Songs of Old (A Christmas Album)
'Songs of Old' features sacred Christmas songs and carols in fresh acoustic arrangements. In addition to Phillips' poignant vocals, the album features instrumentals by local pro David West, fiddler Blaine Sprouse, cellist Jeness Johnson, and harmony vocals by Meghan Joyce. Phillips, originally from Buffalo, NY, is a classically trained tenor who has performed with a number of Santa Barbara arts organizations, however, he fell in love with the sounds of old time acoustic Americana music and has since been able to work with a number of exciting including Chynna Phillips, David West, Doug Clegg, Tom Ball, and more recently Blaine Sprouse. Phillips is a Santa Barbara Singer/Songwriter and has performed as a soloist for local prestigious organizations including the Young Artist Program with Opera Santa Barbara, Quire of Voyces, Adelfos, SB Choral Society, State Street Ballet, and as a cantor/psalmist at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. He is currently the Director of Music at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Goleta and in 2010 released his first album, Come Home (a Collection of Hymns and Gospel Songs), with instrumentals guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and cello. Praise for 'Come Home': 'I love 'ol tyme gospel. I especially like arrangements that are simple and use traditional instruments. And I run when I hear blues or jazz masquerading as gospel. Give me pristine, crystal clear a cappella standards and I am in gospel music heaven. You can find cheaper gospel collections but none better, none more beautiful and inspiring than 'Come Home.' Mercy but I hope Adam Phillips comes up with another brilliant medley of gospel arrangements.' 'Just bought this. I LOVE it. All my favorites done simply and clearly. I can hear all the meaningful words and sing along or just listen and be brought to peace and joy.'