A Star at Piedmont

Juggling work and school can be very hard. Now add juggling an upcoming career as a musician. Sounds like pure chaos right? This is the life of Ethan Philips, a senior, graphic design major, and an upcoming artist at Piedmont College.

Phillips started playing guitar and singing at a young age. When he was in middle school he started to take music classes, but not out of the burning desire to sing. “The only reason I started singing was because all the girls were in the choir class and I was the only guy”, said Phillips. “I didn’t really want to sing, I could care less, but that’s the only reason I wanted too”.

Nothing like a pretty smile and beautiful voice to win the girls over in the 8th grade.

Growing up, Phillips looked up to the legends like James Taylor, Don Williams and many more. One of his favorite songs to play is “Fire & Rain” by James Taylor. Ethan started to get more involved in music and by the time he was a senior in high school, he realized this was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Soon after, he started writing his own music and taking it more serious than a kid trying to win over girl’s hearts. “I love being able to play stuff that I’ve written, or play covers, I would love to be able to write for a living because I don’t see myself much as an entertainer. I just love to play music,” Phillips said, adding that, one of his favorite things to do with music is to tell a story through song.

Phillips will be graduating this May and said it took a lot of hard work to get to where he is at now. “It’s hard. Of course I’d rather be playing music, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have a job that works with my school schedule and my time when I play. I have most of my classes earlier on in the day and when I play its at night, so I try to get all of my projects done during the day.” “ Somehow I made it work, I haven’t compromised anything and still have good grades.”

A close friend of Phillips, a senior mass communications major, Leslie Pritchett, has had the honor to hear Phillips play multiple times. “ You definitely can tell that when he sings, he is very passionate about music. He works hard both in and out of school, with whatever he does,” says Pritchett. “He’s already made a name for himself in this small town, so he is going nowhere but up from here.”

Former student, Lauren Bartlett, said, “Ethan has one of the most soulful voices I have ever heard. His future is so bright and I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

So what does the future hold for musician Ethan Phillips? He has an upcoming audition in March to open up for Alan Jackson at the Opera. He wants to do more recording and get his name out there. And in his words he’s “Taking one day at a time”.


Leslie Pritchett- lpritchett0906@lions.piedmont.edu

Ethan Philips- ephillips0510@lions.piedmont.edu

Lauren Bartlett- lbartlett0501@lions.piedmont.edu


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