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Woods Charter School graduate making moves toward album

Posted Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Chapel Hill, NC— 2011 Woods Charter School graduate Matt Phillips always dreamed of making an album. He’s on the right path. With an EP recorded and produced from Manifold, 300 shows with his band Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, and multiple music competition wins— he is closer than most. He’s also 20.

“Ultimately, the success or failure of this project depends on community support. But, because of the rich music scene in the Triangle and the strength of smaller communities like Woods, we’re confident that we’re going to be able to raise the money to make it happen,” said Matt Phillips.

Like most dreams, they come at a cost. The band launched a kickstarter, a platform to fund creative projects, in late February. They must raise $12,021 by April 20. They have already been featured as a staff pick on Kickstarter.

8-hour practices through late March will lead to recording in early April. All songs are composed and arranged by Phillips. The album is due in summer 2013 and will be produced by Ian Schreier from Manifold Recording where Phillips interned after high school.

Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic is a five-member, instrumentally flexible band that has a jazzy feel with soulful vocals and big-band era horn solos. The music is a mix of pop, jazz, blues, funk and folk. Phillips is the lead vocalist and plays the guitar, piano and harmonica—depending on the song.

“We’ve spent our entire career trying to find a way to make a studio-quality full length album. This is ‘it’ for me. And, though it’s been a long road to this point, I couldn’t be happier about the production choices we made,” Phillips said.

When Phillips is not playing with his band, he teaches an enrichment class and substitutes for teachers at Woods Charter and gives private lessons.

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