In November 2017, Seattle-based acoustic blues-pop singer-songwriter Phillip Brousard released his debut EP, “Wavelength.” The EP was dedicated to the memory of his father. First single, “Just Wanna Believe” thrust Phillip into the national spotlight, garnering critical praise and radio airplay. That was followed by an equally successful single, “All Over Again.”
Born and raised in Washington State, Phillip Broussard discovered his passion early in life, when his father brought home a guitar. His father’s original intention was to play the guitar himself, but he soon found Phillip picking up the guitar, when he didn’t think anyone was watching. Phillip grew up under the influence of his father’s favorites, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. What started as just a few chords, ignited a desire to share his new found passion with the world.
Then, tragedy struck at 18 years old, when Phillip’s father, grandfather and uncle passed away within 6 months of each other.
Phillip put down his guitar and enlisted in the United States Navy, in an attempt to quell his grief. Early on in his Naval career, someone handed Phillip a copy of John Mayer’s cd, “Room for Squares”. This album reignited Phillip’s passion for the guitar. In 2007, Phillip deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During this time, he refined his guitar skills…
Besides the fact I keep on thinking where I’ve heard this name before, the John Mayer influence is very noticeable. Perhaps too noticeable, especially in the voice. However, unlike John Mayer’s sometimes sexual subjects, Broussard sounds far sweeter and easy listening. He also sounds like he would have one of those songs that would play at the end of a romantic movie or the episode of a series. I dug deeper to see what else he had to offer, because “All Over Again” is indeed very John Mayer, and I was happy to see that “Best Friend” was more of his voice. The same goes for “Drowning”. I think Broussard has a bit more exploring to do, to find his own voice and niche. He’s good, indeed, but he’ll get better with experience. I look forward to hearing what’s next from this talented guy. – Lady Stardust
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