Phil Madeira

*Vox *Piano *B3 *Gtr *Producer

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Phil Madeira on SoundBetter

"IT'S ALL ABOUT SOUL. From Keyboards and guitar for Emmylou Harris to Keb' Mo' to Garth Brooks and Amy Grant, Phil is an in-demand talent! Writer of Grammy Winning "From This Valley" with the Civil Wars, and production credits include Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Keb' Mo', Mat Kearney, Wood Brothers, Shawn Mullins, and The Band Perry."

Call it luck, call it blessed- my credit list is long and diverse, from B3 on giant hits like "House of Love" (Amy Grant & Vince Gill) to blues piano and B3 on Grammy winning "Tajmo" (Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo')...

I have been blessed with the ability to PRODUCE records, WRITE songs, and PERFORM on various instruments, most frequently Piano and Hammond organ. Add to that oddities such as Lap Steel and Accordion, as well as your basic Americana guitar, and that's it.

My songwriting leans heavily Americana, having written with Emmylou, Civil Wars, The Wood Brothers, Angel Snow, Shawn Mullins, and Keb' Mo', but I have had success in the CCM world (2014 Dove Best Country Song) and cuts with Music Row acts like Garth Brooks and Alison Krauss (both recorded "Maybe") and Toby Keith ("If I Was Jesus".

I can cross a lot of musical boundaries, from traditional jazz and blues to old school country and modern folk to gospel and pop.

I record in my own studio as well as in beautiful rooms like Sound Emporium and Blackbird here in Nashville.

I often get hired as a vocalist by folks looking for "character" in the same vein as Randy Newman or Tom Waits. My voice has a story telling, smokey, bluesy quality to it.

I'm happy to help finish a song or a track, or build something from the ground up.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

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  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Phil Madeira
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Bobby Sweet
  • Bobby Sweet
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • John Scofield
  • The Waterboys
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  • The Howlin' Brothers
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  • The Grahams
  • The Grahams
  • The Civil Wars
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  • Micky Dolenz
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  • Buddy Miller
  • Buddy Miller
  • Toby Keith
  • Steve Azar
  • Point of Grace
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  • Carter's Chord
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  • Toby Keith
  • Toby Keith
  • Toby Keith
  • Chris McClarney
  • Chris McClarney
  • Shawn Mullins
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Amy Grant
  • Amy Grant
  • Little Big Town
  • Christian Kane
  • Amy Grant
  • Amy Grant
  • Randy Houser
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  • Paul Colman
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  • Alice Peacock
  • Alice Peacock
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Pierce Pettis
  • Pierce Pettis
  • Pierce Pettis
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  • Brigitte DeMeyer
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  • Brigitte DeMeyer
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11 Reviews

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  1. Review by Steve Wilmot
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    A joy to work with! Easy going, great communicator with some great songs. Inspiring!

  2. Review by Joe Dancsak
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    Five stars for Phil! Played awesome honky tonk piano on a country hip hop jam that took the song to a new level. Quick turnaround and great communication, I highly recommend :)

  3. Review by Roar K. Eikli
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    Phil has produced, and played on, two albums for the norwegian band Humming People. When Phil came on board it took things to another level, and I would highly recommend him as both a producer and musician!

  4. Review by Sammy Horner (The Sweet Sorrows / Th Electrics)
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    Phil has produced four alums for me, two band albums with Celtic Rockers The Electrics, one solo gospel album and one with my latest duo, The Sweet Sorrows. He always delivered for the record labels I was with, (and they can be real picky) but Phil still offers his best on independent recordings so the quality of what you get is never diluted. The man can play any instrument he puts his hands on, really making them sing, then beautifully spins them in to exactly the right place in the mix. Nashville has a lot of talent, but Phil would be my go to guy in music city every time.

  5. Review by Peter Rogan
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    Phil helped me immensely with my debut CD "Still Tryin' to Believe" released in March 2019.
    Phil and I co-wrote four of the songs, he helped me clean up others and made great suggestions on all facets of the record making process. He also played electric and acoustic guitar, lap steel, piano, and Hammond organ on the CD. His guidance and influence has helped me to really start opening up as a songwriter/musician. And for that I am very grateful. Phil's sense of taste and soulfulness is top shelf. Highly recommended!

  6. Review by Sean Sullivan
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    Phil is a wonderful, soulful and original player who can bring a unique style all his own to your music. He’s an equally gifted singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitar player and producer. I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed hiring Phil to contribute to your project.

  7. Review by Juanita Copeland
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    Phil has worked at my studio (Sound Emporium) for decades now and we consider family - not to mention he's a bit of an icon. He's an amazing player and always brings a great vibe to any session, along with his superb guitar skills!! We highly recommend Phil for any project. Consummate professional who plays with heart!!

  8. Review by Paul Mills
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    I've known Phil for over a quarter of a century, and in that time, I've had the pleasure of hearing him shred B3 Organ on many of my productions, as well as accordion, piano and a myriad of six and four stringed instruments. Always has the vibe, always wants to enhance the project, and just simply one of the best and gentle good hearts I know on this planet. If you need to create real music, get in contact with Phil Madeira post haste!

  9. Review by Rolff
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    I have known Phil for well over 20 years and he's always been a class act professional. Playing live, sessions, touring, he's spot on as a player in a wide variety of music, no matter the genre, and as a human. We've also had him with his band and assorted other artists and musicians at The Blackbird Academy on several student sessions in the studios, so he's also adept in a teaching environment. His resume and work history speak for themselves. Thanks Phil!

  10. Review by Steve Gilreath
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    Phil brings a cool dimension to whatever project he’s emerged in. He can find a vibe, a twist, a phrase- whatever’s needed that may be unexpected but always takes the moment to a better place, musically. And if things get slow, he’s always got a story!

  11. Review by Chris Harbach
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    I have been to one of Phil’s Mercyland retreats and I have been privileged to have 2 private writing sessions with him and am about to have 4 songs produced by him at Nashville’s Blackbird studio. He is an EXTRAORDINARY talent, teacher and person. I wouldn’t consider continuing down this path if he weren’t in my court!

Interview with Phil Madeira

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Vols 1 & 2 is probably the most important project I've done. It's a multi artist concept (two volumes recorded so far) of spiritual, gospel-ish Americana music that follows redemptive themes like inclusion, peace-making, healing, and reconciliation. The artists involved- Emmylou Harris, John Scofield, Shawn Mullins, The Civil Wars, Red Dirt Boys, Will Kimbrough, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buddy Miller, Dan Tyminski, The North Mississippi All Stars, David Crowder, Amy Stroup, Sugar and the Hi Lows, Cindy Morgan, The Lone Bellow, The McCrary Sisters, Phil Madeira, Mat Kearney, The Wood Brothers, Angel Snow, Jason Eskridge, and more! Look for Volume 3 in 2020.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm doing press and gigs to celebrate the release of "Open Heart", my newest solo record, on Valentines Day 2020. And I'm about to start mixing the follow up project to that.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I'm knocked out by Mary Bragg's singing and songwriting. And drums- the most fantastic drummer on this site that I've worked with is the great Dennis Holt. His sounds are insanely great, top-notch gear, and a diligence to please that is unmatched.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: In a format like Soundbetter, digital is really the only plausible platform. But it's fun to record or mix to tape. Most of my gear is warm, tube-y, and vibey, and recording to digital is not going to ruin it.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I'll do my best to make you happy.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: In terms of providing music for others, I love the challenge of thinking out of the box, and bringing emotion and wisdom to every track I'm asked to play on.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: Why me? Are you sure?

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Trust is the key element. We hire people to bring something that we ourselves can't fully provide. It's easy to get myopic about what we did as a demo or what was in our head originally. If you truly don't like what the musician has brought to the table, hopefully you have agreed on retakes, etc. I try and provide at least two takes of a part when I'm doing things virtually.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: A Yamaha C7, a Martin 000-28, and an iphone, a generator and a refrigerator.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I started in 1976 with Phil Keaggy. Eventually, I moved to Nashville and enjoyed great success as a songwriter and Hammond Organ player. Buddy Miller hiring me really opened up the Americana scene for me, and that led to playing with Emmylou Harris. My resume shocks me. I have been blessed to work with so many amazing artists- Neville Brothers, Mavis, Emmylou, Keb' Mo', Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, John Scofield, Little Big Town, etc.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: Eric Clapton. I haven't been overwhelmed by anything he's done since his Unplugged record from years ago. I would love to do a bare bones, real record with him, as I'm such a fan of his character and his playing and singing. His work of the last 20 years seems too careful, which can often squeeze the soul out of a song. So, yes, Eric, give a call ;)

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: I'm firmly established in Americana Music, which means roots music. But that's a broad palette which for me includes old school country, gospel, blues, jazz, folk, rock, and so on. As a producer, I think the Americana / Folk worlds are where I shine, but I'm thankfully experienced in many genres. I've played on records by Little Big Town, Amy Grant, The Civil Wars, Taj Mahal, and John Scofield- that's a pretty broad range, but I feel like what people are looking for from me is the attitude that they hear in my playing.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I play well with others.

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: The main thing I bring to a song is my full attention, and the wisdom that it ain't about me; it's about the song and the artist's vision for that song. Self-editing, learning to erase the impressive but unnecessary flourish of notes a less mature musician can't bear to let go of, this is what is required of me. The song is not a vehicle for my hot shot riffs.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I have a small home rig from which I do my overdubs, but I also work nearly exclusively at Sound Emporium, an easy walk from my home in Nashville. It depends on what I'm doing- tracking, vocals, and horns- I like to be in a comfortable facility. Guitars, keys, organ, piano, lap steel... even harmonies- I can do those at home via my UA interface, ProTools, a variety of quality mics, a great tube preamp, and my fabulous collection of instruments- a 1930s National guitar for slide, 4 Martin guitars from the 40s and 50s, a Gibson, many keyboards, a lap steel, and accordion... and my mind ;)

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: On this site, most of my work is providing instrumental overdubs- piano, Hammond organ, Lap steel, background vocals. I also produce records and tracks. Whatever it is, I generally love being a provider of quality production and delivery.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: Whether producing, song-writing, or playing an instrument- my style is always about authenticity and emotion. Perfection bores me; I want the human element.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Having worked for dozens of artists and producers (check out my allmusic credits- crazy), my process entails whatever process the person hiring me needs. But if I'm steering the ship, I like pre-production, finding keys, tempos, examining the songs with great scrutinty, and then allowing the songs to dictate what happens to them. I love process!

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: My longtime boss and friend Emmylou Harris has taught me more than anyone else in this business, just about how to "be". But I'm blessed with many- Wayne Kirkpatrick, Brown Bannister, Buddy Miller, Will Kimbrough, Cindy Morgan, Amy Stroup... Musically, I've been inspired by Theolonious Monk, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Ry Cooder, and a long list beyond.

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Madeira Mashup

I was the Producer, keys, guitars, composer in this production

Terms Of Service

Typical turn-around time of 3-5 business days for instrument overdubs; 2 revisions included. Song / album production requires a contract. Songwriting terms are on a song-by-song basis.

GenresSounds Like
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Patty Griffin
  • Randy Newman
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha C7
  • Kawai upright
  • Hammond B3
  • Mellotron
  • Keyscape library
  • National "O" guitar
  • various Martin guitars from 1932 through the 50s
  • Gibson CF-100 guitar
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