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‘American Idol’ winner to perform at D&E College

Concert to benefit Elkins-Randolph County YMCA

March 5, 2013
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

An "American Idol" winner will take the stage in May at Harper-McNeely Auditorium at Davis & Elkins College. The event is a benefit for the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.

Phillip Phillips will perform at D&E at 7 p.m. May 14. He recently released his single "Home," which has garnered the attention of many fans with more than 278,000 downloads sold, according to Phillips' website.

The site said "Home" marked the highest debut ever on the Billboard Digital songs chart, and a YMCA press release said the single has reached quadruple platinum status. The song was used as the soundtrack for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Women's Gymnastics team and as the unofficial theme for Hurricane Sandy relief, according to the release.

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Phillip Phillips will be performing at Davis & Elkins College at 7 p.m. May 14 in the Harper-McNeely Auditorium.

The concert is being sponsored by Elkins Fordland, Allegheny Insurance and Yuengling Brewing. YMCA officials will be collecting concert proceeds for use in improving its sprinkler and fire alarm systems and for renovating its swimming pool.

Sid Gillispie, executive director for the YMCA, said he understands what the fundraising concert means for the area.

"This is a fantastic event for our community and we are grateful for the sponsors who are making this possible," Gillispie said. "We appreciate the many ways our community comes together and the relationships that can bring a top-name performer like this to the college."

On his website, Phillips was described as having rich, raspy vocals that match his masterful guitar skills. It said he began creating music when he was 14, after being introduced to the guitar by his sister's boyfriend at that time.

"I just fell in love with it immediately," Phillips said about playing the guitar.

"I knew I'd always have music no matter what happens, but I never imagined that it would get to this level," Phillips said about his success on "American Idol." "I'm so excited to just get going and have a great time doing it."

For more information about the concert, contact Scott Goddard, vice president of student affairs at D&E, at 304-637-1352, or Gillispie at the YMCA at 304-636-4515.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the YMCA or Elkins Fordland or online at

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