Phil Vassar - Judge
Singer-songwriter Phil Vassar has been enjoying the success of his third Arista Nashville album, Shaken Not Stirred. The acclaimed album boasts the single "In A Real Love," which spent two weeks atop the country music charts and Vassarís latest single, "I'll Take That As A Yes (The Hot Tub Song)," is climbing up the charts. Vassarís tour schedule keeps him out on the road presenting his energetic performances that has earned fan support and widespread critical acclaim.
Taking a different approach in the studio for this album, Vassarís used his own band on much of the record rather than the familiar Nashville studio players. The aim was to tap his strength as a vocalist and musician by recreating the sound of his performances that have helped this native Virginian develop a reputation as a potent live performer.
Vassar began his career performing his growing repertoire of original songs at his Nashville club-restaurant. Before embarking on his solo career, which has produced more than half a dozen Top ten hits (including his break out #1 single "Just Another Day In Paradise"), Vassar penned hits for a number of top artists including Tim McGraw ("My Next Thirty Years"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"), and Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye,"). Englebert Humperdinck also recorded "Once in a While," a composition that Vassar penned in the beginning of his career with a fellow bartender. He has earned numerous songwriting awards as well as new artist distinctions from ACM, CMA, R&R, and Gavin.
Official website: www.philvassar.com