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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
2016 All At Once 204
2013 The Wind and the Wheat Remaster 524
2012 The Cover Of Love 557
2011 Live From Kegworth Studio 619
2010 Welcome Inn - A Phil Keaggy Christmas 705
2009 Acoustic Cafe 612
2009 Mystery Highway 593
2009 FRIO Suite 555
2008 Phantasmagorical: Master & Musician 2 598
2007 The Master and The Musician: 30th Anniversary Edition 686
2007 The Song Within 503
2006 Roundabout 721
2006 Jammed! 983
2006 Dream Again 612
2006 Two Of Us 552
2005 Randy Stonehill/Phil Keaggy Together Live! 710
2005 The Uncle Duke Project 521
2004 Philly Live! DVD 831
2004 It's Personal 690
2003 History Makers 739
2003 Special Occasions 760
2003 Freehand: Acoustic Sketches II 893
2002 Hymnsongs 765
2001 In the Quiet Hours 805
2001 Cinemascapes 905
2001 What Matters 719
2001 Interdimensional Traveler 499
2001 Songs about What Matters (compilation) 504
2000 Uncle Duke 787
2000 Zion 835
2000 Lights of Madrid 930
2000 Inseparable 790
2000 Re-Emerging 755
1999 Music to Paint By: Still Life 741
1999 Music to Paint By: Electric Blue 732
1999 Music to Paint By: Splash 680
1999 Music to Paint By: Brushstrokes 739
1999 Majesty & Wonder 806
1999 Premium Jams 803
1998 Acoustic Sketches 800
1998 Phil Keaggy 1056
1998 A Christmas Gift 785
1998 Getting Closer 684
1997 On The Fly 744
1996 220 1301
1995 True Believer 943
1995 Time: Volume 2 855
1995 Time: Volume 1 826
1994 Way Back Home 835
1994 Back Room Trax Volume 6 494
1993 Revelator 947
1993 Blue 896
1993 Crimson & Blue 1125
1993 Back Room Trax Volume 5 671
1993 Blue Radio Special 516
1992 Back Room Trax Volume 4 445
1991 Beyond Nature 1007
1991 Town To Town / Ph'lip Side / Play Thru Me 633
1991 Back Room Trax Volume 3 443
1990 Find Me In These Fields 1048
1990 What A Day / Love Broke Thru (Re-Issue) 648
1989 The Master & The Musician [reissue] 699
1989 Back Room Trax Volume 2 471
1989 Back Room Trax Volume 1 665
1988 Sunday's Child 1113
1987 The Wind & The Wheat 1028
1987 Prime Cuts 623
1986 Way Back Home 527
1985 Getting Closer 847
1983 Underground 854
1982 Play Thru Me 935
1981 Town to Town 910
1980 Ph'lip Side 893
1978 The Master & The Musician 891
1977 Emerging 908
1977 Song In The Air 533
1976 Love Broke Thru 929
1973 What A Day 887

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