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Where Are They Now: Phil Vassar

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Phil Vassar has a had, literally, a roller coaster ride of a career in Country Music. In the late  ’90 he flew out of the gate as a songwriter, giving Jo Dee Messina the perfect song, “Bye Bye” to be her first number 1 hit. He penned hits for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Neal McCoy, Kenny Rogers and Diamond Rio as well, to solidify himself as a top Nashville tunesmith.

With that accomplished it was onto goal number 2: becoming a hit singer. He debuted with “Carlene” in 1999 and it hit number 5 on the charts. The followup, “Just Another Day In Paradise” went to the top spot. Vassar was a regular on the charts until 2007. After his release ” Love Is A Beautiful Thing” stopped at number 2, his career cooled.

That doesn’t mean Phil stopped writing, recording or touring. On the contrary, he kept up a fast pace. Every career needs a jump start, and this was Phil’s cue.

Phil now has his own label, Rodeowave, and a new producer. Ross Copperman is a fellow Virginian and a long time friend of Phil’s. It was a good fit for the new material and some old that he blew the dust off. “Love Is Alive” is the first release from Phill Vassar’s upcoming album. It’s co-written with Tom Douglas, ACM and CMA Song of the Year Award-winner for “The House That Built Me.

Country music’s piano man is back where he belongs. On the radio!

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