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.