Randy Phillips revved up for 2013 | Arts & Culture
UNION,KY (FOX19) - Written by: Jerry Owens
Union resident Randy Phillips started a crusade in 2011 to raise money for a cause very close to his heart with the release of his first album “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” When asked about why he donated every penny involved with this project, as well as fronting all the money to get the project up and running, Phillips responded, “I wanted the album to be special beyond the music. The best way to do that was to give all the money to someone who had a special circumstance.”
The last two years have been dedicated to writing, producing, and performing charity fund raisers for baby Landon Carpenter, who lives outside Nashville. Landon’s father, Marine Cpl. Andy Carpenter, was killed in combat in Afghanistan a month before Landon was born almost two years ago. To date this project has sold almost 500 CD’s and raised nearly $10,000 and ranks as one of Phillips’ proudest moments. “To tell Landon’s mom, Chrissie’s, story during live shows and watch people hang on every word you say and on occasion be moved to tears or be inspired to do more for others, Chrissie and their entire family have had a major impact on my life as a person and as a musician. I can’t pretend to have known Andy, but I’m proud to call his family my friends.”
Phillips’ new calling card is the RPM logo that goes with his geared up and can do attitude. He is an entertainer who is always looking at the next step to building on his promising career. Phillips’ taste of music is a blend of blues/rock ‘n roll, coupled with a very unique writing style that tells his stories, struggles, and experiences in music. This type of creativity is what makes his show “a can’t miss experience.” Phillips wants you to come away from one of his shows having the feeling of being a part of the show and always making sure you had a good time while you were there. “Those early live shows, I would close my eyes to escape the audience, and now if I close my eyes, it’s because I’m consumed in the song. I don’t try to escape the crowd, I welcome them.”
Artists that have inspired Phillips include Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Richie Sambora. In many of Phillips’ original songs you can hear Eddie’s dive bombs and finger tapping. Jimi Hendrix is an idol of Phillips as he explains, “Jimi was a revolutionary who changed everything. I’m a fan of doing something unique and Jimi set the standard. One of my favorite moments as a guitarist is to play Jimi’s version of the Star Spangled Banner.“
Phillip’s first love of music began as a child listening to Elvis with his mother and grandmother. Phillips remembers at the age of 5 or 6 he wanted to perform for his mother. “My sister put on the Burning Love 8 track and the Space Odyssey piece started (the outro of this piece is when Elvis took the stage). “I had a towel draped around my neck as a cape, and then I burst into the room and began shaking my hips. I took my stage and lip synced Elvis’ “Burning Love” and left the room, announcing Elvis has left the building.” On his website, (http://www.randyphillipsmusic.com) Phillips jokingly refers to this as his first gig. Phillips believes this was the moment that inspired him to want to perform because it reminds him of his mother and makes him feel like she’s still with him in spirit. He feels like music is his way of staying in touch with her.
When talking about where he gets his ideas about what to write for his songs Phillips says, “Many of the lyrics you hear have dual meanings or they make you think about what the message or meaning truly is. For me, the lyrics usually come first and then I frame it with the music.” “I try to write lyrics that tell a story of my life experiences that anyone can relate to in some way.” “I’ve written 25 songs the past 3 years and they range from the meaning of love, faith and inspiration or believing in something.”
Phillips believes, “music heals and to be a musician you have to be vulnerable.” “Much like finding your soul-mate or finding love, in order to be a musician, you have to be vulnerable as if you are risking everything!” “Music helps people forget about the economy, heartbreak or hard times, even if it is just for 3 minutes.” “Music will be here when I’m all but ashes, and it will continue to touch people for generations.”
Phillips is now ready to move on to his second album “Serendip With Me” which will be out in May. His first song from the album will be available on Itunes just in time for Valentine’s Day. The song titled “Undiscovered Pearls“ is fitting for the holiday as Phillips explains, “It’s a ballad/lullaby of sorts; a beautiful piece inspired by beauty!” “This album is completely different than my first one. It’s more about me being more creative and expressive. Many of the tracks are rock ‘n roll, blues, tap your foot kind of music, and the album is described as having swagger and attitude, but in a fun healthy way.”
With all of this going on Phillips is also in the process of writing a tell all inspirational book about his life through childhood, the loss of a twin brother at an early age, the loss of his parents, failure, divorce, abuse, and 20 plus years in public service all which have prepared and inspired him to become a musician and potential author.
Randy Phillips definitely is someone to keep an eye on as he is doing everything to make 2013 the year of RPM!!! You can find more information about Randy Phillips and his upcoming shows on his website or by liking his Facebook© page, Randy Phillips!