Headlines: Phillip Phillips, Sawyer Fredericks and More

Local musician Siobhan Magnus to offer concert series at Cultural Center – Siobhan Magnus’s star continues to rise, and plenty of opportunities take her away from the Cape now, but the Barnstable High School graduate still has plenty of time for home. From July through December, she’s going to offer a concert a month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, as a series called “The Stories and the Songs.” – Read more at Barnstable.com

Phillip Phillips in the Studio

The American Idol 11 winner will release his 3rd album later this year.

Phillip Phillips and his pawn shop guitar – Phillips learned the pawn game back home in Georgia from his dad. A few years ago, when Phillips was opening shows for John Mayer, he busted out a guitar that came into his dad’s pawn shop. Phillips says that as a pawn-shop owner, his dad wants the person pawning the goods to come back and pay for them; his dad usually doesn’t make as much when he must sell the unclaimed goods. But that’s not the case with a certain Gibson Les Paul. It’s a guitar he uses on the road. Fans attending Phillips’ show at PNC Pavilion will see him playing it. “The guy that brought it in, he brought us two Les Pauls,” Phillips says. – Read more at Cinncinatti.com

‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips plays Casino Ballroom July 1 – Phillips has incorporated blues and soul in previous recordings and in his live shows. He said he likes to experiment and jam onstage and play a different show each night. This album, though, blends blues, funk and soul more than his previous recordings, and he thinks the new songs are some of his best to date. “This one really hits at it harder,” Phillips said. “This really represents me and how I feel about listening to music and what inspires me.” Growing up, Phillips loved classic rock artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ACDC. While he has made his name as a mainstream pop singer, he said it would be a dream to work with one of his classic rock heroes on a record. – Read more at Fosters.com

‘Voice’ Winner Sawyer Fredericks Kicks Off Tour At Westhampton Beach PAC – “They can expect a lot of emotion in my performances. I try to connect with the audiences and I’m having a hard time keeping my voice intact through the whole thing because I always get excited and want to sing my full extent.” “I did a lot of co-writing for the album and that was a very hard thing for me to do because my original music is very personal to me, so to be able to share that with someone was very difficult. And then there was also technical things, like I’ve never played to a click before so that was very hard to get into that headspace.” – Read more at 27East.com

Jam Sessions: Women of the Scene. Elise Testone Talks Idol, Influences, and The Industry – My take away is that no matter what you do, keep a balance in your life and enjoy every moment of it. My feelings on Idol are that I’m really happy that I did it, but sometimes I don’t know if it would have changed anything. Who you are and what you do is never going to change. Idol, to me, was like a test. It was a good test. A test of how well you can do under pressure; how far can you go; how well you work together as a team. I feel I learned so much about working with other people, taking constructive criticism and figuring out what I truly believe. With all that being thrown at me, staying grounded. Also, meeting Stevie Nicks was amazing. I got to sing with her. It was really cool. – Read more at ShowtheShow.com

‘Voice’ contestant Jake Worthington to play Schroeder Hall – “I look forward to cutting records in a more traditional style of country music singing,” he said. “In country music, that’s what you have. You got people when they sing, it starts to make you drop down and make you want to have a beer or cry or hug your woman or your kids.” But the style Worthington loves is not all about melancholy. It’s also about having a rooting-tooting good time, he said. “Or you’ll have a country singer who gets you up and going and makes you want to party,” he said. “That’s what’s cool about country music.” – Read more at Victoria Advocate.com

Brian Justin Crum Hopes to ‘Inspire the LGBT Youth’ After Wowing America’s Got Talent Judges with His Powerful Voice – “For me, it’s really important to inspire the LGBT youth – for them to know that we are a very bullied and a very misunderstood community, but not only does it get better, it gets amazing,” Crum tells PEOPLE. “If you work hard enough, you can have whatever you want and more. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m in a place finally where all my dreams are coming true because I stuck with it.” During his audition, the 28-year-old admitted that he “had a lot of hard times” when he was growing up, and wants to be an example for the younger generation. – Read more at People.com

Will.i.am throws shade at The Voice, admitting The X Factor was ‘more successful’ because of Simon Cowell – The Black Eyed Peas star, 41 says it’s entirely down to the man at the top – Simon Cowell. Will told Q magazine: “OK, I can say it now – before I couldn’t, and now I can. The singing shows that have been successful are ‘The X Factor ‘ and ‘Pop Idol’. Who’s the consistent person working on those shows? Simon Cowell. “Here’s a person that ran a record label that is attached to TV shows – of course someone is going to turn into a f***ing star. – Read more at Mirror.co.UK

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