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Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.

Phil's solo career has spanned more than 30 years, and has included over 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Born on March 23, 1951 in Youngstown, OH, the ninth of ten children, Phil grew up in a home filled with music. On Phil's 10th birthday, his brother, Dave returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar. That's when the magic began.

Phil spent most of his younger days involved in music, and at the young age of 13, he joined his very first band, the Keytones. He later went on to join such local groups as The Vertices, The Squires, and the Volume Four, who later changed their name to New Hudson Exit.

But it wasn't until 1970, when Phil's band Glass Harp (with childhood friend John Sferra on drums, and Dan Pecchio on bass) recorded their self-titled first album that people really began to take notice of this incredibly gifted guitar player. Glass Harp gained more popularity in the Ohio area, opening for such bands as the Kinks and Yes, and even performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Over the next few years, they recorded two more albums entitled "Synergy" and "It Makes Me Glad".

By 1972, Phil saw his life going in a different direction, and made the tough decision to leave Glass Harp and pursue a solo career. His first solo album, "What A Day", was recorded in just a week's time during January 1973. He married his sweetheart Bernadette that summer, and the following year, they moved to Upstate New York and joined a Church community called Love Inn.

During his years there, Phil took a break from recording his own music. It wasn't until three years later in 1976 that Phil would record his second solo album, "Love Broke Thru", which was soon followed by a string of albums, including the acclaimed instrumental album, "The Master And The Musician".

With the Christian Music industry really beginning to grow, Phil won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat. Phil's second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, "Beyond Nature". Each year from 1998 to 2001, Phil has dominated the "Instrumental Record" category at the Doves, winning for "Invention", "Acoustic Sketches", "Majesty and Wonder", and most recently "Lights of Madrid". For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.

These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the US performing primarily acoustic shows, and occasional concerts with a band. He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music, and for over 30 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.
(bio from Philkeaggy.com)

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Year Title Rating Views
2013 The Wind and the Wheat Remaster 295
2012 The Cover Of Love 308
2011 Live From Kegworth Studio 376
2010 Welcome Inn - A Phil Keaggy Christmas 453
2009 Acoustic Cafe 336
2009 Mystery Highway 336
2009 FRIO Suite 293
2008 Phantasmagorical: Master & Musician 2 351
2007 The Master and The Musician: 30th Anniversary Edition 363
2007 The Song Within 317
2006 Roundabout 456
2006 Jammed! 714
2006 Dream Again 324
2006 Two Of Us 311
2005 Randy Stonehill/Phil Keaggy Together Live! 487
2005 The Uncle Duke Project 263
2004 Philly Live! DVD 570
2004 It's Personal 491
2003 History Makers 499
2003 Special Occasions 508
2003 Freehand: Acoustic Sketches II 627
2002 Hymnsongs 502
2001 In the Quiet Hours 568
2001 Cinemascapes 657
2001 What Matters 463
2001 Interdimensional Traveler 297
2001 Songs about What Matters (compilation) 248
2000 Uncle Duke 519
2000 Zion 563
2000 Lights of Madrid 631
2000 Inseparable 572
2000 Re-Emerging 512
1999 Music to Paint By: Still Life 514
1999 Music to Paint By: Electric Blue 489
1999 Music to Paint By: Splash 480
1999 Music to Paint By: Brushstrokes 530
1999 Majesty & Wonder 566
1999 Premium Jams 535
1998 Acoustic Sketches 598
1998 Phil Keaggy 768
1998 A Christmas Gift 515
1998 Getting Closer 432
1997 On The Fly 493
1996 220 922
1995 True Believer 732
1995 Time: Volume 2 598
1995 Time: Volume 1 604
1994 Way Back Home 603
1994 Back Room Trax Volume 6 257
1993 Revelator 716
1993 Blue 632
1993 Crimson & Blue 818
1993 Back Room Trax Volume 5 430
1993 Blue Radio Special 303
1992 Back Room Trax Volume 4 254
1991 Beyond Nature 743
1991 Town To Town / Ph'lip Side / Play Thru Me 351
1991 Back Room Trax Volume 3 246
1990 Find Me In These Fields 796
1990 What A Day / Love Broke Thru (Re-Issue) 407
1989 The Master & The Musician [reissue] 442
1989 Back Room Trax Volume 2 270
1989 Back Room Trax Volume 1 363
1988 Sunday's Child 868
1987 The Wind & The Wheat 785
1987 Prime Cuts 336
1986 Way Back Home 276
1985 Getting Closer 610
1983 Underground 590
1982 Play Thru Me 675
1981 Town to Town 673
1980 Ph'lip Side 649
1978 The Master & The Musician 683
1977 Emerging 657
1977 Song In The Air 291
1976 Love Broke Thru 655
1973 What A Day 652

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