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Life & Work with Phillip-Michael Scales

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phillip-Michael Scales. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started in professional musical theatre as a kid and my aunt bought me my first guitar. She was really good friends with BB king and I had no clue what that really meant. Then as I got older, I had an English teacher that said “A great writer can make their reader identify with anyone” and it set me on a path to become a songwriter. I spent pretty much the rest of high school (and I spose my life) writing and recording music. I was one of those who found their calling pretty early in life. However, I steered clear of the blues (I found out what that connection meant) and went the rock n roll and folk route with my music. After High School, I went to Berklee in Boston and fronted my own indie bands. Finally, after a decade in Chicago, I moved to Nashville and it felt like everything came together. I won second place in Music City Mayhem, won a spot on the Rock Boat, and signed my first record deal with a label out of Paris France. I am now Promoting my new album Sinner-Songwriter. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The road hasn’t been smooth but rough seas make better sailors. I came up in a time where the music industry was in flux. It hadn’t landed on Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube yet so it felt like the game was changing daily. I think it was also tough to find my voice and where I felt comfortable. Once I settled into my sound “Dive Bar Soul” it became easier to present myself. It’s still not easy an easy road but I wouldn’t change it for the world! 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Singer-Songwriter and I specialize in writing songs that challenge myself as well as my audience. I might be known for making the connections in my live shows but I’m most proud of getting where I am from my own cunning. I’ve stumbled and fallen so much but I stuck with it and have made a living connecting with people through my music and I couldn’t be more proud. 

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
I meditate every day. I think the best app for songwriting is airplane mode! I like listening to The Working Songwriter, Bodega Boys, WTF with Marc Maron and I have my own podcast called “The Company You Keep” 

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