American singer and hymn-writer; born in Chautauqua County, New York. He studied music under Lowell Mason and others, and in 1853 taught singing-school in Alleghany and the neighboring New York towns. In 1860 his first collection of hymns, Early Blossoms, was published, and had an immense sale, as did Musical Leaves, published in 1863 in Cincinnati. Mr. Phillips not only visited all parts of this country and Canada, but made a tour of the world, singing in five hundred and seventyfour performances. Among his works are also the American Sacred Songster; Song Life; Hallowed Song; Song Ministry; Song Sermons; International Song-Service; and numerous other collections and singing-books.