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Reports of rock and roll’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, and Philip Sayce aims to keep it that way. On his new album Spirit Rising, Sayce boldly lets his freak flag fly, reaffirming his status as one of the best electric guitarists on the planet right now, but also demonstrating that he’s got a lot to say.
Those ideas have been building for a while now, as Spirit Rising marks Sayce’s first studio effort since 2015’s Influence, an album that found he and famed producer Dave Cobb brilliantly refurbishing a wide range of obscure rock nuggets. With Influence bringing Sayce to the attention of many new listeners, Spirit Rising shows the full breadth of his talents, and how much they have evolved.
- Signed to Hypnotic/MCA after Sayce’s first showcase in Toronto fresh out of highschool to release Philip Sayce Group album with international accolades in Billboard and Guitar Player magazine
- Invited by musical icon and multi-platinum award winning musician, Jeff Healey, to record and tour the world for four years, including performances at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and Pori Jazz Festival.
- Performance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden and highlighted as one of the top performers of the festival by Premier Guitar Magazine
- Invited to record and tour with Uncle Kracker while “Drift Away” was #1 for 28 weeks in America. Sayce can be heard on the Lava/Atlantic album No Stranger To Shame.
- Producer John Shanks introduces Sayce to Melissa Etheridge. Sayce goes on to collaborate with Etheridge for the next four years, joining her band and touring the world, recording in the studio. Philip can be heard on Etheridge’s “Lucky Live”, “Greatest Hits”, “The Awakening”, and on the Oscar winning song, “I Need To Wake Up”.
- Performed the Oscar winning song, “I Need To Wake Up” to an audience of 1 Billion people at the Academy Awards. The studio recording, which Sayce is featured on, can be heard in Al Gore’s award-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth”.
- Performance at The Grammys with Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone honoring Janis Joplin. Performance of “Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart” topped #1 on iTunes in Canada and the U.S.
- Performed “God Bless America” at the Democratic National Convention with Melissa Etheridge during Barack Obama’s rise to presidency.