Phil Wickham

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Phil Wickham
Phil Wickham in 2008
Phil Wickham in 2008
Background information
Birth namePhilip David Wickham[1]
Born (1984-04-05) April 5, 1984 (age 37)
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresCCM[2] worship music[3]
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2002–present[3]
Associated actsEvan Wickham, Pete Kipley

Philip David Wickham[1] (born April 5, 1984)[4][5] is a Contemporary Christian musician, singer and songwriter from San Diego, California. Wickham has released nine albums: Give You My World in 2003, a self-titled album in 2006, Cannons in 2007, Singalong in 2008, Heaven & Earth in 2009,[3] Response in 2011, Singalong 2 in 2012, The Ascension in 2013, Sing-A-Long 3 in 2015, Children of God in 2016 and Living Hope in 2018.[6] He has also led worship at Soul Survivor.[7] His critically acclaimed single "This is Amazing Grace" became RIAA certified Platinum and topped the 2014 year-end Christian Airplay chart.[8]


Early years[edit]

Wickham was raised in a Christian home, the second of three children (brother Evan, sister Jillian), and began leading worship for his youth group at 13 years old. In 2002, he graduated from Calvary Christian School in Vista, California. Wickham's father is currently a worship leader, and both of his parents were at one time members of Jesus movement band Parable. His older brother, Evan Wickham, is also a musician, who used to serve at Calvary Chapel in Vista and later became pastor of Park Hill Church in San Diego, California.[9][10] His parents, John and Lisa (née Irwin), encouraged Wickham to learn popular praise songs and to write his own. Wickham began his full-time music career by touring California and recording his first album.


After releasing his first album, Give You My World, in 2003,[3] Wickham signed with Simple Records. Wickham released his self-titled label debut in 2006.[3][11] Wickham's second release with Simple/INO Records, Cannons, was released in 2007.[3] Cannons was partly inspired by cannon explosions and C. S. Lewis' book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia series. Wickham stated in an interview with that the album is "about how the universe is exploding with the glory of God, and how we are compelled to join in with its song."[5] The 10th track from Cannons, "Jesus Lord of Heaven",[12] has been translated into seven different languages.[5] On August 8, 2008, Wickham released a live worship album, Singalong, recorded at Solid Rock Church in Portland, Oregon, with 3,000 present.[13] The album was released as a free download, only available from his website, and received over 8,000 downloads within a week of being released. After the release of Singalong, his self-titled album hit No. 25 on iTunes Store Top Christian Albums sales, two years after its initial release.[14]

Heaven & Earth, Wickham's third studio album, was released on November 17, 2009.[15] Wickham's Christmas album Songs for Christmas was released as a digital download available on his website on October 29, 2010.[16] Wickham's fourth full-length studio album, Response, was released on October 4, 2011.[17] On October 30, 2012, Phil Wickham released his second live acoustic album, Singalong 2.[18] The Ascension, Wickham's fifth studio album, was released on September 24, 2013.[19] The album peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard 200, making it Wickham's highest charting album on the chart.[20] The lead single off of this album, "This is Amazing Grace", became No. 1 on the 2014 year-end Christian Airplay Songs chart.[21]

In February 2016, Wickham released the first single, "Your Love Awakens Me", from his album, Children of God, which was released later that year. Living Hope, Wickham's seventh full-length studio project, was released in August 2018.[22] The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, his first album to do so.[23]


Wickham visits churches across the world to play his music.[24] From late 2006 to early 2007, he went on the "Coming Up to Breathe" tour with MercyMe and Audio Adrenaline.[25]

In late 2007, he went on the Remedy tour with the David Crowder Band and The Myriad.[26]

In the mid-2010s, Wickham was one of the worship leaders present at Soul Survivor week C and Momentum Festival in the UK.[7]


Year Title
2003 Give You My World
2006 Phil Wickham
2007 Cannons
2009 Heaven & Earth
2011 Response
2013 The Ascension
2016 Children of God
2018 Living Hope
2019 Christmas
2021 Hymn of Heaven


GMA Dove Awards

Year Nominee Award Result
2015 "This Is Amazing Grace" Song of the Year Nominated
"This Is Amazing Grace" Worship Song of the Year Nominated
Himself Songwriter of the Year (Artist) Nominated
2019 "Living Hope" Song of the Year Nominated
"Living Hope" Worship Song of the Year Nominated
"Living Hope" Worship Recorded Song of the Year Won
Living Hope Worship Album of the Year Nominated

Personal life[edit]

Wickham had surgery to remove a polyp from folds of his vocal cords on April 28, 2014, after which he was prescribed a month of silence to allow the surgical site to heal.[27] He was uncertain that he would be able to sing again, leading to identity issues and self-doubt. His spiritual revelation during these times was the basis for his 2016 album Children of God.[28]


  1. ^ a b Wickham, Philip David. "Songwriter/Composer: WICKHAM PHILIP DAVID". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved May 28, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Adriana Janovich. "Creation Fest much more than music". Yakima Herald-Republic. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f " Phil Wickham Discography, Phil Wickham Lyrics". Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  4. ^ "My Happy Birthday". Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Jackie A. Chapman. "Phil Wickham, 01/08 - Interviews". Christianity Today.
  6. ^ "Phil Wickham Discography, Phil Wickham Lyrics |". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 29, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Gold & Platium - RIAA".
  9. ^ "Park Hill — A Jesus Church Network".
  10. ^ "Evan Wickham Artist Profile | Biography And Discography | NewReleaseToday". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Russ Breimeir. "Phil Wickham - Phil Wickham". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  12. ^ David Goodman. " Phil Wickham, "Cannons" review". Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  13. ^ Thomason, Shay (October 3, 2008). "Phil Wickham – Singalong". evade the noise. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Phil Wickham's Live Worship Album Receives Over 8,000 Downloads". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  15. ^ "Heaven & Earth (Bonus Track Version) by Phil Wickham | CD Reviews And Information | NewReleaseToday". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Phil Wickham, "Songs For Christmas" Review". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Phil Wickham, "Response" Review". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Phil Wickham, "Singalong 2" Review". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  19. ^ " Phil Wickham, "The Ascension" Review". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Phil Wickham Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Christian Airplay Songs - Year-End". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  22. ^ PSG, 360. "Phil Wickham's 'Worship Album of the Year' 'Living Hope' hits shelves". Retrieved August 13, 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "Phil Wickham Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  24. ^ "Tour Dates". Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  25. ^ John DiBiase (March 31, 2007). "The JfH Concert Reviews and Dates: Audio Adrenaline, Aaron Shust The Coming Up To Breathe Tour Spring 2007". JesusFreakHideout. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  26. ^ Isabel G. (November 28, 2007). "Interview - Phil Wickham". Christian Today. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  27. ^ Wickham, Phil (May 18, 2014). "I HAD SURGERY". Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  28. ^ " - Home".

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