Now I’m not usually one to be a music groupie although I absolutely love music of all kinds from classic to country to soft rock to jazz. About the only music I don’t care for is rap (most of it) and hard rock. I’ve watched American Idol since it began although I don’t always watch all of the shows each season. But last year it was fantastic and show-cased some of the best singers I’ve seen on a show in a long time.
One of them, Phillip Phillips, has a very unique sound and with every “theme” Idol threw at him, made the song his own even if it didn’t quite fit. I really liked him but didn’t think he had much of a chance of winning because he wasn’t so mainstream as some others who had won in the past. I was beyond pleased when he did win because finally America picked someone who wouldn’t compromise on which music was right for him.
I’ve bought first albums of Idol winners in the past and beyond one or two songs, have usually been disappointed in them (except for Carrie Underwood who is great). When I saw that yahoo was previewing his album, I went and had a listen – and loved all of the songs. If I had to pick a favorite - which is hard to do on this album - it would be Home. He has a very jazzy, bluesy sound. So off I went to buy the album and have been enjoying it ever since. You can preview the songs here
I would truly like to give this young man a big hug and tell him how proud I am of him.