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Phillip Phillips cancels Eau Claire concert, refunds available through May 31


Press Release: Singer-guitarist Phillip Phillips — winner of the eleventh season of the Fox television seriesAmerican Idol — was to appear in concert May 6 with special guest Gin Wigmore. On May 5 the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was notified that Phillips has canceled the remainder of his spring tour due to illness.

All 1,100 tickets for the May 6 show were purchased by UW-Eau Claire students. To receive a cash refund, actual ticket holders must present their tickets and photo identification at the Service Center no later than Friday, May 31, 2013.

The same day in May 2012 that Phillip Phillips claimed his American Idol victory, the 22-year-old from Georgia released "Home," a debut single that showcases his rich vocals and guitar skills. It marked the biggest opening sales week for an Idol winner's coronation song. The track has exceeded 4.2 million in sales, was used as the soundtrack for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Women's Gymnastics Team and became the unofficial theme for Hurricane Sandy relief.  

Phillips began 2013 with a gold album, his first: The World from the Side of the Moon.Released in November, it made its debut at number four on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and number one on the Billboard Rock Album Chart. In January his second single from the album was released — "Gone, Gone, Gone."

Phillips began making music when he was 14, thanks largely to his older sister's boyfriend (now husband), Ben Neil, who taught him how to play guitar. Phillips kept studying guitar on his own and soon mastered riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." Phillips later formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and added singing to his repertoire.  

After graduating high school, Phillips studied industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College in Georgia and continued playing music with his brother-in-law. Encouraged by his family and friends, Phillips took a break from working in his family's pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol in summer 2011 — and soon found himself tearing through powerful, full-throated performances of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett on the Idol stage. 

"I'm still so amazed at how this has worked out," says Phillips. "I knew I'd always have music no matter what happens, but I never imagined that it would get to this level. I'm so excited to just get going and have a great time doing it."

After being featured on the season 12 premiere of American Idol in January, Phillips went on the road with Matchbox 20 for a string of 20 dates. 

Gin (for Virginia) Wigmore, a singer-songwriter since age 12, is a sensation in her native New Zealand. At age 18, she won out over 11,000 other entrants at the International Songwriting Competition in the United States with "Hallelujah," a song she wrote two years earlier in response to her father's death. A self-titled EP featuring "Hallelujah" went multi-platinum in New Zealand, and was soon followed by Wigmore's debut album, Holy Smoke, recorded with Ryan Adams' band The Cardinals. After it debuted at number one in New Zealand, four of its songs were simultaneously in the Top 40 chart. Five-times platinum,Holy Smoke was named Best Pop Album at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards and Wigmore was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Wigmore's sophomore album, Gravel and Wine, went three-times platinum with a number-one debut in her homeland. It was released in the U.S. at the beginning of April, and songs have already been heard in nationwide TV and radio campaigns for Heineken, Guinness, Lowe's, and on national network television shows.

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