One of the hardest working, fun, show stopping and down to earth country artists, Phil Vassar has earned an accolade that is very special and meaningful in his long standing career. The Virginia native was honored by his home state during a performance at The Birchmere, being inducted into the Virginia Musical Hall of Fame.
Phil joins an impressive list of previous inductees including June Carter Cash, Pearl Bailey, Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Bruce Hornsby, The Statler Brothers, Ralph Stanley and most recently Jimmy Fortune. The Williamsburg-based Virginia Musical Museum will host the induction ceremony to the Virginia Musical Hall of Fame later this year and will include a permanent exhibit on Phil.
“It's a real honor,” states Phil. “Virginia's my home and my heritage. It starts where you come from, and I think that's such a part of your music and what you are and who you are.”
Not only have his songs made an impact, but Phil makes regular contributions to charities in Virginia. He has raised more than $700,000 in the past nine years for The Miller Home of Lynchburg through acoustic concerts and charity golf tournaments.
I am proud to say that Phil is not only someone who never falters when called upon, but has become a friend who so rightfully deserves this prestigious honor. Even with his extensive touring, charity work and song writing his energy and love for what he does and brings to others through his music knows no bounds. When you leave a Phil Vassar show you are walking away with joy, exhaustion from being pulled into every hit, and always wondering, "Where is the next show, and can I get there."
Phil will hit the road this Christmas with Lonestar for "The Not So Silent Night Tour." To celebrate, they released their Christmas single, “Not So Silent Night,” on Nov. 2 with a music video to follow. The Christmas tour and single release will support The Salvation Army. For tour info go to https://www.philvassar.com
Now the next step is Country Music Hall of Fame and the Music City Walk of Fame both in Nashville. Oh and an invite to be a Grand Ole Opry member to round it off. His fans have goals, and know it's a matter of time. Congratulations Phil.