ALBANY, Ga. — It was all pictures with fans, friends and just folks for Phillip Phillips Saturday night at the State Theatre.
The winner of the American Idol television series and platinum-selling recording artist, Phillips stopped at the “Bleep Cancer! A Benefit for Jessica Wilson” to lend his support to a friend in need.
“It is great to be here,” Phillips said. “I want to help out.”
Albany’s music community staged the 10th annual fight cancer benefit with live music, a silent auction and prizes to help Jessica Wilson, a wife and mother who has been battling cancer since April 201 with her medical bills.
Although Phillips would not play at the benefit his attendance sent a vibration through the girls in the crowd that brought out smile after smile.
“I just like him and his music so much,” said Mary Grace Middlebrooks. “He is just so nice.”
Middlebrooks’ friend Dabney Norton shot down any comparison with Bruce Springsteen. She added, “He is much better than him. And he’s ours.”
Asked about the Springsteen comparison later in the evening, Phillips replied with a great smile, “I don’t know about that.”
One thing Phillips did know, he was among the people who love him and his music. As he posed for pictures it was almost a reunion. Phillips called people by their names smiled and shook hands.
Phillips willingness to take time from the star track and lend a hand for a good cause could only come from a man who values his home and wrote:
“Hold on, to me as we go As we roll down this unfamiliar road And although this wave is stringing us along Just know you’re not alone Cause I’m going to make this place your home.”