Phillip Phillips’s Winsome Single “Home” Charms Us

How can it be…? Did American Idol actually manage to produce good music? Sure, the insipid reality television series has managed to find a few legitimate stars (Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood come to mind) along the way but historically the music they’ve given their big winners to perform each season as their first single, or as they like to call it “Coronation Song” have been well…crap.

Phillip Phillips performs at his homecoming concert at Lee County High School on May 12, 2012 in Leesburg, Georgia.(Photo by Jim Quinn via Getty Images)

               

We never would have thought the day would come where we would actually be purchasing an American Idol winner’s “coronation” single…but we’ve been proven wrong courtesy of Phillip Phillips and the apparently talented folks at 19 Entertainment and Interscope Records which include song-writer Drew Pearson. Then again, Phillips is not your typical American Idol winner is he? We’re pretty sure our Creative Director Laura Maddrey said it best just after seeing for the first time what the 21 year old singer-songwriter from Leesburg, Georgia looked like, “It sounds like he has a 50 year old man inside.”

Song writer Drew Pearson managed to pen a great song and even inspite of the reservations that Phillips expressed early on about the song not really being “his” song it showcases the young singer’s talent and style, a sort of cross between the casualness of Dave Mathews with the Irish undertones of bands like Mumford and Sons or Flogging Molly.

The song was written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden, and chosen by Jimmy Iovine as a coronation song for the eventual winner of Season 11 of American Idol, Phillip Phillips. According to Drew Pearson, it was originally intended for Greg Holden, but was submitted to Idol as a possible finale number by Pearson’s publishing company, Pulse Recordings. Pearson and Holden had previously not met before but were brought together to write the song, with Holden the primary lyricist.The song was written in three hours and a demo recorded. Holden had performed the song in his tour, but he expressed no intention of releasing his recording of the song. Pearson cited Mumford & Sons,Arcade Fire and a few Irish bands as influences for the song.

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However, Phillip said that while the song and its writers are “really good”, “it’s not really something I would write”.He also revealed that he had wanted to use a song he co-wrote with his brother-in-law, “Drive Me,” as the coronation song. In interviews after the finale, he said, “The song that I did tonight that supposedly is my single, it’s not really my single, I told them it’s not my single.” He also said, “I have my own stories to tell,” and added “[but] I couldn’t do my song [on the finale]; we just didn’t have enough time.” Philip stated that he writes songs in the “jazz and rock alternative sound; not really rock-rock.”Later he said he was “starting to grow a connection” with the song, and that “I kind of sing it like me, and on the guitar I do some different strummings on some parts, so it’s coming along.”

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