Glen Phillips Of Toad The Wet Sprocket

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Glen Phillips started his first band, Toad The Wet Sprocket in Santa Barbara at age 15. It was that group's third album — the jangling, orchestral Fear — that truly broke the group, garnering heavy radio play with the singles "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean." After three years away from the recording studio, Toad returned to the mainstream with Dulcinea, which again found one of its singles, "Fall Down," in heavy radio rotation. After six albums and a substantial string of hits, the group disbanded in 1998.�� Phillips began touring as a solo act after Toad the Wet Sprocket's demise, and has released 5 solo records and two EPs, collaborated on two projects (Mutual Admiration Society and Works Progress Administration), released an EP with Plover (with Neilson Hubbard and Garrison Starr) and an album as RemoteTreeChildren (with Portland's John Askew).

In 2006, while supporting the Mr Lemons album, he also toured North American with a reunited Toad the Wet Sprocket. Toad has toured off and on since that time, and in 2011 played 70 shows and decided to begin writing for a new album, to be released late in 2012. Glen is currently at home except for a long weekend of shows each month, and is writing songs for Toad as well as future solo releases. He still lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and three daughters.

Jonathan Kingham must be doing something right. In his first few years on the scene, he quickly developed into a seasoned performer while sharing the stage with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Michael McDdonald, Doug Stone, Vanessa Carlton, and Jonatha Brooke. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and currently plays keyboard and guitar for the rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket.

But it’s not only his live performances that are winning him fans and accolades. He took 1st place honors in the national Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest, the Unisong International Song Contest, as well as placing two years in a row in the top five of the John Lennon Song Contest. He brought home the 1st place award in the USA Songwriting competition in the folk category as well as the overall grand prize out of a worldwide field of 33,000 entries and was awarded first place in the gospel category of the ISC Songwriting Contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and the WB Network’s hit show “Felicity.”

Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording, producing and conducting songwriting residencies.

On his fourth independent album “Smooth Out the Lines”, lush string arrangements, tasteful electric guitars and understated vocals meld together in a beautiful folk/pop offering that support the mature songwriting that has won Kingham international acclaim. With a smooth blend of folk, pop, country and jazz, Kingham comes armed with a quick freestyle wit, and has become a favorite on the circuit.

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