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Phillip Phillips

February 26, 2013 by admin

By Robyn Karabin

     On April 28, Brookdale will be featuring American Idol winner Phillip Phillips live in concert at the Collins Arena.
    Phillips is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Georgia who only just stepped out into the spotlight after winning season 11 of American Idol.  Before Phillips was a household name he worked in his family’s pawn shop and attended Albany Technical College.  Starting his interest in music when he was 14, he performed at various local venues with the support of his brother-in-law and friend Ben Neil. Along with his raspy-folk voice, he learned to play the guitar and in 2009, the boys came together with another family member and created the Phillip Phillips band.
     “As soon as I heard he was going to be here I told all my friends. We can't wait,” said Shannon Sperry, a 19-year-old secondsemester undecided major from Manasquan.
    While on Idol, he was rushed to the hospital due to possible kidney stones. During his time on the show, he had eight surgeries and contemplated withdrawing.  Sticking out the pain Phillips moved on each week ultimately being named the American Idol.  
     After the Idol finale, Phillips went on the season 11 live concert tour where he and his fellow finalists performed in America, Canada, and the Philippines from July to September.
    His debut album “The World from the Side of the Moon” was released in late 2012 featuring his hit single “Home” which sold over 3 million copies.  “Home” was his coronation song for winning Idol and had the biggest digital sales of any other Idol winners.  Not only did his single debut at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it’s also a hit among Brookdale students.
     “I never heard of him before Idol, but now I hear his song everyday. It’s catchy,” said Rachel Cooper, an 18-year-old, second-semester undecided major from Wall Township.
     This event is much different than other events Brookdale host, most of which are to open students up to a new culture.  Bringing in Phillips, however, is a great way for students to come and hangout as well as pulling in other fans throughout the community.
    “My friend at work was talking about it; now everyone’s going as a group,” said Pat Budnik, an 18-year-old second-semester English major from Avon.
     General admission tickets are on sale at for $35.  Brookdale students with valid I.D. receive a discounted price available at the Student Life & Activities ticket window at the lower level of the Warner Center.  The show starts at 5:30 and doors open at 4:30.
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