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Phil Madeira (born 1952) is an American songwriter, producer, musician and singer. He was raised in Barrington, Rhode Island and attended Taylor University, which he graduated from in 1975. His songs have been recorded by The Civil Wars, Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Keb' Mo', Garth Brooks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Cindy Morgan, Shawn Mullins, The North Mississippi Allstars, and others. His co-writing partners include Will Kimbrough, Matraca Berg, Chuck Cannon, Cindy Morgan, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy, Keb' Mo', and Emmylou Harris. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known for his work with Buddy Miller, Madeira has appeared with Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Boz Scaggs, and Patty Griffin. He has recorded three solo albums of material. Madeira received the Nashville Music Award (Nammy) for Best Keyboardist in 2000. He also received a Humanitarian award from ASCAP in 1986 for his raising consciousness and money for the Ethiopian hunger crisis. In 2009, Phil received the Dove Award for "Recorded Country Song of the Year" from the Gospel Music Association, for his song "I Wish", co-written with Cindy Morgan.
Madeira is a multi-instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, drums, guitar, lap steel guitar, accordion, Dobro, percussion and other instruments on projects by artists like Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Toby Keith, Buddy Miller, Julie Miller, The Neville Brothers, Sixpence None the Richer, Mavis Staples, Vanessa Williams, Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke, and Keb' Mo'.
From 1976 to 1978, Madeira was a member of the Phil Keaggy Band, with Lynn Nichols, Terry Andersen and Dan Cunningham. The band released one album together, entitled Emerging. The Ithaca, NY-based band broke up in 1978, and Madeira relocated to Nashville in 1983, where he worked as a sideman and a songwriter, making solo records independently.
In 2012, Madeira provided the musical backdrop for Merrill Farnsworth's theatrical piece "Jezebel's Got The Blues... and Other Works of Imagination", in which the guitar serves as part of the dramatic conversation. This piece has been performed in Nashville and New York City, where Madeira cohort David Mansfield filled his role.
In 2012, Phil produced a collection of Americana Musicians covering Paul McCartney songs on "Let Us In: Americana", a benefit for The Women and Cancer Fund. The roster of this project is Buddy Miller, Teddy Thompson, Sam Bush, Lee Ann Womack, Ollabelle, Ed Snodderly, Holly Williams, Matraca Berg, The Wood Brothers, Will Hoge, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Jim Lauderdale, Ketch Secor, and The McCrary Sisters.
In early 2012, Madeira completed production on "Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us" which features Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Mat Kearney, Dan Tyminski, Cindy Morgan, John Scofield, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buddy Miller, and Shawn Mullins, North Mississippi Allstars, Amy Stroup,and Phil Madeira. Receiving strong reviews, "Mercyland" represents Madeira's most important work to date.
Mid 2013, Phil released his first solo CD in 15 years- "PM", featuring songs written with Matraca Berg, Gordon Kennedy, Merrill Farnsworth, and others, and including musicians David Mansfield (fiddle, mandolin), Byron House (bass), Bryan Owings and Brady Blade (drums), and Jim Hoke (steel).
Jericho Books released Phil's first book, "God on the Rocks: Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith" in June 2013.
Late summer 2013, Phil and occasional production partner Lynn Nichols produced the major label debut of Pawnshop Kings, a brother duo from Southern California. Collectively known as Madeira*Nichols, the pair discovered and produced The Band Perry.
2014 marked the release of Humming People's "City of Lost Men", produced in Norway by Madeira, and scheduled for US release later in 2014. Madeira's song "From This Valley" (written with and recorded by The Civil Wars) won the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo in 2014.
Summer 2014, Madeira and Nichols produced Rachael Davis's "Bandbox Jubilee".
Madeira commenced work on a followup to his Mercyland project in Summer 2014; the project "Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Vol II" was released on Mercyland Records in 2016. It features Emmylou Harris, The Lone Bellow, Humming People, John Scofield, The McCrary Sisters, Sugar & The Hi Lows, The Wood Brothers, and several other artists.
In late 2015, Madeira finished two solo projects, "Motorcycle" and "Soul Of A Man". "Motorcycle" features the singer songwriter side of Phil, whereas "Soul Of A Man" reveals his blues roots. The projects feature guests including Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Michael Roe, Phil Keaggy, Christy Sutherland, David Mansfield, and Al Perkins.
In 2016, Phil produced his second record with the Humming People in Oslo, Norway. He also began a production relationship with Forlorn Strangers by producing their first full-length record. Other projects in 2016 include the record by The Red Dirt Boys, Emmylou's backing band, of which he is a member; and protest folkie Pete Kronowit.
Madeira produced Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard featuring Red Dirt Boys, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, The North Mississippi Allstars, Amy Speace, Willie Sugarcapps, and others. It was released in 2017.
2017, Madeira and the other members of The Red Dirt Boys joined Emmylou Harris once again for a tour with John Mellencamp.
After some engagements in Rhode Island in 2016, Madeira began writing for a project about his home state. This record is called "Providence" and features Phil on piano and vocals, Chris Donohue on upright bass, and Bryan Owings on drums. Recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium, the jazz/blues/Americana outing includes guest guitarists Will Kimbrough, James Hollihan, and John Scofield. The record was released April 6, 2018.
Phil conducts The Mercyland Songwriter Workshops semi-annually in the mountains of North Carolina, and on the beach in Florida.
Phil uses many instruments, mostly vintage- including Gibson, Martin, Fender Guitars; Ludwig drums, Hohner accordions, Blueridge acoustic guitars, and many more. He also uses Jodi Head guitar straps.