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Phil Circle

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Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.
Phil is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar. He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own. Add to this his often flawless and always energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as "Singer/Songwriter."
Phil's debut release in the 90s was hailed by In The Mix as "just what the doctor ordered" and they pointed out that his music "defies rock, jazz and blues" saying his songs were "from the master class." 20 years later, Illinois Entertainer referred to his latest full band effort as proof that Phil is "one of our town's most unique voices."
In 2017, Phil Circle published his book, The Outback Musician's Survival Guide: One Guy's Story of Surviving as an Independent Musician. It won him critical acclaim and a Readers' Favorite Book Award. That same year, his song "What I Mean" was listed as the "Best of 2017." In 2019 and 2020, Circle's coaching studio, Phil Circle Music, was listed among the Top Music Schools in the Chicago area. Also in 2019, his album "Baritones" was on several "Best of 2019" lists.

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