Chuck Phillips is a talented singer, songwriter, and composer hailing from the coastal town of Washington, North Carolina. With over two decades of experience in the music industry, Chuck has honed his skills to become one of the most exceptional vocalists in the business.
Chuck’s passion for music began when his grandmother gifted him some of her old Beatles records at the age of five. From that moment, Chuck’s love for music blossomed and he has been dedicated to singing, playing, and creating music ever since.
At thirteen, Chuck was given his first guitar, which led him to form his first band, “The Stickmen.” Despite never having learned to read music, Chuck’s musical talent shone through, and he taught himself to play six different instruments with an incredible ear for sound.
Over the years, Chuck has played in several bands and solo performances across various locations, including New York, England, Holland, and the Bahamas. Chuck’s music is not just about creating beautiful melodies; it is also about telling stories.
His song “Long Love” reflects his struggle to maintain meaningful connections with people, while “War of the Worlds” sarcastically comments on our current civilization’s decline. His unique storytelling approach and exceptional voice set Chuck apart from other musicians in the industry.
Keep up with Chuck’s latest news and events to avoid missing out on his incredible talent. If you’re a music enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the chance to experience Chuck’s soulful and distinctive sound.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Coldplay, Leonard Cohen, Al Stewart, Rod Stewart, Warren Zevon, David Bowie
What inspired you to write your latest album/song?
The track War of the Worlds was inspired by the negativity I see every day, especially on social media platforms of strangers tearing each other down, disrespecting the views and beliefs of others, and general stupidity, for lack of a better word, of the way humanity as a whole treat our planet and turns a blind eye to real, pressing issues of life – instead seeking to elevate material possessions, wealth, and mass approval on social media platforms. At some following this path is going to come to a head and it will affect every single person on this planet. We’ll suddenly be dealt a very harsh reality check about what is important in life. That’s what War of the Worlds is about. There’s a War of the Worlds, pulling up down at the station, coming soon to your home town.
What message do you hope to convey through your music?
Although a song can be about a dark topic, in the end, I always hope to convey a positive message through my music and possibly open people’s eyes to things they take for granted or may not be consciously paying attention to in the world around us.
What was the most challenging aspect of recording your latest album?
I play all of the instruments on the new EP, as well as provide all vocals. I also produced the record so all of those added together was quite a challenge. Aside from that, I am always challenged by lyrics and endless possibilities. I find myself constantly changing/tweaking lyrics right up to the time of the finished mix.
What has been your favourite moment or experience as a musician so far?
Performing in front of large audiences that are vibing to your music has no comparison. I always enjoy the live performance aspect the most. In addition to that, meeting Mick Jagger, and Jimmy Buffet, and becoming close friends with a personal musical hero of mine, folk legend Al Stewart, are definitely highlights!
How do you balance your personal life with your music career?
I find ways to make time for myself away from music for weeks at a time here and there. I enjoy travelling and spend a lot of time in the Netherlands where my girlfriend lives. I always treat that as a break from music and an opportunity to relax and unwind.
How do you handle negative criticism or feedback on your music?
I remind myself that the biggest, most popular bands in the history of music have critics and people who hate their music. It’s impossible to please everyone and if that’s what you’re setting out to do then you’re setting yourself up for a big disappointment. Do you, and those who appreciate it will follow your journey, the rest doesn’t matter.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians trying to make it in the industry?
You better be truly committed. It better be the only thing in your heart and you better have a ton of patience.
Do you have any upcoming projects or releases that you’re excited about?
This single is my first release this year and I’m excited to kick off the year with fresh new tunes. I was inspired by the old 45’ vinyl singles of the ’50s and ’60s that have both an A-side and B-side track. Therefore this release, although technically a single, has an A-side – War of the Worlds, and a B-side, Long Love. I like to call it a double single! lol
Do you have any plans to branch out into other genres or styles of music?
No set plans but I am constantly exploring new sounds and trying to incorporate them into my music.