It’s been almost a year since Phillip Phillips released new music. The American Idol season 11 winner dropped “Love Like This” in April 2021 to celebrate his family and 10 years since his Idol win.
Now, the singer-songwriter has released “Dancing with Your Shadows” written by Phillip with Quinn Lewis and Todd Clark. But don’t allow the song’s uptempo sound fool you. The song’s lyrics are deep and very personal to the singer.
During an Instagram stories Q&A with fans, Phillip said, “I absolutely love this new song,” adding that “It’s an emotional one. It’s uptempo, but the lyrics are meaningful and the energy is there. For me anyways.”
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The singer describes “Dancing with Your Shadows as “a reflection of love in the past few years,” but, “not just between my wife and I, but through people that I love dearly in my life.”
“My wife was struggling with sickness and still is”
The inspiration for the song’s lyrics came from his wife, Hannah, who has been dealing with unspecified health issues. “My wife was struggling with sickness and still is,” Phillip explained, “And I’ve had to watch her go through it and knowing I can’t fix it.”
He continued, “I want to make things as perfect as I can for her, but me realizing I can’t is very tough for me. I came to realize I have to just be there for her. Sometimes not even saying anything. Just being there and go through it all with her.”
Phillip describes the song sounding unlike anything he’s written before. “The demo started out very PP style, but I changed the way I played it later on and it turned into this really cool uptempo song that has a deeper meaning to it.”
“This one means a lot to me,” Phillip wrote on Instagram. “and I appreciate all the love you guys are giving it already. Keep listening and stay tuned for more!”
Phillip also revealed that he plans to release an album in 2023. It would be his first since he dropped Collateral in 2018. It was his third and last album released through 19 Recordings/Interscope records.