Phil Wickham

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Phil Wickham
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Phil Wickham in 2008
Background information
Birth name Philip David Wickham[1]
Born (1984-04-05) April 5, 1984 (age 34)
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres CCM[2] Britpop[3] worship music[4]
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2002–present[4]
Labels Simple/INO
Associated acts Evan Wickham, Pete Kipley

Philip David Wickham[1] (born April 5, 1984)[5][6] 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,[4] Response in 2011, and Singalong 2 in 2012, The Ascension in 2013, Sing-A-Long 3 in 2015, and Children of God in 2016. He has also led worship at Soul Survivor.[7]


Early years[edit]

Philip was raised in a Christian home, the second of three children (brother Evan, sister Jillian), and after feeling the need to "make his faith his own" he began leading worship for his youth group at 13 years of age. He graduated from Calvary Christian School in Vista, California in 2002. 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 now currently pastors Park Hill Church in San Diego, California.[citation needed] 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,[4] Wickham signed with Simple Records. Wickham released his self-titled label debut in 2006.[4][8] Wickham's second release with Simple/INO Records, Cannons, was released in 2007.[4] Cannons was partly inspired by cannon explosions and C.S. Lewis's 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."[6] The 10th track from Cannons, "Jesus Lord of Heaven",[9] has been translated into seven different languages.[6] On August 8, 2008 Wickham released a live worship album titled Singalong, recorded at Solid Rock Church Portland, Oregon with 3000 fans present. 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 his singalong album, his self-titled was No. 25 on iTunes Store Top Christian Albums sales, two years after its initial release.[10] On October 30, 2012, Phil Wickham released his second live acoustic album, Singalong 2.[citation needed]

Heaven and Earth, was released on November 17.[citation needed]

Wickham's Christmas album Songs for Christmas was released as a digital download only available on his website on October 29, 2010.[citation needed] Response was released on October 4, 2011[citation needed] while The Ascension was released on September 24, 2013.[citation needed]

In February 2016, Wickham released the first single, "Your Love Awakens Me", from his album, Children of God, which was later released that year.

Living Hope is scheduled to be released in August 2018. Two songs from the album have been released since its announcement: "Living Hope" and "Till I Found You".[11]


Wickham visits churches across the world to play his music.[12] From late 2006 to early 2007, he went on the "Coming Up to Breathe" tour with MercyMe and Audio Adrenaline.[13]

In late 2007, he went on the Remedy tour with the David Crowder Band and The Myriad.[14]

In the mid-2010, Phil 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
2015 Sing-A-Long 3
2016 Children of God

Personal life[edit]

On November 2, 2008, Wickham married his longtime girlfriend, and they have three daughters and one son.[citation needed]

Wickham had surgery to remove a polyp from folds of his vocal cords on April 28, 2014, following which he was prescribed a month of silence to allow the surgical site to heal.[15]


  1. ^ a b Wickham, Philip David. "Songwriter/Composer: WICKHAM PHILIP DAVID". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Adriana Janovich. "Creation Fest much more than music". Yakima Herald-Republic. Retrieved October 1, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Russ Breimeier. "Phil Wickham - Cannons". Christianity Today. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f " Phil Wickham Discography, Phil Wickham Lyrics". Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  5. ^ "My Happy Birthday". Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c Jackie A. Chapman. "Phil Wickham, 01/08 - Interviews". Christianity Today. 
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 29, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Russ Breimeir. "Phil Wickham - Phil Wickham". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  9. ^ David Goodman. " Phil Wickham, "Cannons" review". Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Phil Wickham's Live Worship Album Receives Over 8,000 Downloads". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  11. ^ Longs, Herb. "Phil Wickham Delivers New Song "Till I Found You"". Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Tour Dates". Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  13. ^ John DiBiase. "The JfH Concert Reviews and Dates: Audio Adrenaline, Aaron Shust The Coming Up To Breathe Tour Spring 2007". Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Interview - Phil Wickham". Christian Today. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  15. ^ "I HAD SURGERY". Retrieved November 13, 2016. 

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