Phil has been playing the guitar since the age
of seven. He grew up in the Silver Lake section of Belleville and
was first influenced by fellow Silver Laker Tommy DeVito, founder of
the 4 Seasons and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Phil's
musical career began in 1974 with Natural High. He became a member
of the group Sidewalk Symphony from 1980 to 1984. He took a break
from performing from 1984 to 2000. During this period Phil was
writing and doing studio work. He performed occasionally with his
long time friend and music mentor Sandy Renda, opening for such acts
as Patty Loveless, Charlie Daniels and Asleep at the Wheel.
He has shared the stage with Johnny Maestro
and the Brooklyn Bridge, Larry Chance and the Earls, Arlene Smith
and the Chantels, and The Dubs to name a few.
Some of Phil’s favorite guitarists are Duane Allman, Clapton, Dickey
Betts, Carlos Santana, Brian Setzer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James
Burton, and Vince Gill.
In 2000 Phil joined the Cameos until he formed Jersey Sound in 2005.