Born: August 13, 1834, Chautauqua County, New York.
Died: June 25, 1895, Delaware, Ohio.
Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia, New York.
Philip was the son of Sawyer Phillips and Janie Parker, and husband of Olive Mary
Phillips began teaching singing school at age 19. In 1860, he formed a partnership with William Sumner in Cincinnati, Ohio, under the name of Philip Phillips & Company, to sell pianos, organs, and Sunday school songbooks
Phillips frequently introduced himself in a town by putting a melodeon in a vehicle, parking on a prominent street corner, and begin to sing and play. His marvelous voice drew large crowds.
In 1875, Phillips went on a tour of Australia, conducting over one hundred song services. He returned to New York two years later, by way of Sri Lanka, India, Japan, Jerusalem, Egypt, Italy, Europe, and England. He wrote Round the World with Descriptive Songs about the experience.