Brandon Lake’s Calling Terrifies Him: ‘I like songs that scare me. I like songs that challenge my faith.’
By Lindsay Williams
Singer/songwriter Phil Wickham began leading worship at thirteen after feeling the need to make his faith his own. Known for his beautiful melodies and inspirational lyrics, Phil was raised by parents who are both worship leaders, and he and his siblings (Evan and Jillian), grew up with music all around them. After graduating from Calvary Christian School in Vista, California, Phil decided to pursue a career in music, and in 2003 released the independent album, Give You My World. Following that, the singer signed a record deal and released his self-titled debut in 2006 featuring the songs, "Divine Romance" and “Grace.”
“I want to leave the fragrance of Christ wherever I go,” Phil says. “I want to lead people to Jesus, to encounter Him, so they want more of Him. It’s more than just knowing who God is, it’s seeking Him with your heart.”
Hailed as having one of the best voices in the industry, Phil continued to grow as an artist with his release of Cannons in 2007 featuring the song “Jesus Lord of Heaven;” Heaven & Earth in 2009, featuring the songs “Heaven & Earth” and “Safe;” Response in 2011 with “Heaven Fall Down” and The Ascension in 2013, featuring “This Is Amazing Grace.”
Now, several years down the road, it’s still all a bit surreal for Phil who knows reaching this level of success is not something he could have done on his own...
“I can't believe that this dude from San Diego who wrote songs in his bedroom when he was a teenager, now has songs that are being sung in churches!” he says. “It’s nothing I could have done myself. It’s God using something. You are not too young to find out and seek what God wants you to do with your life right now ... your voice isn’t too small.”