Georgia native Phillip Phillips, winner of the 11th season of American Idol, recently performed to a sold-out crowd of 1,500 as part of Berry College's third annual Exam Jam.
Phillips showcased songs from his debut album "The World from the Side of the Moon," along with original covers of popular songs. One of his most electric performances of the night was a unique medley of hip-hop hits, peppered with his soulful voice and stage presence. Phillips closed the concert with his hit-song "Home," which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured in the 2012 Summer Olympics coverage on NBC. "Home" is the best-selling single by an American Idol winner to date.
Originally from Leesburg, Ga., Phillips took time between sets to say how grateful he was to be performing in his native state.
"It's always great to be back in Georgia, but I figured it would be a little warmer," Phillips joked about the chilly weather that had many in the crowd bundled up.
The opening act was Gin Wigmore, an up-and-coming rocker from New Zealand. Wigmore energized the crowd with songs from her new album, "Gravel and Wine." Wigmore was hot off the promotion trail, as she recently performed her hit single "Black Sheep" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The concert was set up and organized by the Krannert Center Activities Board (KCAB) and dozens of volunteers. Exam Jam serves a cathartic purpose for students, as it helps them unwind before a week of chugging espresso and spending late nights in the library in preparation for final exams. Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Photographer Lauren Neumann (who got to hang out with Phillips!)