‘Idol’ winner, singer/songwriter headlines at Benedictine

February 8, 2013

Phillip-Phillips-photo-12Lisle, Illinois ~ National recording artist and “American Idol” season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will take to the stage at “BenBash 2013” in Benedictine University’s Dan and Ada Rice Center at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

This is a perfect opportunity for Phillip Phillips fans, and anyone looking to hear a great singer/songwriter, to see him perform live in an informal setting at a reasonable price.

Since his “American Idol” appearance, the 22-year-old from Leesburg, Ga., has gone on to produce the most successful coronation song of any “American Idol” winner with his hit single “Home,” which has sold more than 3.4 million copies.

The track has since gone triple platinum and was used as the soundtrack for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Women’s Gymnastics team and more recently has become the unofficial theme song for Hurricane Sandy relief.

His debut album, “The World From the Side of the Moon,” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart and has already reached gold status.

Phillips started making music when he was 14, and honed his talent playing with a karaoke machine. He soon found himself mastering riffs from classic rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.”

With encouragement from his family and friends, Phillips took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for “American Idol,” where he tore through powerful, vocally-demanding songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the pre-party sponsored by 103.5 KISS-FM. Pre-sale tickets are two for $50 and four for $100 and will go on sale February 13-14. Beginning February 15, general admission tickets will be $30.

Tickets can be purchased online at ben.edu/benbash and on the University’s campus in the Krasa Student Center, Room 055.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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