Last season’s American Idol winner Phillip Phillips wowed fans at night 2 of Mix’s Not So Silent Night with a fiery, energetic acoustic set that rivaled peers like Dispatch and O.A.R., while delivering the goods with the same powerful singing voice that made him a champion and a star.
What exactly is Phillip Phillips? Is he a pop star? A rock star? However you describe the season 11 Idol champ, he brings a combination of vocals and musical ability that takes the best of Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz and takes it all to another level.
Sporting a backup guitarist, percussionist and even a live cellist, Phillips delivered spot-on acoustic renditions of the best cuts from his debut album The World From the Side of the Moon.
Set opener “Hold On” revved up the adrenaline before releasing it all in Phillips’ powerful vocal howl, whipping the audience into a frenzy. And as the show went on, it became clear that Phillips is not just a singer. He displayed impressive chops on the guitar with plenty of riffs in between the vocals.
Like DMB and other great live acts, the fervor and energy in the performance – and the crowd – was palpable, and caught everyone up in its wave. It all paid off in a surprise cover of Usher’s “Nice and Slow” and set closer “Home,” which had everyone shouting then hit single’s “Ah-oh-oh” hook in unison.
Wherever the future takes Phillips from here, it is bright. He is establishing himself as both a force in pop music and, based on his Not So Silent Night performance, an electrifying live act that should not be missed.
“Gone, Gone, Gone”
“Take Me Away”
“Man on the Moon”
“Nice and Slow” (Usher cover)