Phillip Phillips Comes “Home” to Mardi Gras.

Phillip Phillips Comes “Home” to Mardi Gras.

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Phillip Phillips is, simply put, awesome. He’s one of those musicians that could be the boy next door because he’s that relatable.

But what is it about him? Why come see him at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras?

First of all, he won the eleventh season of American Idol. It takes a strong musician and a stronger performer to win the heart of America and be crowned victorious on this show. I tried out for American Idol once, and I think you can guess where that got me. (Answer: not past the first round of auditions.)

His first single, “Home,” was so powerful that it was used constantly in Summer Olympics coverage and heard every time you switched the radio station. It was the most successful coronation song in American Idol history, and it was certified five-times platinum.

He’s got a whole lineup of songs that inspire. Personally, every time I hear, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” I get teary-eyed and think of how much I love my husband. But you’ve also got the sweetly rhythmic “Unpack Your Heart,” the rock anthem, “Fly,” and most recent single, “Raging Fire.”

And on a personal note, he’s getting married! He proposed to his girlfriend last Christmas by asking her to meet him at their new Georgia home. By the time she arrived, he was in proposal stance – down on one knee (collective, “Awwwwwww!”).

Phillip Phillips will perform this Saturday at Universal Studios Florida’s Music Plaza stage at 8:30 p.m. It will be his second time performing at Universal, and I can tell you from experience that he’s fantastic in concert.

My recommendation for an epic Mardi Gras night?
Arrive around 4 p.m. to grab your fill of jambalaya and sugary beignets and check out the New Orleans jazz band, Naughty Professors, in the French Quarter Courtyard.

Then, find a great spot to watch the Mardi Gras parade – I love to camp out in front of Pantages theater because the parade enters and exits right beside it, meaning double the beads! And sprint to the Music Plaza to watch Phillip Phillips rock the house.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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