Born into a musical family, Phil's earliest years were spent surrounded by Christian music. With his parents encouraging him, he learned all of the popular worship songs and then started writing his own. That led to him leading worship for his youth group when he was 12.
At 18, he recorded an independent project and it started attracting the attention of the record labels. He signed with Simple Records.
For the next five years, he stayed with Simple Records, releasing his final CD with them, a Christmas project, in 2010. The following year, he came out with a new album under the Fair Trade Services umbrella, and he's been with them every since.