Phillips on stage in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Birth name||Leslie Ann Phillips|
|Born||January 28, 1962|
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop|
|Labels||Myrrh, Virgin, Nonesuch|
|Associated acts||T Bone Burnett, Eric Gorfain|
Leslie Ann Phillips(born January 28, 1962), better known by her stage name Sam Phillips, is an American singer and songwriter. Her albums include the critically acclaimed Martinis & Bikinis in 1994 and Fan Dance in 2001. She has also composed scores for the television shows Gilmore Girls , Bunheads , and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel .
Phillips was born in Glendale, California, the second of three children, and has a brother and a sister.
Phillips began her musical career in the early 1980s in the contemporary Christian music industry, where she sang background vocals for Christian artists Mark Heard and Randy Stonehill.
Phillips was signed as a solo artist with Myrrh Records under her given name and recorded four Christian pop albums: Beyond Saturday Night , Dancing with Danger , Black and White in a Grey World and, The Turning . The Turning teamed her with producer and future husband, T Bone Burnett.
Several became Top 10 singles on Christian radioand Myrrh records promoted her as "the Christian Cyndi Lauper". Phillips was never comfortable with this image, and it was a bone of contention between her and her label. She began using the name "Sam" professionally in 1988 when she left Myrrh Records and signed with Virgin Records in order to distance herself from her prior persona.
With The Indescribable Wow Philips moved into mainstream music. The album featured the orchestrations of Van Dyke Parks. Cruel Inventions was released in 1991, and included a guest performance by Elvis Costello. 1994's Martinis and Bikinis was widely praised by music critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award;her second nomination (the first was as Leslie Phillips).
In 1995, Phillips made her film acting debut as the mute terrorist Katya in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Die Hard with a Vengeance . In 1996, Phillips released Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) , which featured a song co-written by R.E.M.. Phillips made a cameo appearance in the 1997 Wim Wenders film The End of Violence , singing part of the song "Animals on Wheels" from Omnipop. After releasing a contractually obligated "best of" album in 1999, Virgin Records dropped Phillips from its roster.
In 2001, Phillips signed with Nonesuch Records, evolving her musical style to a stripped-down, acoustically-based sound on her album called Fan Dance , which featured some of her most critically acclaimed songwriting [ citation needed ], as well as guest appearances from musical partners Gillian Welch on vocals & David Rawlings on piano, for whom T Bone Burnett had produced several years earlier. Phillips also began writing music for and scoring the television series Gilmore Girls , and appeared in the final episode of season six, performing "Taking Pictures" from her Fan Dance album. In 2004, she released A Boot and a Shoe , another collection of acoustically-based songs, similar in style to Fan Dance.
After the release of A Boot and a Shoe, Phillips and T Bone Burnett, who had been her longtime producer, divorced, although they continued to work together to finish her album.Her album Don't Do Anything was self-produced and released in 2008.
In October 2009, Phillips launched The Long Play, a music subscription service offering digital releases without a record label.The first subscription only EP, Hypnotists in Paris, was recorded with the Section Quartet and a Christmas collection Cold Dark Night, Magic for Everyone, Old Tin Pan, and Days of the One Night Stands followed, with the full-length album Cameras in the Sky being released in early 2010. In Spring of 2011 she issued Solid State , a public CD release comprising 13 of the best songs from her subscription service.
In 2012, it was announced that she would be reunited with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino by scoring music for the short-lived American TV show Bunheads .
Phillips described her next album, Pretty Time Bomb (later renamed Push Any Button), as being "a nostalgic sort of dream of being a pop star in the 60s and early 70s. It's a sweet kind of album and I don't know where it came from. I don't know what compelled me to make it. It's probably a bad idea, but every time I listen to what I've done, it makes me really happy. So I figure, that must mean something and I should go ahead and put it out there."
Push Any Button was released on August 13, 2013.Phillips has described Push Any Button in as 'an impressionistic version of the AM pop radio playing inside her head'—a way of 'looking at the future through the past. For the vinyl release through her website, Phillips created a limited run of unique handmade collages on repurposed vintage LP sleeves sourced from flea markets. In 2015, a suite of these collage artworks were exhibited at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, Australia in an exhibition called Lost and Profound curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham.
In 2013, Phillips' first live concert album, Sam Phillips: Live @ Largo at The Coronet, was made available digitally through her website,and is also the title of a 2019 documentary directed by Dave Rygalski, who filmed the 2013 performances.
On November 21, 2016 Phillips released an eight-track downloadable EP Human Contact is Never Easy, which included four new tracks off her next album World on Sticks.
Phillips reunited with Amy Sherman-Palladino as composer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life , a revival of the much-loved television series, which was released on Netflix on November 25, 2016.
In September 2018, Phillips released World on Sticks.
In 1989, Phillips married producer and musician T Bone Burnett. They have a daughter, Simone, born in 1997.Phillips and Burnett divorced in 2004, and both have since remarried.
As Leslie Phillips
|1983||"Heart of Hearts"||14||Beyond Saturday Night|
|"I'm Finding"||31||Beyond Saturday Night|
|1984||"Make My Heart Your Home" (with Paul Smith and The Imperials)||12||Side By Side|
|"By My Spirit" (with Matthew Ward)||12||Dancing with Danger|
|1985||"Here He Comes with My Heart"||6||Dancing with Danger|
|"Strength of My Life" (guest vocals by Russ Taff)||9||Dancing with Danger|
|"Dancing with Danger"||11||Dancing with Danger|
|1986||"Your Kindness"||1||Black and White in a Grey World|
|"The More I Know"||7||Black and White in a Grey World|
|"Psalm 55"||8||Black and White in a Grey World|
|1987||"Libera Me"||2||The Turning|
|"Love Is Not Lost"||14||The Turning|
|"Answers Don't Come Easy"||11||The Turning|
|1988||"No One But You"||11||Recollection|
As Sam Phillips
|US Hot 100||US Modern Rock||US Mainstream Rock||US Rock Sales||UK|
|1989||"Holding on to the Earth"||—||22||—||—||—||The Indescribable Wow|
|1994||"Baby I Can't Please You"||—||—||—||—||—||Martinis & Bikinis|
|2016||"Reflecting Light"||—||—||—||15||—||A Boot and a Shoe|
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