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 newfound 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…
In November 2017, Seattle-based acoustic blues-pop singer-songwriter Phillip Broussard 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. His next single, “All Over Again” followed suit, landing on the New Music Weekly charts.
Phillip took time out from his busy schedule to give us this exclusive one-on-one:
IBG: Tell us about the music scene in Seattle. Is it still a grunge rock mecca, or have things changed since the 90s heyday?
Phillip Broussard: The Seattle Music scene is alive and on fire. The Emerald city is absolutely one of the best cities on earth for music. A lot of cool people and great places to play. Definitely recommend playing music here if you visit.
IBG: Who are you listening to these days?
PB: I’m really digging Charlie Puth’s new album. He’s an incredibly talented songwriter. Definitely a fan
IBG: If you could tour with one artist, opening shows, whom would that be?
PB: Right now, probably Carlie Puth or Shawn Mendez. They have the star power and are fantastic musicians. I could definitely see myself as a good complimentary act to them.
IBG: Why is “Wavelength” an important music release? Why should new listeners give it a chance?
PB: I think it has something for everyone. It has a song for when you’re sad and when you’re happy. It speaks of love and loss, yearning and frustration. I wrote the album with the desire to give someone from all walks of life something to listen to.
IBG: If you could perform in your dream venue, where would that be, and why?
PB: Headlining at the Gorge in Washington. It is just my dream venue. It has a beautiful out look and some fantastic landscapes. At night, the whole venue is just a killer light show and a great place to be.
IBG: Your favorite song on “Wavelength” is? Why is that?
PB: ‘Drowning.’ I wrote the song a few years back and I re-recorded it and added lots of guitar solo into it. I love to play it live and love to hear it come on the radio.
IBG: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
PB: Hopefully on tour.
IBG: What means more to you: Sales, Awards, or critical praise? and why?
PB: I think all three are equally important. If I had to choose one, I would say critical praise.
IBG: Who is your dream collaboration? and why?
PB: Definitely either John Mayer or Eric Clapton. It makes me sad that Clapton isn’t touring anymore and I hope he enjoys retirement but if ever comes back, I hope he chooses me to tour with.
IBG: Where do you discover new music?
PB: Typically on other peoples playlists. People are always showing me new music that they listen to and I have built up an interesting playlist of my own due to recommendations.
IBG: Any final thoughts, shout outs, lessons for our readers?
PB: Catch me on Facebook and Youtube. Wavelength is available on Google Play and Spotify. Listen to it. Cherish it and let it become a part of you.
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