Phil and BernIntro: Who is this guy?

Ok, you're sitting back in your chairs, mouse in hand, wondering "Who in the world is this Keaggy character?" Well, you're not alone. Phil has earned the title "greatest guitarist you've never heard". Simply put, Phil is a world class guitar player. The kind of musician that would be billed with the likes of Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix and the like. But Phil is eons ahead of those guys, not because he's a great musician, not because of what he knows, but most importantly, it's because of WHO he knows. Phil really is the Master's Musician. His music has been giving glory to Our Lord and Savior for almost 30 years. But don't take my word for it. Phil says of himself "I'd rather be pegged as a 'religious guitar guy' than not be associated at all with Him who loved me and gave himself for me." Phil's music, whether instrumental or vocal, is simply an echo of his heart for God.

Phil Phacts:

Full Name: Philip Tyler Keaggy
Birthdate: March 23, 1951
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio
Wife: Bernadette
Children: Alicia, Olivia and Ian
Current Residence: Nashville, TN.
Current Pet: a Bichon named Toby
Anniversary: July 14.
Musical Influences: Paul McCartney and Michael Hedges

Check out some words of wisdom from Phil...

"I'd rather be pegged as a 'religious guitar guy' than not be associated at all with Him wholoved me and gave himself for me." -- The PKC Newsletter, Vol 5, Number 1

"How often Jesus himself said,'It is I, don't be afraid.' The pursuit of empty pleasures leavesone alone and in the dark. But Jesus is a friend to the lost andwill seek them out. "

"I know where I stand as a musician. I'm not this wizard on the guitar, but I've had greatmoments. I have not been as dedicated as some guitarists havebeen, not as dedicated a songwriter. I just pray that God can help me continue on in these endeavors." -- Interview for "Phil Keaggy" promo

"In the bigger picture of things, we're not going to be completely complete until theKingdom. We're sojourners, we're pilgrims, and we're on a journey. "

"Music is a heavenly gift and expression.  Heaven is filled with it.  It came from the source of life Himself, and it returns through His children, as a present to the Giver, but with that human and fragile quality."

"Being a musician seems to be such a big thing to me, because that's what I do. But being a follower of Jesus is what I am, yet I am the first person to say that I am a musician, I am a writer, I am a guitarist , and yet, if I put my stock in that, I will end up frustrated, because I have to be more than that.  I have to be a man of God, a man of faith, a man of love.  If I can be that, the music sort of takes care of itself.  I think when we get confidence in the Lord and walk in faith and put our confidence in Him-not confidence in ourselves-then there is a sort of 'letting go' and acquiescing to the will of God, no matter what."

Page Last Updated: September 26, 2001