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Why We Like Phil Vassar

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Posted Sep 9, 2006 by Paul
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Phil Vassar is just one of those guys that has a good head on his shoulders. It doesn’t hurt that he’s found success doing what he loves to do. We just read an interview with Phil and we wanted to pass along some choice quotes from the article:

Record label execs told him he’d never have a career in country music without a hat, a guitar and better material…

It took years, but Vassar finally got a little bit of positive reinforcement from an unlikely source: Engelbert Humperdinck recorded one of his songs, “Once in a While,” in 1996. Then in 1998, Jo Dee Messina took two Phil Vassar songs — “I’m Alright” and “Bye Bye” — to No. 1 on the Billboard country charts. Alan Jackson did the same with “Right on the Money” in 1999.The people who were beginning to notice Vassar were the same “idiots” who told him he should give up song-writing.

Vassar realizes that it was partly dumb luck that landed him in the spotlight. “I’ve met so many people who were so talented and came to town and just left, and every now and then I think about those guys. There was this girl who could sing like Patsy Cline; she was awesome and what ever happened to her?”“Everybody has their own calendar, their own clock. I had attorneys, everybody, say, ‘Man you just don’t belong in this business.’ I said, ‘Whatever.’ You just got to believe in what you believe in. Realistic or unrealistic; dreams are sort of odd that way.”

Everyday you’ll face rejection – trust us, we know. But the more persistent you are, the more likely it is you’ll be able to do exactly what you love to do.

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