ABOUT PHILLIP PHILLIPS:
Growing up in Leesburg, Georgia, Phillips first picked up guitar at age 14 and soon mastered riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” (mostly by playing along to his family’s karaoke machine). He also took up singing and songwriting as a teenager, in addition to forming an acoustic band with his older sister and brother-in-law. With encouragement from his family and friends, he took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol in summer 2011, then emerged as the show’s season 11 winner. Premiering the same day he claimed his victory, his debut single “Home” marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner and has since been certified 5x platinum.
ABOUT STRIKING MATCHES:
Sarah Zimmermann grew up outside Philadelphia and had mastered the clarinet, violin and guitar before middle school. Justin Davis, who is from Atlanta, began playing guitar at an early age, inspired by the music he heard at home – Sam Cooke, Petula Clark, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Steely Dan. The two began working together when a professor at Belmont University in Nashville paired them up for class projects. Soon they were penning originals together. Nine of their songs were performed in the first four seasons of the hit television show “Nashville.” In addition to numerous headline outings, Striking Matches have opened for Train and toured the U.S. with The Secret Sisters on a co-headline tour.
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