Backstage at the Norton Center with Phil Vassar

1. VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT I… went to college on a track and field scholarship.

2. WHEN I’M NOT ON TOUR I… hang out with my daughters.

3. WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY ART IS… it expresses how I feel.  Good, bad, happy, sad, etc.

4. A LIFE LESSON I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH CENTRE COLLEGE STUDENTS IS:  you can’t please everyone – you’ve gotta please yourself.

5. I DEFINE ART AS: an outward form of human expression.

6. MY MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN SHOW BUSINESS THUS FAR WAS: playing the White House.

7. THE PERSON WHO MOST INFLUENCED ME IS: my mother.

8. IF I COULD BE ON STAGE WITH ANYONE, PAST OR PRESENT, ALIVE OR DECEASED, FICTIONAL OR REAL, IT WOULD BE: Elvis, for sure.

9. WHILE TOURING, ONE OF MY GUILTY PLEASURES IS: FOOD!!

10. IF I COULD ENSURE THAT THE AUDIENCE TAKES HOME ONE THING AFTER MY PERFORMANCE, IT WOULD BE: That I love doing what I do.

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More about the artist:
Phil Vassar is as driven today as he was when he first left his Lynchburg, Virginia home to pursue – and realize – his dream of making his mark in Country music. A career that has seen the release of eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, countless hits as a singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards continues to expand and evolve.

Excited at the limitless possibilities of starting fresh, he launched the Rodeowave label in early 2011 to continue the work he started so many years ago. The full-service record label/promotions/ management company not only handles details of his own career but promotes music from Neal McCoy, new duo Brother Trouble and others.

Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, Phil was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career. “Little Red Rodeo,” (Collin Raye) “My Next Thirty Years,” “For A Little While,”(both by Tim McGraw) “She’s Right On The Money,” (Alan Jackson) and “I‘m Alright” (Jo Dee Messina) are just a few of the songs he’s penned that other artists have recorded and taken to the top of the charts. New artist David Nail has a smash hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” as Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can.

For Vassar, his philosophy about songs has never changed during his time spent writing hits for himself and other artists, its important for a song to carry a message and make the listener feel something.

“Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation…you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is… songs should evoke something,” says Vassar. “And if it’s just having a drink with your friends in the hot tub, that’s just as good as any song for me! I mean, I’ve had hits with every kind of song – ballads, mid-tempos, up-tempos and silly kinds of songs.  You can’t save the whales with every song you write, that’s too heavy for me,” he adds, laughing. “I honestly don’t think I’ve written my best songs yet,” he added.

The Virginia native is definitely no stranger to a good time, and he makes sure with every performance that his fans feel exactly the same way. Years of playing clubs, and even owning his own nightspot at one point, helped Phil cultivate the easygoing, fun-loving manner he displays onstage and the infectious energy that infuses every single show he does.

His critically-acclaimed 2011 holiday release Noel included five original and five classic songs and a slight dose of irreverence. Sandwiched between “Away in a Manger” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Santa’s Gone Hollywood” is an equal opportunity offender for everything good and pure about jolly ole St. Nick. He supported the album with a Christmas tour, which will be followed with a more extensive slate of dates in 2012.

“I’ve always prided myself on writing a lot of different types of songs, while some people may like to play it safe, I prefer diversity. So it’s about new energy and doing different things, getting away from the old ways and starting fresh, that’s what we’ve been able to do with Rodeowave.”

Celebrate a down-home country Christmas as Phil Vassar and Craig Morgan bring their Acoustic Christmas Tour to the Norton Center on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM.  For more, visit NortonCenter.com.  This performance is sponsored by Sodexo.

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