TRENDING NRT NEWS: Newsboys Announce New Album | Christian Music A-Z | Is Christian Music Cringe? | New Lacey Sturm
NRT Christian Music News Update
​Phil Wickham to Undergo Vocal Surgery
'The Ascension' singer has polyp, will require rehabilitation

​Phil Wickham to Undergo Vocal Surgery

Posted: April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM | Category: General
Artist Tags: Evan Wickham / Phil Wickham
Source: From Staff Reports

Christian Music News, New Christian Music News April has been a challenging month for chart-topping worship artist Phil Wickham, as he has struggled with vocal issues. The singer, whose current single "This Is Amazing Grace" is taking radio and churches by storm, said via social media that he will undergo surgery on his vocal cords Monday, April 28. 

"Spirit is high, and heart is thankful," Wickham wrote on his Facebook page. "Hopeful to get on the other side of this."

Fans learned of Wickham's ailment on April 2, when the singer posted a blog asking for prayer after canceling an appearance at the Catalyst West Conference. 

"While leading worship last weekend on a tour... my vocal [cords] hit a wall," Wickham wrote in a follow-up blog. "I felt a drastic change in my voice, and I knew something wasn't right. It was like a guitar with broken strings. I knew where the notes should be, but they just weren't there."

After seeing a specialist, Wickham learned that he has a small bump of swelling on his left vocal cord--a vocal polyp--which he says was most likely caused from overuse.

Initially, Wickham was optimistic that the condition could be resolved without surgery, but after steroids and two weeks of vocal rest failed to reduce the swelling--and threatened his right vocal cord--doctors opted to for the "last resort" option to operate. He has canceled all of his shows in the near-term, and his brother, Evan, has filled in for him on several occasions.

Dr. Johnathan D. McGinn said in a 2012 interview with that after vocal fold surgery, singers must have complete vocal rest for a week or more, followed by rehabilitation and careful restrictions on voice use for months afterward. 

McGinn, the associate professor of otolaryngology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, noted: "If proper healing does not occur, the area of the surgery may be stiff compared to the rest of the vocal fold. This can create permanent voice changes," such as those experienced by Julie Andrews. "Fortunately, this is quite rare, and most patients have near complete recovery of their voice."

Wickham says the experience, while at times frustrating and upsetting, has been good because he has been learning about his identity in Christ--outside his singing--and, without his voice, has been able to listen more to people and to God. 

"Moments of fear are quenched with a thought of the cross," Wickham wrote. "And I am thankful for it."

Wickham said he had the opportunity to sing "True Love" and "This is Amazing Grace" for his doctors as they assessed his level of strain. 

"Both of these songs are about Jesus and the cross and How we have salvation through Him," he wrote. "It was in that moment that I was aware of how little I know and how much God is in control. To trust Him and His plans and His promises is the most beautiful and freeing way to live."

Moving forward, Wickham has turned to his friends, family and fans for prayer--and has received an "overwhelming" amount of encouragement and support. 

"I humbly ask for your prayers," he wrote. "Prayers for healing. Prayers of wisdom for the doctors. Prayers for my wife, Mallory, who has been a champion among champions in this whole situation, and for my two baby girls to help them understand why Daddy can't read them any books right now."


More Christian Music News Headlines View All News Add News


Natasha Owens' Pro-Trump Anthem Becomes Unofficial Theme Song of MAGA Movement
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Rick Lee James Releases New Single
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Grace Graber Celebrates 20 Years of Hawk Nelson's 'Letters to the President' with "California"
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Sidewalk Prophets Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Tauren Wells to Host the 55th Annual GMA Dove Awards
Friday, July 12, 2024
Nashville Christian Songwriters Celebrates Exponential Growth
Friday, July 12, 2024
Lysa TerKeurst Announces Fall 2024 Tour with Natalie Grant
Friday, July 12, 2024
Awakening Events Offers "Fee Vacation" Sale
Friday, July 12, 2024
Skillet Announces Fall 2024 Tour
Friday, July 12, 2024
View All News

Christian Music, Facebook Christian Music, Twitter Christian Music, YouTube Christian Music, Instagram

TRENDING NRT NEWS: Staff Voices: A Journey Through Sound | Sarah Reeves Essentials | Narnia Coming To Life

Christian Music

©2024 NewReleaseToday
A Division Of NRT Media Inc.


Discover New Artists
New This Week
Coming Soon
Free Music
Album Reviews

New Music
Movies / Media

NRT Now Podcast
NRT Podcast Network

Music Videos

Concert Reviews
We Love Awards

Privacy Policy
Terms of Use
New Music Email

Music Studies
Artist Training