Phil Wickham Biography
Philip was raised in a Christian home, the second of three children (brother Evan Wickham, sister Jillian Wickham), and after feeling the need to "make his faith his own" he began leading worship for his youth group at 13 years of age. He graduated from Calvary Christian School in Vista, California. Wickham's father is currently a worship leader, and both of his parents were at one time members of Jesus movement band Parable. His older brother Evan Wickham is also a musician who used to serve at Calvary Chapel in Vista, and now currently serves at A Jesus Church-Westside, Portland, OR. His parents, John and Lisa (née, Irwin), encouraged Wickham to learn popular praise songs and to write his own. Wickham began his full-time music career by touring California and recording his first album. On November 2, 2008, Wickham married his longtime girlfriend, Mallory Plotnik. They have three daughters.
After releasing his first album, Give You My World in 2003, Wickham signed with Simple Records. Wickham released his self-titled label debut in 2006. Wickham's second release with Simple/INO Records, Cannons, was released in 2007. Cannons was partly inspired by cannon explosions and C.S. Lewis's book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia series. Wickham stated in an interview with ChristianityToday.com that the album is "about how the universe is exploding with the glory of God, and how we are compelled to join in with its song." The 10th track from Cannons, "Jesus Lord of Heaven", has been translated into seven different languages.On August 8, 2008 Wickham released a live worship album titled Singalong, recorded at Solid Rock Church Portland, Oregon with 3000 fans present. The album was released as a free download, only available from his website, and received over 8,000 downloads within a week of being released. After the release of his singalong album, his self-titled was No. 25 on iTunes Store Top Christian Albums sales, two years after its initial release. On October 30, 2012, Phil Wickham released his second live acoustic album, Singalong 2.
Heaven and Earth, was released on November 17.
Wickham's Christmas album Songs for Christmas was released as a digital download only available on his website on October 29, 2010.Response was released on October 4, 2011 while The Ascension was released on September 24, 2013
In February 2016, Wickham released the first single, "Your Love Awakens Me", from his album, Children of God, which is due to be released in April of the same year.