A member of Emmylou Harris’ Red Dirt Boys and a Grammy Winning songwriter, Phil Madeira doesn’t rest on his laurels. He’s produced records for and performed with many amazing artists including Shawn Mullins, Buddy Miller, Sam Bush, Lee Ann Womack, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Keb’ Mo’ and more.
His Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us project debuted in 2012 and yielded a Grammy Winning song for the Civil Wars, “From This Valley”. The project also features a diverse group of artists- John Scofield, Emmylou Harris, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The North Mississippi Allstars, Cindy Morgan, to name a few.
Volume 2 of Mercyland will release in the fall of 2015 and features Ms Harris, Sugar & The Hi Lows, The Wood Bros, The Lone Bellow, The McCrary Sisters, and Angel Snow in its dozen gospel tinged songs.
The producer and songwriter is also known for his multi-instrumental abilities, having played Guitar and Keyboards on hundreds of records, including hits by Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, and other country stars, but his real love is roots music, like the Americana songs he’s written for Alison Krauss and Keb’ Mo’.
His songs have been recorded by The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Keb’ Mo’, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Shawn Mullins, Dan Tyminski, Amy Grant, John Scofield, Humming People, and a long list of others.
The reviews are in on Phil’s Mercyland project:
“Gorgeously lyrical” – The Nashville Scene
“Exquisitely produced”- Folk Alley
“Every human being on the planet should
listen to this and take heed …” – Maverick, UK
2014 brought Phil’s first solo record of this century, pm, a project inspired by his Mercyland success, but far different in content. Introspective and dark, Madeira trawls the river of life and comes up with a very human string of pearls. Loss, the blues, brokenness, and a little hope thrown in make for a compellingly real record.
As if his first solo outing in over 15 years wasn’t enough, Madeira debuted as an author with his spiritual memoir from Jericho Books, God On The Rocks: Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith, released June of 2013.
Phil is often on the road, playing guitar and singing in clubs and conducting clinics with Merrill Farnsworth and their Mercyland Songwriter Workshops.