Phillip Phillips of 'American Idol' on writing first album - Hear preview
Phillip Phillips already broke a record with his debut single and now the season 11 "American Idol" winner is preparing to release his first album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," later this month.
The 22-year-old singer and guitarist had just three weeks to record the album after getting out of the "Idols Live Tour" and spent up to 15 hours a day in the studio to get it done in time for its release on November 19.
"From first cutting acoustic guitars to last week, it was exactly three weeks," Phillips told the Hollywood Reporter. "Like I said, I was pressured on time, but it kind of helped the sound. We didn't overanalyze things or overproduce anything; we kept it raw."
The name of the album comes from a line in the first song, "Man on the Moon" and Phillips recorded it at Quad Studios in New York City.
Phillips wrote or co-wrote nearly all of the songs on "The World From the Side of the Moon" and collaborated with producer Gregg Wattenberg, songwriters Greg Holden, Drew Pearson and David Ryan Harris and he also worked with his brother-in-law Ben Neil and his girlfriend, Hannah Blackwell.
"She helped me with a song called 'Take Me Away,'" Phillips told the Reporter of the song, which was inspired by a poem Blackwell wrote about him. "It's not on the core album but a bonus for the Target album."
Phillips' debut single, "Home," debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 278,000 downloads in its first week, making it the biggest digital sales week for any "Idol" winner's coronation song. It has since gone double platinum and was used when the 2012 US Olympics Women's Gymnastics team made their London debut.
Phillips was crowned the winner of "American Idol" in May and last month he made his first comeback performance at the July Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., after undergoing kidney surgery. Phillips had surgery on June 6 to remove kidney stones that were too large to pass. The 21-year-old had undergone eight similar procedures during his time on "American Idol."
"My health is awesome," Phillips told Yahoo! of his recovery. "I couldn't ask for anything better. The doctors did an awesome job. I still have to watch what I eat, to help prevent problems from happening again, and I have to take a few medications, but I'm doing really good."
Phillips wrapped the summer "American Idol" tour on September 11. He debuted the music video for his certified gold single, "Home," on August 2. The video was shot over the course of three days while the musician was on the summer tour.
Listen to a preview of the 12 tracks on Phillip Phillips' "The World From the Side of the Moon" below.