Phillip Phillips has had a busy year, winning American Idol, touring the world and tonight he’ll be appearing live at the All-Star Christmas!  The Idol winner stopped by to chat with Damon backstage at the Oakdale Theatre and set the record straight with some “fact-vs-fiction” answers at All-Star Christmas.

Phillip admitted he wasn’t born in Leesburg, Georgia– he was born in Albany and moved to Leesburg when he was twelve.  He attended Albany Technical College, to study Industrial System Maintenance until he decided to try for his musical dreams.  Damon believes Phillip is lucky his parents didn’t name him “Wilson,” because he’d certainly run into some legal trouble with the band Wilson Phillips, but the resourceful singer had a solid solution even if that had happened. “I would have just taken an ‘L’ out,” he joked.

We had a few things right, though– While on Idol, Phillip had eight surgeries for problems with his kidneys. “Before the live show… I had to get a little procedure done, nothing major,” he said. “Then after the live show I got a big one done.” He didn’t use his kidney stones to make jewelry, but he did do something with them, post-surgery. “I made a couple bracelets out of them, and gave them to [my family].”

The All-Star Christmas is based on the Holidays, so what was Christmas like at the Phillips house?  “It was awesome, I always had good home food and opened up presents,” he said. “Santa Claus is coming to town.” His favorite gift as a kid was a Power Wheel– or “P-p-p-Power Wheel” as he called it.

Despite his many successes, Phillips doesn’t like to brag, and never rubs his newfound fame in the face of his two older sisters. “I always tell my family to tell other people not to talk about it,” he said of his new notoriety. “I just wanna chill.” But Phillips’ family is very proud, and he’s definitely looking forward to seeing them for Christmas.

The artist admitted he didn’t get paid much for his song “Home” to be used for the Olympics, but it was still an honor for him to be included… and a great way to get his name out there even further. “It’s helped out, it got the song back out there, [and] the album,” he recalled. “I’m very proud of [the album]. I got to write everything, lyrically and musically.”

Phillip is excited to play those songs tonight during the All-Star Christmas.  He promised to play everything BUT “Home”– although he joked that he may play a dubstep version of his smash hit single– or what he calls his Step Brothers version!

Listen to the full interview– and Phillip’s new spins on “Home” below!


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