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The Telegram
  • 'Idol' winner Phillip Phillips talks about tour, Utica performance

  • While most 22-year-olds are finishing college and looking for jobs, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips has launched his career.

    Season 11 winner Phillips is on a college tour across the country, one that includes a stop in Utica.

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  • While most 22-year-olds are finishing college and looking for jobs, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips has launched his career.
    Season 11 winner Phillips is on a college tour across the country, one that includes a stop in Utica.
    Phillips will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mohawk Valley Community College for the Spring Meltdown concert. The concert was organized through a partnership between MVCC and radio station WSKS (KISS FM).
    The soulful singer recognizes that since he’s touring the nation, he’s on a different path than many of his peers.
    “(What my friends do) is very different from what I’m doing; not many people get to do what I do, so I’m very thankful,” Phillips said. “And I don’t get to do what they do. … No one is better than anybody else.”
    Phillips topped the charts with his debut single “Home” and his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” has been climbing the Billboard Top 100. Both songs are from his debut album “The World from the Side of the Moon,” which ranked fourth on the Billboard Top 200 in November.
    Although Phillips never has performed in Utica, he said he’s looking forward to the show.
    “It’ll be fun,” Phillips said. “The shows have been going really well, so I’m excited to come out (there).”
    MVCC Events Administrator Bill Dustin said Phillips’ fans represent a variety of ages.
    “The reactions have been wonderful,” Dustin said. “We’re finding with this show it’s not just (college) students who are excited. There are elementary students who watched ‘Idol’ all the way up to 50-year-olds who love the song ‘Home.’”
    The acoustic-rocker especially likes playing for fans his age.
    “It’s fun to connect with people my age and, ya know, it’s also a little nerve-wracking at the same time because they are my age,” Phillips said. “College students, they’ll let you know for sure if it’s good or not.”
    General Sales Manager Grant Roser of Roser Communications, parent company of KISS FM, said landing Phillips was a matter of timing.
    “Phillip Phillips was chosen because he is on a college tour across the country, so it fit with our partner MVCC and because he is a triple-platinum artist who won ‘American Idol’ and is on a career that is exploding right now,” Roser said.

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