Phil Madeira is an American songwriter, producer, musician and singer from Nashville, Tennessee. He was raised in Barrington, Rhode Island and attended Taylor University, which he graduated from in 1975.
In 2008, Emmylou Harris invited Phil to join her band "The Red Dirt Boys", bringing him into a fraternity of musicians that Harris is noted for bringing together. This group of players includes James Burton, Buddy Miller, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Tony Brown, Al Perkins, and many others.
His songs have been recorded by Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Keb' Mo', Garth Brooks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Matraca Berg, and other high profile artists. His co-writing partners include Matraca Berg, Kim Carnes, Leslie Satcher, Merrill Farnsworth, Shelly Colvin, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy, Jeff Hanna, Julie Adkison, John Hartley, Lynn Nichols, and The Warren Brothers.
Known for his work with acclaimed Buddy Miller, Madeira has appeared with Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Boz Skaggs, and Patty Griffin.
He has recorded 3 solo albums of material, all critically acclaimed. Well-respected in Nashville's inner sanctum of musicians and songwriters, Madeira received the Nashville Music Award (Nammy) for Best Keyboardist in 2000. He also received a Humanitarian award from ASCAP in 1986 for his raising consciousness and money for the Ethiopian hunger crisis. In 2009, Phil received the Dove Award for "Recorded Country Song of the Year" from the Gospel Music Association, for his song "I Wish", co-written with Cindy Morgan.
Madeira is a multi-instrumentalist, playing Hammond B-3 organ, harmonica, guitar, lap steel guitar, accordion, Dobro, percussion and other instruments on projects by artists like Garth Brooks, Steven Curtis Chapman, Ashley Cleveland, Amy Grant, Phil Keaggy, Lost Dogs, Buddy Miller, Julie Miller, Rich Mullins, The Neville Brothers, Owen Temple, Sixpence None the Richer, Freddie Stevenson, Steve Taylor, Terry Scott Taylor, the Vigilantes of Love, Alison Krauss, Vanessa Williams, Newsboys, and Keb' Mo'.
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