vocals and innovative covers, we’re sure he’s going to succeed in the coming weeks of American Idol competition.
What we like best about Phillip is his tie to the pawn broker industry. As an employee in a pawn shop, we can’t help believing that this has helped him develop and hone his love for music and innovative approach to his own sound. He would have had unlimited access to quality instruments and time to explore the unique sounds each one is capable of. We’re even wondering if his faithful Taylor Guitar he’s performed with on American Idol might have been a “pawn shop treasure” in the recent past. Either way, it couldn’t have hurt his development as a musican and performter to have worked with so many interesting people every day at the pawn shop.
I know I’d trust his advice and recommendations in picking out a quality used guitar after hearing him play for the ‘Idol’ judges and the fans.
Phillip gives credit to his family for encouraging his love for music and performing. His uncle is a talented guitarist, his mother an accomplished pianist and his dad and sisters all have great singing voices. We can only imagine what their family get-togethers might sound like! He appreciates a wide range of musical genres, but credits greats like Dave Matthews, Tool, Mumford & Sons and Jonny Lang, among others, who have influenced his development and styling as a singer and musician. What is evident is that Phillip is a gifted performer who has his very own style and musical vision.
His objective this season on American Idol is to just be himself and have fun and see where it goes. If we were the judges, we’re guessing that this very talented, one time, pawn shop employee is heading towards a very successful career in music and we’re looking forward to following along with every performance to come.
Good luck Phillip Phillips and thank you for for the great representation of the pawn industry. We’re all pulling for you!