The Singing Pilgrim

August 13, 1834, Chautauqua County, New York.

June 25, 1895, Delaware, Ohio.

Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia, New York.


Phillips began teaching singing school at age 19. In 1860, he formed a partnership in Cincinnati, Ohio, with William Sumner & Company, under the firm 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.

Phillips’ other books include:

  1. Ashamed to Be a Christian?
  1. Bettendorf
  2. Blind Bartimeus
  3. Eternity Is Drawing Nigh
  4. Gary
  5. Home of the Soul
  6. I Am Sweeping Thro’ the Gate
  7. Lord Will Provide, The
  8. Mississauga
  9. Nearer My Home
  10. Oh, What Are You Going to Do?
  11. Our Country
  12. Singing for Jesus
  13. Stand Like the Brave
  14. Song of Salvation