"American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips make?He's covered everyone from Usher to Bob Seger, but when it comes to his own music, what kind of record will
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter landed a recording contract as part of his "Idol" win, but he may want to be careful when it comes to following in the footsteps of fellow "white guy with guitar" "American Idol" winners.
While last season's guitar toting "Idol" winner, Scotty McCreery, broke a 20-year Billboard record with his high-charting first single, "I Love You This Big," Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze was dropped by RCA Records.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Phillips said, "A lot of the other past Idols that played guitars are great guys. I met a few of them. They're great artists. I can't play guitar with just with normal cords and stuff. I play a lot different than they do."
Phillips has already given fans several clues as to what kind of artist he wants to be.
When it comes to song covers, he specializes in the change-up method, a la "Idol" Season 7 winner, David Cook. Phillips auditioned for "Idol" with a memorable acoustic version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," then went on to revamp songs like Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and Billy Joel's "Movin' Out."
Phillips' personal idol is blues rocker Jonny Lang. And we know what song Phillip Phillips wishes he had written. That would be Damien Rice's "Volcano," which he impeccably stripped down during the show's "Songs They Wish They had Written" week.
As for his "potential winning song," the Drew Pearson-penned "Home," Phillips told MTV he only heard it once before he agreed to perform it on the show's final performance night.
"I wanted to do my own stuff, but we only had a certain amount of time to do everything, so I had to do that one, and it's a really good song," he said. "The writers are really good. It's not really something I would write, so I'm excited to get my own stuff out there."
As for his debut album, Phillips told the AP that he plans to write his own music -- with a little help from a friend.
"I want to write my own stuff," he said. "Me and my brother-in-law, who was on the show tonight, write a lot together. I'm excited to do my album. I know it's going to be challenging because a lot of opinions will be coming my way, but it's like the show, I know my music. I know how I want it."
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