Phil Driscoll is a world-class trumpet player-singer-composer and a consummate performer whose Grammy-winning music draws strength from his dynamic personality, powerful energy and personal passion.
While still in high school Phil won the World Music Festival in Amsterdam and by graduation he was offered 56 musical scholarships. As a sophomore at Baylor University, he recorded his first album, “A Touch of Trumpet,” with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden. In his senior year, Phil took top honors on CBS television’s talent-search series “The All American College Show,” even beating the aspiring pop duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter. He played on numerous top television shows - Steve Allen, Della Reese, Merv Griffin, and landed an unprecedented 8-minute spot on the illustrious Ed Sullivan Show, earning a standing ovation.
In the 70’s, Phil gained a co-publishing deal with CBS and subsequently wrote for and toured with the legendary Joe Cocker. He composed pop material for both Joe Cocker and Blood Sweat and Tears. In his career Phil has played with many Rock n roll’s legends including Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston as well as performing classical music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1981 he produced his first album of Christian music, “Ten Years After,” and in 1983 “I Exalt Thee” scored a Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year as well as a Grammy nomination in the Best Gospel/Pop Album category. He won additional Dove’s for Album of the Year in 1984 and 1987 and for Best Instrumentalist in 1984 and 1985.
In 1984 he shared a Grammy with singer Debby Boone for Best Gospel Performance for the song "Keep the Fire Burning" from Boone's album Surrender.
Phil has had the honor of playing for four United States Presidents - Reagan, G. H. W. Bush, Carter and Clinton - and for many national events, including the dedication of Bill Clinton's presidential library and the memorial services following the Columbine High School tragedy.
In the ’80’s Phil lent his soulful, pop-influenced sound to everything from children's songs (“Gabe and the Good News Gang”) to patriotic material (“Celebrate Freedom”) to R&B (“Innerman”) to seasonal favorites (“The Sound of Christmas”). During this time he released his first CD entitled “Classic Hymns.” That record’s enormous success and Phil’s love for sacred world music lead to “Classic Hymns Vol. II” in 1991.
In 1993, Phil produced his lively evergreen “Heaven and Nature Swing.” 1998’s “I Exalt Thee” brought forth three of Phil’s most popular singles: the title song, “Wings As Eagles,” and his stunning version of “Amazing Grace.” In the late 90’s, Phil played and sang for an enormously successful tour performing Handel’s Young Messiah to packed stadiums seating up to 20,000.
His 2006 album of all-time favorites, “Vintage,” spawned Phil’s very popular rendition of “Old Time Rock and Roll.” In the New Millennium, Phil has produced some of his most popular music, including the patriotic powerhouses “One Nation Under God” and “The Spirit of America.”
Upcoming is Phil’s much-anticipated Independence Day special performance with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra at Georgia’s Ritz Carlton Performance Grounds on Reynolds Plantation, at the invitation of the prestigious Oconee Performing Arts Society.
The musical journey of Phil Driscoll continues as he writes, produces and performs a full range of extraordinary classical, religious and pop music. His music is uplifting and continues to transcend all barriers. His performance goes straight to the heartand is even more thrilling today than when he first placed the trumpet to his lips…