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HAPPY ACCIDENTS

I've always had a deep affinity with music. Growing up in a family where both parents were professional songwriters, it’s no surprise that music was always a part of my life, but I turned to song writing in a much more profound way after falling into depression following a severe sports injury. Realising that communication through song writing was my great passion, I dedicated myself to the task of becoming a great singer-songwriter.  

 

I studied a degree in Contemporary Music at JMC Academy, majoring in Song Writing, graduating in 2019. I enjoyed my time at JMC, mostly (not always) achieving high grades, and winning their two national song writing competitions. The first win in 2016 allowed me to partake in APRA’s ‘50 Songs in 5 Days’ writing camp at Studios 301 in Sydney, where I co-wrote songs with ARIA winning and GRAMMY nominated acts. The second competition win in 2017 gave me a spot at the ‘International Writer’s Camp’ in the Netherlands, where I teamed up with students from 18 countries around the world to write and pitch songs to publishers and label personnel from BMG/Talpa, Sony, Armada and others, who represented artists such as DJ Tiesto and Alicia Keys. 

 

In December of 2018 I released my debut single EMMA, which was well received by fans and radio, reaching #1 on both the Triple J Unearthed and AMRAP charts. My debut E.P “A Life Without Fairy Tales” soon followed, which was produced by ARIA winner Govinda Doyle (Angus and Julia Stone), and focused on my unfortunate experiences with unrequited love. I was lucky enough to have songs from the E.P placed on rotation on Kyle and Jackie-O’s A-List, added to Coles radio, played multiple times on Hit105 and played on Triple J. The songs also achieved streaming success by landing on Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’ and ‘Daily Acoustic’ playlists. 

 

In 2018 I was recognised for my song writing, when the demos for my debut E.P earned me a spot as 1 of 4 finalists for QMusic’s prestigious Billy Thorpe Scholarship. I subsequently won the Billy Thorpe Scholarship in 2020. 

 

My backing band and I pride ourselves on a thrilling and energetic live show, and have played almost all of Brisbane’s most iconic venues. We opened for prominent Australian act GANGgajang and shared festival bills with Birds of Tokyo, Daryl Braithewaite and The Angels. 

 

Currently I divide my time between advocating for refugee rights in Australia and using the funds from the Billy Thorpe Scholarship to record my sophomore E.P, with producers Alex Henrikkson (Matt Corby) and Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths). The first single 'Wristbands' is set for release on 23rd October 2020.

©2020 Harry Phillips