Phil Maybury is a songwriter and vocalist from a small village in the Yorkshire Pennines in England, who has written a number of successful songs in a variety of genres. Many have been semi-finalists or been commended in songwriting contests or online.
Primarily a Folk / Country crossover artist, Phil also includes Blues, Soul, Rock and Pop in his back-catalogue as well as Adult Contemporary and even Comedy. His biggest songwriting influences have included:
Earlier phase: Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel, Ralph McTell, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Eva Cassidy, Chris de Burgh and Gerry Rafferty.
Later phase: Mark Knopfler, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Boo Hewerdine, Gretchen Peters, Dougie Maclean and Alison Krauss.
Other important musical influences have included Nat King Cole, Melanie Safka, Dusty Springfield, the Carpenters, the Mammas and the Papas, Neil Diamond, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Corrs, Riverdance, Fame, Ally McBeal, Runrig and the folk and country scene in general.
Phil began playing the guitar as a teenager at the folk club at school, then in the late seventies formed the acoustic group Manuscript, which had a complete programme devoted to them on BBC local radio at the time. The first of his own songs to be sung in public was played at the manuscript gigs. Along with one other member of Manuscript, he also secured a BBC contract to record songs for children's radio.
He believes in the centrality of lyrics in a song.
He has always been a writer, and alongside his songwriting he has worked as an advertising copywriter, a journalist and a web-designer, as well as editing a national trade magazine.