While past winners of American Idol have attempted to sing while choking back tears, Phillips opted to just give into his emotion. "I didn't really want to sing or anything," he told Digital Spy. "I was just so shocked, and I started thinking about the whole Top 12 and started thinking about how far I'd come. It was just so crazy and just amazing... it got me a little emotional."
Not only does Phillips create and make amazing music, but the Georgia native also boasts — in our opinion — some pretty phenomenal favorite musicians. If you watched his season of Idol, you know he's a huge Dave Matthews fan, but he actually cites Jonny Lang as his favorite singer. He also admires John Butler, Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tool.
Phillips' Idol performances — including his cover of Dave Matthews Band's " The Stone" — frequently drew comparisons to one of his idols, Dave Matthews. When Matthews was asked how he felt about the "imitation," he responded, "More power to him; I don't mind. He should kick my a**, [then] maybe I can retire and he can take over my band."
"Gone Gone Gone," Phillips' follow-up to "Home," was released in February and we still can't stop singing its praises — nor can critics. As stated by Simon Cleary of musicinsideu.com in our favorite review, "Not many people still dare to believe this kind of love exists anymore. Even fewer believe it's possible for them to live true love. Phillips' got the courage to believe, and to live, and to love."
Remember on Idol when the judges would give Phillips a hard time about his raggedy old T-shirts and tennis shoes? He's still proud he didn't give in to the pressure. "It's really good to just not let people try to change you," he's said. "It gets tough with a lot of people coming [your] way, telling you what you should do and shouldn't do. But you know yourself better than anyone else, so you know what's best for you. I'm quite proud of how I stuck to my guns."
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