Phil Driscoll is back into the spotlight with his new release Drops of Praise. His foundation from a traditional Evangelist family and his first recordings have shown that Driscoll was radically original and gifted. He had gone his own way and lived all the adventures and temptations of an artist on the road.
Driscoll recorded his first album when he was just 22 years old, A Touch of Trumpet with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra. He broadcasted TV series, recorded for The London Philharmonic Orchestra on CBS and composed for famous pop artists Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, 38 Special, among many others. In the 80s, he embraced Christian music, inscribing a Dove Award for his albums Ten Years After and Exalt Thee and was the recipient of a Grammy award. From this moment on, he abounded in a myriad of musical waters, from children’s songs ("Good News Gang"), Christmas songs ("The Sound of Christmas"), R&B ("1990’s Innerman"), patriotic compositions ("1990’s Celebrate Freedom"), to Country music ("Simple Song and Quiet").
Driscoll accrued into TV ministry, broadcasting the show "The Voice of Praise," breaking Mighty Horn Ministries and recording many albums of gospel and patriotic music. He even extricated "America" at the dedication ceremony for Bill Clinton’s presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas!
Driscoll’s skills in singing are as high as the level of his adroit trumpet techniques. He truly believes God’s hand saved him to succumb to the rounded edges of his path. It’s through his faith and experiences that he’s been touching audiences for almost three decades.
Although Driscoll’s confessions seems to be a flurry and at the same time favorable to scattering, these factors seem to have no effect on his new compositions. Drops of Praise comes from the core of Driscoll’s heart and from what he truly believes.
Driscoll has tried to perfectly keep control of his road and his language, and this is the real coherence and reason why he makes his constant presence in the musical universe. Far from any virtuoso temptations, in spite of a highly technical play, this trumpet player seems wedded to the music in which he serves with a logical execution more behind than ahead, weighing in each agreement and each word as if wishing to be certain that no line escapes him.
Between "Salute," "Lord I Give You My Heart," "Salvation Guaranteed," "Great Reward," "There is something Within Me" and "Beyond the Sunset," Drops of Praise adds a recitation, an engagement towards the American soldiers who fight elsewhere and with layers of gospel. When listening to Drops of Praise, one understands that Phil Driscoll’s work of art is un-classable, but lucid. After all, in music as in life there are no theories which cannot vary or already knowing the future. Music as life is just to be made. With each action, it is risk....