The highs and lows of acting, creating freely and the “f*** it” attitude…
This week, we talk to Phil., a multi-faceted singer, rapper and actor. His experiences and wisdom resonate through this amazing conversation!
More info on Phil.:
At just 23 years old Phillip Johnson-Richardson, aka Phil., has already established himself as a promising singer, rapper, and actor. But the journey wasn’t always easy for Phil., his mental fortitude and meteoric rise can be attributed to the perseverance gained when his family suddenly fell homeless and found themselves sleeping on a relative’s garage floor. The hardship dialed up his drive and appreciation for the arts, so he pushed himself even harder.
The Charlotte-bred quadruple threat then honed his raw talents at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he graduated from the musical theatre program in 2018. Immediately after graduation he landed his first role, joining the Chicago company ensemble of the sold-out musical phenomenon Hamilton, playing various characters including it’s namesake Alexander Hamilton. Since then Phil. moved to New York City and found a successful acting career, with appearances on tv shows Chicago PD, Proven Innocent, and The Other Two and horror film Haunt. He was cast as a series regular on the new Apple TV+ show Little Voice created by Sara Bareilles and JJ Abrams which launches on July 10th, 2020.
While acting has taken the forefront of his rapidly evolving career, Phil. remains dedicated to his passion for music. His original songs pull from his Hip-Hop and R&B influences, From Lauryn Hill to John Legend to Drake and beyond. Phil.’s ability to effortlessly flow from confident rhymes to impassioned singing allows him to fuse his dualities into one artistic persona. That incredible range of talent is seen across his music and best showcased in his upcoming EP ‘Different Cities’. The project includes turn up Hip-Hop tracks like the first single “Watch Out” while also showing his softer, if not seductive, R&B side on tunes like “One That I Want.”
With a highly anticipated new series and groundbreaking EP in the wings, it’s clear Phil. is about to rise.
Links from Episode:
Phil. Website: https://linktr.ee/philsgoodmusic
Phil. Instagram: @philsgoodmusic
Phil. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Philsgoodmusic/videos
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Song: Strong- written by Sarah Bishop, arranged and played by Laura Lynn Crytzer