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Phillip Presswood

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The best kept secret in music


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Call From the West (2002)
The Winter Solstice [Maxi-Single] (2003)
The Secret of the Dawn (2006)


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After extensive soundtrack work, Irish-American vocalist Phillip Presswood is releasing his first publicly available solo album. "The Secret of the Dawn" will be available March 28, 2006 from Middlestar Music.

Recorded in the United States, "The Secret of the Dawn" represents the culmination of three years of studio work. Each instrument is played by Phillip, and along with that each vocal is sung individually - upwards of 200 times using his three-octave voice -creating a lush, choral effect accessible to pop music fans but with definite classical motifs.

"To me, 'The Secret of the Dawn' represents optimism, encouragement, and looking toward a new day as light replaces the darkness," Phillip explains. "However, with new beginnings can come fear and mystery and that's where there are wonderful secrets to discover. It's right at three years worth of work, and I'm really excited that others be able to enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it."

Each track is filled with realistic sounding strings and percussion instruments, which come from high quality samples. However, you won't find any sampling of vocals here: each is recorded on its own, separately. This greatly increases the length of time it takes for each song to be recorded and mixed.

Often compared to platinum recording artist Enya, Phillip Presswood draws upon a similar Irish background but has infused that sound with a contemporary modern motif all his own. Phillip states, "I think, its understandable that the word 'Enya' pops out of someone's mouth when they hear the music, and to me that is really high praise. But there are differences, of course, different backgrounds and musical influences. I think that eventually people will look back and realize that a new genre of music had been created around this time, starting in the late 80's and up to the present day, with the layered vocals and the instrument sampling. I grew up with it and now I obviously incorporate that into the music I write."

Having played piano since age four, and composing at twelve, Phillip now 24, draws upon several years of classical music training and development. "The Secret of the Dawn" shines brightly for this multi-layered and multi-talented

Phillip Presswood is available for interviews and may be contacted via Middlestar Music at