A swagger bomb set for sync if I’ve ever heard one, Phillip-Michael Scales brings the thunder with “O, Hallelujah”. It’s a concise pop, blues and rock track all rolled into one. The energy seems like it is a constant rise until the bridge which becomes airy and atmospheric in a familiar way. It is slightly formulaic but anything else wouldn’t have worked for it. If you need energy and angst to get you over the hump today try out “O, Hallelujah” by Phillip-Michael Scales.
In 2018, Phillip-Michael Scales had a whirlwind of year. Between promoting his electric EP, “Sinner-Songwriter,” and winning a year of rent in downtown Chicago as Magellan Group’s “Musician in Residence”, he ended up playing over 300 shows. Tenacity and work ethic have always come naturally to Scales, between being a native of Metro Detroit and the nephew of the late B.B. King, who played 300 shows in a year himself.
Raised on Blues and Motown, then discovering indie rock in his formative years, his latest single “O, Hallelujah” manages to keep a foot in each world. “O, Hallelujah” is an upbeat, bluesy romp Scales wrote when he was getting to know his girlfriend. We grabbed drinks and ended up talking all night. At some point, we figured out that we both lived in two of the same cities at the same time before we met. Musing about where we were in our lives at those times, I realized that had we met any earlier, it wouldn’t have worked out. I went home immediately and wrote the song.”
This summer he played the prestigious Blues Passions Festival in Cognac, France as well as a handful of other dates in Europe. Scales graduated from Berklee College of Music and has opened for Fantastic Negrito, Anderson East, Guster, David Cook, Bethany Joy Lenz, Matt Hires, Billy Rafoul, Crystal Bowersox, Tyler Hilton, Jon McLaughlin, Cory Brannan and Kate Voegele.