NEW YORK – With the success of his debut single, Home, Phillip Phillips isnt just the dude who won American Idol. Hes the dude with that folk-rock hit, according to the fans hes met.
People are like, Youre the guy with the song Home, and Im like, Yeah, yeah. They say ... So do you have any other music out? Im like, There are some covers. What from? I say, American Idol. You were on American Idol? he recalled.
There was a lot of people who didnt even know I was on Idol, he continued. I think thats cool.
The 22-year-old talked about his music, being laid-back and the insta-family and friends who have surfaced since he won the Idol crown in an interview with The Associated Press.
Q. What do you think of the comparisons of Home to Mumford & Sons music?
A. People are always gonna compare somebody to somebody else, but I think when people hear the album its not gonna remind them of Mumford & Sons too much because Im a little more rock and, you know, theyre very folk and theyre amazing.
Q. Most Idol winners havent had success like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. Does that make you nervous?
A. I mean, if it doesnt do well it wasnt meant to do well. ... Id be upset for a little bit, but its just what its meant to be. I can only hope for the best. I cant make anybody do anything. Im nervous about it definitely, but all I can do is hope that it does well.
Q. Hows your health? (Phillips had major kidney surgery when he won Idol this year.)
A. Im doing great. Im tired, but staying busy. This reminds me, I have to get a doctors checkup.
Q. You were so low-key about your health issues while on the show. Was that intentional?
A. I didnt want people to feel sorry for me or anything on the show or vote for me for sympathy or anything like that, so I tried to keep it on the DL as much as I could, but the show likes that kind of stuff and they said, Were gonna put it (out), and I cant really say no because I signed some papers that they could show just about what they wanted to. So, yeah, I tried to keep it as low-key as possible.
Q. Do you find a lot of people came out of the woodwork after seeing you on Idol?
A. People that were saying they were cousins and good friends with my friends friend whose friend of another friend and my grandmas sisters other half-sisters babys child. Im like, Nice to meet you finally.