"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Phillips discussed his 2012 debut studio album, The World From The Side Of The Moon, his Top 10 single "Home" and how performing live feeds his soul.
"I get scared to death playing in front of an audience … because you never know how it's going to go,'" said Phillips. "I try to treat it as a challenge too, [and] hopefully win [the audience] over. If you do that, that's the best feeling in the world."
Hailing from Leesburg, Ga., Phillips began playing music as a teenager and in 2010 was the first-place winner in a local singing competition, Albany Star. While studying at Albany Technical College, Phillips auditioned for season 11 of "American Idol." He emerged the winner of the reality singing competition series in 2012, edging out Jessica Sanchez. That same year Phillips released his debut single "Home," which he performed on the season finale of "American Idol." The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than 4 million units to date, making it the most successful coronoation song for any "American Idol" winner.
Released in November 2012, The World From The Side Of The Moon has been certified platinum and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 500,000 copies in its first six weeks of release, which made it one of the fastest-selling debuts from an "American Idol" winner. The album features the hit singles "Home" and "Gone, Gone, Gone." Phillips is currently on tour throughout the United States as the opening act for GRAMMY winner John Mayer.