Phillip Phillips - "This Christmas" - The National Tree Lighting - (VIDEO)

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The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony took place in Washington DC today, and was streamed online. President Obama and his family helped flip the switch, while a slew of artists performed for a crowd braving the chilly winter air. American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips sang a Christmas tune, as did Jason Mraz, Ledesi, The Fray, James Taylor and more.

Check out Phillip performing “This Christmas” with a big band. There wasn’t much room for Phil to improvise, nevertheless (and maybe because of it) he delivered a soulful performance of the classic. Phillip sang a bit of “White Christmas” as part of a group finale medley.

The special will air on PBS beginning on December 7. Check your local listings for dates and times.

Via PPhillipsOnline.com

http://youtu.be/fnhwGIn0WcQ

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  • ADRIANAARG1980

     Phillip @Phillips performing ‘White Christmas’ at National Christmas Tree Lighting #DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MtcitbKP-U …

  • angiedb

    Fantastic job, once again. Love that kid!

  • Axxxel

    Nicely done P2…. it would be even nicer  though if he did not use the guitar… There is already this big band behind him…

  • Axxxel

    Nicely done P2…. it would be even nicer  though if he did not use the guitar… There is already this big band behind him…

  • sdmama

    Agree, but let him keep his security blanket if he feels better. This might be a nerve wrecking situation, singing in front of Mr. Prez. He looks good with it anyway.  It doesn’t add anything, but it doesn’t hurt, does it? ;)

  • sdmama

    Agree, but let him keep his security blanket if he feels better. This might be a nerve wrecking situation, singing in front of Mr. Prez. He looks good with it anyway.  It doesn’t add anything, but it doesn’t hurt, does it? ;)

  • getaway1

    Singing in front of the President of the United States has to be one of the most honored and at the same time nerve raking experiences. But Phil delivers under pressure, as he did at the World Series.

  • heike hoffmann

    Good performance, tough I don´t like the song. But the First Lady atleast seemed impressed…

  • lila6089

    I don’t care for the song either, but Phillip sounded really good!

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Phillip did great. And I like him with his guitar. Part of the image. :)

  • Tera2

    I’m not into Christmas songs but that’s my favorite one, and I’m glad Phillip Phillips didnt change it up, and even what he did at end fits.  He was singing to the president and knew better not to be screwing around with songs.  He did well, but I kept imagining Kris Allen singing that song cause it’ll fit him and his melodic soul vibe.

  • durbesque

    The performance doesn’t need Phillip’s guitar, but he does.  It creates an image of a musician, rather than a boysinger.  Archie’s voice is complete unto itself, but Phil’s isn’t.

  • macfae

    I enjoyed This Christmas but poor Phillip, he could not have seemed any more uncomfortable  singing White Christmas. ..ouch..not his best.
    However, I love that he is getting all of these great opportunities and he has really shined in most all of them.   Looking forward to more.
    Go Phillip!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Very nice – liked it a lot.  Wished he had paused just a bit, though, at the end and shown his lovely smile.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MtcitbKP-U
     
    Yikes. PP singing his part of White Christmas at 4:40 was rough!
    At least he dressed appropriately for the occasion.
     
    Who was the group that sang before P2? I bet he hated to come after them. lol

  • hellomusicgirl

    I like Phillip and am enjoying several songs off his new album (Gone Gone Gone is my new fav!) but some people maybe just shouldn’t sing Christmas music. In public, anyway. I bet Phillip will be super relieved when Christmas season is over lol.

  • Latin2

    As much as I like Phillip, that song was not his style. Stefano Langone was not my favorite but last year I remember Stefano sang the same song and he did an excellent job. Some Christmas songs just need an up beat type of singer;

    Here is Stefano’s last year’s This Christmas…cheesy, but good;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjLsR1m1jbc

  • heike hoffmann

    I found his “White Christmas” not so bad at all. But he felt not comfortable.  His face while performing and the black clothes remembered me a lot to “We`ve got tonight”. And I bet he was rubbing his left leg too. Lol

  • jpfan2

     Sometimes winning Idol and being forced to do gigs out of your genre can be a negative. Paging Jessica S. for this one.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I bet Phillip will be super relieved when Christmas season is over lol.”

    P2 has a very specific voice and vocal style that doesn’t suit a lot of music. From what I’ve heard so far, Christmas music isn’t his thing.

  • IrisandLilies

    I still like Phillip’s performance of “I’ll be home for Christmas” the best of the three Christmas songs he’s done so far this season.  However, his two performances yesterday were good, even though I personally don’t like the songs themselves. 

    And on a totally shallow note, kudos to his stylist for putting him in that coat.  He looked very handsome.  His stylist is doing a wonderful job so far.  He looked great at the Glamour event in the black suit, white shirt and tie, at the AMAs in the black suit and black shirt, on the Today show, and here at the tree lighting ceremony. 

  • jpfan2

    P2 does look very good. He’s one of a handful of Idol guys that’s actually handsome (and not just to the diehard fans). That’s a big plus for his career.

  • girlygirltoo

    Is he? I think he’s average looking. But then again, not everyone has the same definition of handsome.

    But, IMO being good-looking has little to do with success as a musician (unless your demo is the teen/tween crowd) There are, and have been, a lot of butt ugly music superstars.

  • Anny_nanny

    Wish him strong nerves and patience – he managed to take away from Phil gray jacket, which I liked very much.
    Yes, and couldn’t have somebody to comb his at least sometimes?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that P2 is average looking, and that scruffy pseudo-beard that he’s wearing makes him look grubby, IMO.

  • wkstrack

    I agree that looks have little to do with success. Just look at Ed Sheeran. He’s not the best looking guy but he has a huge fan base, etc…….

    Now, this is where I have to sorta disagree though. When you have the wgwgs that win idol…I think looks do play a part in their winning of the show and success after. It’s hard to explain but with guys like Kris and PP who IMO won the show partially because of their looks, whether people would like to admit it or not, I think that part does have something to do with success. At least in terms of marketability but then again we don’t know how Interscope is going to market P2. My opinion? They’ll have a hard time marketing him just like RCA had a tough time marketing Kris.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I agree that Stefano has a much stronger voice, but I’ll still take Phillip singing it. The feeling I get from each one is that Stefano is singing another song, and doing it well, but Phillip is living the song as he sings it. To me, that is more important than hitting every note perfectly.
     

  • getaway1

    we don’t know how Interscope is going to market P2. My opinion? They’ll have a hard time marketing him just like RCA had a tough time marketing Kris.

    Interscope has done a really great job so far. Phil sold twice the amount in his CD debut week compared to Kris. Season 8 was more popular than Season 11. Phil is also on the verge of having a 3XPlatinum single.

    Let’s just say that Carrie Underwood’s looks have not been an hindrance.

  • jpfan2

    So far they’ve done a great job marketing P2! He’s got a huge single and an album that is in position to at least go gold. My only concern is that they’re marketing him to a more HAC type audience. He’s already had a #1 on Triple A radio and that’s when he should stay.

    I think P2 also has broad appeal to a young demo that does value looks. Looks don’t trump music but they add to the broad appeal.

  • IrisandLilies

    Ed Sheeran reminds me somewhat of Prince Harry, who I think is kind of hot.  But then, I haven’t seen a whole lot of videos or pictures of him because I only became aware of him as an artist last week when someone on YouTube compared Phillip to him. 

  • potatorocks

    I happened to be in DC and didn’t know Philip was a part of the ceremony until I saw it on the news.   I have to say the news commentator who was at the event was so excited about the Fray and Philip.  I was just so happy for P2.  He seems to generate a lot of positive energy.

  • wkstrack

    You mean Interscope has done a good job PROMOTING P2. Marketing and promoting are two separate things. I’m talking about to what crowd, etc are Interscope going to market him. That’s something RCA had a problem with Kris. In the LONG HAUL….

  • Mateja Praznik

    I was always sure Adam would be the top seller of season 8, winner or not. I think Sony thought the same way. Adam was their top priority that season.

    It doesn’t look like Interscope is any better than Sony. Phillip is selling, but Interscope totally failed with Pia and Haley. And Jessica, because they failed to get her album out by now.

  • getaway1

    Kris had problems long before he was with RCA.  He had a Platinum single, yet he was never able to move his CD.  And Home is now in is 4th week as #1 in the AAA market.  That alone is ground breaking for any Idol winner.

    So far Phil has been predicted with doom and gloom at every juncture, but none of it has turned out to be true.

  • tucker davis

    I thought Phillip did as well as anyone else (with the exception of the group in front of him who were great). What an honor for him to be invited to this & get to hug the first family! And yes, I don’t think he’ll be begging to put out a Christmas album anytime soon…lol.

  • wkstrack

    Yes. P2 has definetly had an interesting story after Idol. But I still think you don’t quite understand what I mean when I say Interscope will have a problem marketing. It’s something to do with the “image” I guess you can say. This might be long, etc and I’m sure a lot of posters will give me hate for this but a part of the reason why RCA had a problem marketing Kris was because of the fact that just like the other wgwgs (cook, lee and now PP) they were portrayed as “heartthrobs” on the show. BUT afterward, Kris’ image as the serious family man with the devoted wife didn’t click with buyers. Or at least fans didn’t stick with him. It’s tough to say but none of these wgwgs that win idol and have this “serious musician I mean business, I don’t like being a heartthrob” is a tough sell. Who knows? Maybe that won’t hurt P2 like it hurt Kris. Maybe Interscope is going to market him to the indie scene? But could that work?

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    It’s tough to say but none of these wgwgs that win idol and have this “serious musician I mean business, I don’t like being a heartthrob” is a tough sell and none of them are established yet. Who knows? Maybe that won’t hurt P2 like it hurt Kris.

    Y’know, the vast majority of male musicians are “serious” and don’t get ahead primarily as heart-throbs. And really large numbers of them demonstrate reasonable levels of pulchritude.

    For Idols, the challenge appears to be demonstrating “I’m a serious musician, not a media concoction with no staying power.” Playing heart-throb isn’t gonna help explode that preconception. I think it’s great that P2 is doing his utmost to be “serious” (and that’s he’s gotten more tactful about it, over time).

    From a promo POV, 19 has a history of not really knowing what to do with the Idol after the album launch euphoria has dissipated, coupled with past labels having made dicey choices for second singles. So the effort’s out there, but it kinda loses focus — maybe 19′s trying the right things, but their calls aren’t being returned because “everybody knows” Idols are over quickly. For the musician to give up the stable foundation of family life won’t fix that, either. “Small-town, ordinary dude makes good” (the P2 narrative) is a perfectly good story — heart-warming and encouraging.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Can you expand the difference between marketing and promoting? Might be worthwhile discussing.

  • elliegrll

    For Idols, the challenge appears to be demonstrating “I’m a serious musician, not a media concoction with no staying power.” Playing heart-throb isn’t gonna help explode that preconception

    Well said.  The problem for many idol alums, and not just the three that were mentioned, is that they never create an image that makes them come across as anything except former reality show contestants.  Management, not the label, relying on promo that is just an extension of the show, or that is more about promoting the show and not the artist, doesn’t help.  

  • Axxxel

    In P2′s case there is the struggle and dealing with his health too…which can be sort of inspiring.. Kris is the “family man”….but recently he went to Africa for a charity program, so I guess that can also be kind of inspiring… 

  • Axxxel

    hopefully the buzz of Jessica performing on Glee next year can create some buzz for her postponed album ?

  • wkstrack

    Well, I’m not an expert LOL But Promotion I think anyways, is getting your name out there. Basically, the radio gigs, tv appearances, commericals P2 has been getting. Interscope has done a good job thus far with promoting P2.  Now, Marketing I think has something more to do with the image? To who Interscope is going to want P2 to appeal to. 

    And again, I know that musicians in general are “serious” but for whatever reason it’s different with the wgwgs that come off Idol. Maybe it’s because a lot of people don’t take these singer/songwriter types that do come off Idol seriously.

  • Axxxel

    I once heard of the 4 P’s of marketing: Product, Price, Place (=distribution) and Promotion… I think nowadays marketing has more P’s but I cannot recall them….

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “And again, I know that musicians in general are “serious” but for
    whatever reason it’s different with the wgwgs that come off Idol. Maybe
    it’s because a lot of people don’t take these singer/songwriter types
    that do come off Idol seriously.”

    It’s easy to understand why there’s a bias against regarding anyone coming off Idol (or any “reality” singing competition show). The show is basically a karaoke contest and the contestants advance based on unlimited voting from a small fraction of the viewers, who do not represent the general music buying public. Plus, the recent history of Idol winners (poor sales of sophomore albums, being dropped by their labels) has just reinforced the idea that the shelf life of Idol alums is very limited, commercially, and as major label recording artists. It’s a big hurdle to overcome with the general public.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I think the words promote and market are often used interchangeably, but I agree there’s a big difference. However, I also think what you’re referring to is also called a brand. As in, you need to figure out what your brand is – including your target audience and what they want, etc. – before you can market someone to that audience. So you can promote them all over the place, but unless you’re getting them seen by the target audience, you might be wasting your time.

    So if the person’s “brand” has attracted a certain segment of the audience on a show like Idol, and then after the show, the “brand” changes, any momentum the person had going is killed.

    E.g. If Phillip, on the show, attracted a Triple A audience, and then decided to make a CD for kids aged 6-10, you’d have a really radical shift. But it would be almost as big a shift if he made it for a country audience. Bigger again if he did a rap album. People expect the old “what you see is what you get” thing. Marketing means you stay true to the brand you’ve created. Which is why I dislike any show that has them doing songs or performances that simply don’t mesh with the brand they want to be seen as. Not that young singers always know what their brand ought to be, but someone should be able to help them.

    Bringing it back to Phillip and his Christmas singing, the real question is, do his song choices and his style of singing them fit his brand and will they make his target audience check him out? I think they do.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    My experience is in the book publishing industry, but for me marketing means having a product and getting distribution and buy-in from vendors so that your product is actually on the shelf or on the website; getting reviews in recognized places; being considered for nominations for awards – things it’s easy to take for granted if you have a big company like Interscope behind you. Promotion is then what you do to let the general public know they can get your product. But having a clear brand and a product your audience wants is also huge.

  • IrisandLilies

    Once again, you perfectly expressed my feelings about Phillip as a singer.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    And again, I know that musicians in general are “serious” but for whatever reason it’s different with the wgwgs that come off Idol. Maybe it’s because a lot of people don’t take these singer/songwriter types that do come off Idol seriously.

    Honestly, there’s little or no evidence for a post-Idol problem that’s unique to male singer/songwriters. The sophomore slump hit both Jordin Sparks and Adam Lambert, neither of whom remotely resemble WGWGs, even in their Hallowe’en costumes. Difficulty establishing oneself as a long-term artist in one’s core genre appears to be an Idol problem, not a WGWG problem. 

    P2′s best bet is to act like the kind of AAA artist he purports to be: quirky, down-home, music-focused. This may or may not convince people that he’s authentic — but acting any other way is absolutely certain to convince gatekeepers and music buyers in the genre that he’s NOT authentic.

  • elliegrll

    I think that the problem is that to be successful on the show contestants Usually have to show that they are versatile/perform different styles, and they have to have a certain type of image.  That images, and their performing style may not match up with the artist who they want to be or should be post show.  In that situation the former contestants need a very good A&R person, one who is invested in them, and who believes in them, and they need good management.  It is possible for the alums to change how people see them, but it’s something that will take time, and the alums have to have a good and fully developed idea about who they are, and who their audience is.

    It’s not just about the managers and labels doing their job.  The alums have to realize that they can’t please everybody, and it’s okay if they don’t hold on to a lot of their AI fans, because if they don’t develop a brand, the majority of those “fans” aren’t going to stick around for the second album anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    >The alums have to realize that they can’t please everybody, and it’s
    okay if they don’t hold on to a lot of their AI fans, because if they
    don’t develop a brand, the majority of those “fans” aren’t going to
    stick around for the second album anyway.

    So true. As a writer, the worst thing you can say to an editor is that “everyone” will like your book. It actually shows you have no clue what you’re doing. The narrower and more specific your target audience, the better.

    Honestly, I think that’s a key reason Scotty has done so well. He knew exactly who he was. And I think Phillip has that going for him too. As do James, Casey, likely Haley, and a few others from the last couple of years. The ones who get in trouble are the ones who try to be all things to all people.

    Not to say someone else – esp. a professional – might not be able to able to help you figure out your audience. And accidents also do happen, where you might fall into the right market without a clue what you’re doing.

  • Louisvillefan

    Not bad for P2, but no one sings it better than David Archuleta.  Take a look:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTAmW5buG3Y

  • iani

    Phillip doesn’t need “to act like the kind of AAA” artist, he was this kind of contender on the show and he has come with an album that fit that format. Unfortunately some hundreds of spins may not be enough to support him in business  if he doesn’t come with another AAA song to crossover at least to HAC format. He doesn’t need to convince people he is authentic, they by music by the “good sound” not necessarily by the authenticity of the artist. He has to convince the people in the industry, the PDs and DJs he is an authentic AAA artist to support and play him, “quirky” enough for their tastes of music and the formats’ standard-sounds of the today’s music.
     
    I think for the market/promotion discussion, a good example is Adam Lambert’s situation. The label supported him, as always for other idols, with the 2 singles, giving him the promos they had thought they were good to get the invested money back, the third one didn’t get any promotion and ultimatly he sold in US under 200K. And then his direct management has changed the strategy: forget resuscitating an album and  promoting a music that didn’t have a good reception in US, Adam demonstrated with album #1 he is good enough for some markets and they are taking advantage right now of his reception overseas to keep his name and image up, marketing him and internationally. I would like other idols to have such a “greedy” management to think for their own pockets and take advantage of the artist’s talent they represent.

  • girlygirltoo

    lots of extremely successful artists are putting out Xmas albums these days. Lady A, Blake Shelton, Michael Buble, Scotty, etc. Putting out a Xmas album doesn’t mean your career is a wreck.

  • girlygirltoo

    “Small town ordinary dude makes good” is the exact narrative that Kris had. Not to mention Scotty. So it’s not exactly a fresh angle with which to promote Phillip.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    That wasn’t quite Scotty’s thing. He was the boy from Garner, N. C. who needed his sweet tea and Bojangles and had an amazingly deep voice, grew up listening to Elvis and Conway Twitty, loved pitching a baseball, and had a very humble demeanor, while at the same time sticking to the songs he wanted to sing, which were traditional country. That was repeated in a 100 different ways. His family also became part of the story.

    I was a fan of Kris, and love his first CD, but other than his being married to Katy, I never really knew much about who he was. Not even remotely close to Scotty. And I think that hurt him.

    ETA – I did know they were both Christians, too.

  • cmom

    thanks  louisvillefan for that @davidarchie link to the song – what he did at 2:52 when he goes up high at “through the night” was really amazing. I enjoy all the idols Christmas interpretations but I do have to say that archie spoils me for so many songs it is annoying! Glad to see the idols all out at the tree lightings.

  • girlygirltoo

    For me, far too much of both the promo and the marketing for people coming off Idol has been so cheesy, no wonder it’s hard to take them seriously. For me, while I appreciate that they are, for the most part, nice, humble, friendly, blahdiblahdiblah, I would much rather them be marketed/promoted for their music, not for their “All-American” personalities. Honestly, it often makes them come off as overly wholesome, boring, cheesy, etc. I would bet that even the cleanest of the clean cut contestants who have come off Idol (for example, someone like Archie) are not anywhere near as boringly wholesome in reality as the marketing/promotion can make them appear.

    Outside of the Christian and possibly the country market, does a significant portion of potential music listeners/buyers even care what the artist is like as a person? I would doubt it.

    Put more focus on how good the music these people put out — and a lot of them put out very good music, irregardless of whether it sells well or not, stay away from piling on the “cheese” factor — and maybe more of them will actually have solid success.

  • kmd23

     I could not agree with you more Louisvillefan. Thanks for posting the video.

  • heike hoffmann

     I wouldn`t say, Phillip shouldn`t sing Christmas music. But maybe he shouldn´t sing these  kind of songs. They are all a bit cheesy.
    But I think, there are Christmas songs which would fit him ( Happy Xmas; Santa Claus is comming in town; Jingle bell rocks; Rockin around the Christmas tree ….).
    Phillip is a rock musican and these songs could fit with his genre. I heard a very cool version of “Santa Claus is comming…” from Bruce Springsteen.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Among Idol alum, I think that Ruben does a nice job of TC. It’s more upbeat than Archie’s version.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sccEKsM9A-4

  • hellomusicgirl

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Jingle Bell Rock aren’t cheesy? lol.

    I agree with the premise of what you’re saying though. It’s not the cheesiness that’s the problem, it’s the melody and the type of singing required to perform the song well. Traditional Christmas songs with a certain type of melody are probably not going to work well for him but he could definitely pull off more of a rock or folk version of Christmas music. Happy Xmas is a great example and actually one of my favorites.

    And now that you’ve said that, I really want to hear him sing it.

  • journey1

    I think it is easier for those competing on Idol to stick to their style of singing now than it was 3 or 4 seasons ago.  Scotty would have been chastised by the judges for making everything a country song. Philip was encouraged to do his own thing on each song.  The judges were constantly telling the singers to mix it up and sing something outside of their comfort zone. The last 3 or 4 seasons they have been much more open to the competitors staying with the kind of song that fits their voice.  I think that helps alleviate  the confusion on what kind of artist they are.

  • heike hoffmann

     Santa C…. and Jingle B…. are more funny and playful songs, what takes away the cheesiness.
    But I agree with you, the best song of them would be “Happy Xmas” for him. I think generally, some John-Lennon-songs fit Phillips voice very well.

  • Incipit

    I think it is easier for those competing on Idol to stick to their style of singing now than it was…The last 3 or 4 seasons they have been much more open to the competitors staying with the kind of song that fits their voice. 

    I agree, journey1, although it doesn’t go back quite that far – IMO. ..and it’s a deliberate decision w/TPTB to have more open themes. This new approach starts with Season 10…and what you wrote about Scotty and Phillip not being asked to leave their lanes is very true. Another year, they would have been dinged hard for what easily passed in their seasons.

    Do a comparison of theme weeks with Seasons 7,8,9 and 10,11 – so far – Season 7 was the most extremely controlled, even the Semi-Finals had defined themes, and ALW was in ‘nobody’s’ wheelhouse, but neither was Disco in Season 8  - and even Season 9 had a cast of predominately singer/songwriters trying to sing the Stones, Elvis and Frank Sinatra.

    In the inevitable post mortems of Idol as a whole, there always seems to be three year cycles – like the Time of the Big Voices, or the predominance of Instruments (7,8,9)- (which were then limited in Season 10) – and I have a feeling 10, 11, and 12 will be the Cycle of Self Expression, or something.

    People may argue that this provides much fewer creative surprises, twists and water cooler moments – and this is true, IMO – but it also allows for fewer train wrecks, where people crash and burn in an unfamiliar or unsuitable genre.

    But if Idol keeps going – I expect the next three seasons will have a different common pattern – although I have no idea what that may turn out to be…but I do look forward to reading all the opinions.

  • tucker davis

    I didn’t mean that popular & current artists don’t put out Christmas music. I think it’s great that the ones you named have done that…can’t wait to hear Lady A’s. I meant that Phillip doesn’t look really comfortable with this genre. Of course that could change with more experience. I’m a P2 fan but don’t think that everything is in his wheelhouse.

  • Heidijoy

    Agreed I saw David sing/perform this in SLC and Beaver Creek last Christmas Season.  He was really grooving to this :)  Great Memories and I listen to it year round when I need something Groovy.  

  • elliegrll

    Outside of the Christian and possibly the country market, does a significant portion of potential music listeners/buyers even care what the artist is like as a person? I would doubt it.

    I wouldn’t agree with this, because the buyers having an idea of who the artist is is part of branding.  I think that we’ve seen that an audience can like a song, but that doesn’t mean that the are going to make an effort to buy an artist’s album, check out his or her other songs, or pay to see the artist on tour.  

    This doesn’t mean that the image/perception that the audience has of the artist is real, but you seem to be saying two contradicting things.  Some of the alums have been hurt by marketing, or a lack there of, that makes them seem boring, who wants to buy an album from someone who comes across like they they don’t have a pulse?  It’s reasonable to assume that the artists would be helped by marketing that shows that their interesting, not just manufactured acts, and like they actually have their own voice, meaning a say in their careers, sound and music.

  • Incipit

    I think generally, some John-Lennon-songs fit Phillips voice very well.

    heike hoffman, “Happy Christmas, War is Over” – Lennon’s song  goes out of Phillip’s range on that…on “A very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year”.. Maybe not a good choice without extensive re-arrangement.

    Actually, Phillip didn’t do so badly on “This Christmas”, singing with the band seemed to keep him within the melody…and after this year, with the ‘newly minted Idol’ thing, he probably doesn’t ever have to do Christmas songs again if he doesn’t want to – which is good – “most Christmas music is really not his niche”, as Eilonwy noted. Just get through the Holiday season…next year the New Winner will get these gigs.

    JMO.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    >It’s reasonable to assume that the artists would be helped by
    marketing that shows that their interesting, not just manufactured acts,
    and like they actually have their own voice, meaning a say in their
    careers, sound and music.

    Exactly. Your brand doesn’t have to be nice or sweet or humble – it can be quirky, daring, smart, funny, crazy, scary, out of the box… whatever is most attractive to your target audience. 

  • heike hoffmann

     I would say, he could pull it off. He had to perform songs, where he had also sing some higher notes and he did well (“Imagine” , The national anthem). Yes he maybe have some problems with the highest notes from the chorus of “Hold on”. But this one does go a lot higher than the highest part of the Lennon-Christmas-song.
    Or maybe he had to sing the completely song a half octave deeper, but this I wouldn´t call “extensive re-arrangement”.
    But probably you are right and he don´t have to perform christmas-songs anymore after the end of this year. Lol