Philip was born and raised in East Tennessee, and it was apparent early in his life that he had a gift for music. His first public performance was at age four singing in church. Winning a music scholarship guided him to attend the University of Tennessee, where he earned two degrees in vocal performance and music education. During his time at U.T., while performing in a local coffee shop, Philip was heard by the tour director for John Denver. This lead to his first performance as an opening act for a major artist in front of 20,000 people.
Philip continued his Masters studies in orchestral conducting with Robert Shaw and The Atlanta Symphony.
Upon finishing his formal education, Philip began his career in music as a staff writer at RCA Records in Nashville, where he wrote and recorded with some of the biggest artists in country music including Johnny Cash, Alabama, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and Garth Brooks. His work in Nashville presented him with an opportunity to tour as an opening act for many of music’s biggest stars including Elton John, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, and performing on stage with Don Henley and Celine Dion. Philip is a tremendously versatile entertainer, as evidenced by his ability to perform in many different genres of music from country to classical, pop, and Broadway. A veteran of many Broadway performances, Philip performed the title role of Jesus in the National Broadway Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Philip has also had the amazing honor of singing for four United States Presidents, (Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush). As a recording artist, Philip has recorded six albums, featuring his own originals as well as covers of classics.
In 2002, Philip formed his own company to specialize in providing entertainment and production for Fortune 500 companies. In the ensuing years, Philip has become one of the most highly regarded and successful entertainers in the corporate entertainment market, both as a solo artist and with his world class band. Philip and his band travel extensively across the US and around the world. Corporate client program performances have led to traveling to South Africa, Beijing, Singapore, Venice, Sweden, Switzerland, London, Monte Carlo, France, Vietnam, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Spain, Bermuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and dozens of top resorts in the United States.
In addition to his work on the performance side of programs, Philip also has a passion for production work as a creative director and producer. He partners with several highly regarded production companies to produce large scale concerts and events for companies and professional sports entities.