Phillip has studied music as long as he can remember. Many times, he and his
family sat around the kitchen table singing and learning the shaped-note system,
while putting that knowledge into learning new songs under the direction and
instruction of his dad, Mr. Gordon Prince. He also studied under the direction
of Mr. Dorsey C. Yarbrough and Mr. C.C. Stafford while attending the renowned
Stamps/Baxter School of Music and later the National School of Music when it was
located in Roanoke, Alabama. Phillip has studied song writing under Mr. C.C.
Stafford, Mr. Dorsey Yarbrough, Dr. A. Charles Allen with limited instruction
under Mr. Charles Towler.
Phillip comes from a rich musical heritage, having
made his first record at the age of nine while singing with his family, the
singing "Prince Family." He grew up being a part of gospel singing, having been
around and sung with some of the greats in the Southern Gospel Music industry.
He also has sung and recorded with various groups, including Southern Harmony
and the Southern Heirs. Phillip has studied voice under the direction of Dr. A.
Charles Allen and Eloise Phillips.
Throughout his life, he has been involved in
convention-style singing, having served as president of the Jacksonville Gospel
Singers Association for five years. He has written numerous gospel songs, having
several in publication, and has been active in teaching music, promoting
shaped-note style of music of every kind throughout the U.S. Phillip lives in
Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife Tammy and daughters Allison and Maegan. Mr.
Phillip Prince is owner and operator of the National School of Music.