Phillip Sandifer is a writer, recording artist and producer. His music is primarily known within the Contemporary Christian music field although he has written for or recorded with such artists as Jennifer Warnes, Glen Campbell, Fernando Ortega, Wendy Foy (Sierra), Billy Crockett, Michele Wagner, Bob Bennett, Rob Frazier, Dawn Smith Jordan (Miss South Carolina) and others. He has also participated on recordings distributed by EMI, Disney, BMG and Warner Music Group although most of his solo recordings have been released on Urgent Records, an independent label founded by Sandifer in 1984. He has performed with Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, Whiteheart, Fernando Ortega, Bob Bennett, 4Him, Billy Crockett and many others.
Phillip was born in Baltimore, MD in 1959 but moved to Dallas, TX when he was seven. He attended Highland Park High School, Auburn University and the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in History.
He began his music career in 1981, when he created an independent album of original music on a minimal budget.
Over the next 18 years he went on to create six #1 songs (as noted in CCM Magazine and The Christian Research Report) in the Christian Music field. His top songs include "Just Because You Are" (#1), "When It's All Been Said And Done" (#1), "Learning To Love You" (#1), "The Less Traveled Road" (#1), "From A Broken Heart" (#1), "What You Mean To Me" (#1), "Man Of Compassion" (#1), "Arizona Highway" (#10), "Others" (#3), "On My Way" (#10). He has produced twenty three full-length albums for himself and others. Phillip and his brother Michael record as the group Santa Fe which achieved two top ten songs "Wider Sky" and "Love Speaks Louder" on their debut recording "Moon Circles" in 1997.
In 1999 Phillip suspended his touring and recording in order to focus on expanding Christian radio's reach in his hometown of Austin, TX, finish his educational pursuits and spend more time at home with his family. In 2000 he joined a local church church staff in order to participate in furthering the involvement of the contemporary arts in worship settings. Recently, Phillip completed his graduate work at Clemson University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. And in the past ten years he helped start 5 radio stations broadcasting largely Christian programming in the Austin, TX area. Phillip currently serves as the Worship & Arts Director at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, KS. He is again recording. And, is currently scheduling concert and worship leading opportunities to accompany his two new recording projects "Prone To Calamity" and "Expression: Songs Of Worship" (an album of worship songs). Both released in December of 2010.
Phillip's concerts range in size from intimate group settings of 100 people or so to larger promoted events. Phillip says, "my concerts are a mix of story songs and worship songs....we banter back and forth about life and we try to put things in perspective by worshiping God, who allows us to rise above it all and walk in peace and with purpose". Regarding his production and management work Phillip says, "developing creative artists who engage believers and provoke the contemplation of God by the non-believer is the best job on earth".