Phil Madeira

Nashville Songwriter, Contemporary Christian,
Singer-Songwriter, Sideman



Members of the Historical Archive Committee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame are researching and documenting the career of this important Ocean State musician. When work is completed, we will be posting an in-depth biography and complete discography on this page. In the meantime, please enjoy this introduction to his work.Musician, songwriter and producer Phil Madeira of Barrington began his national career in Contemporary Christian Music in the late ‘70s with the legendary Phil Keaggy Band. After moving to Nashville in 1983, he quickly established himself as a first-call keyboardist and guitarist, on stage and in the studio, and as a songwriter. His live perfomance and studio credits read like a “who’s who” of Country, Contemporary Christian and Americana music touring and/or recording with Amy Grant, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Michael W. Smith, and he has been a member of Emmylou Harris’ band, The Red Dirt Boys, since 2008. His songs have been recorded by Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Garth Brooks, Keb’ Mo’ and many others. In 2014, he won a Grammy Award for his co-write of “From This Valley,” the single from The Civil Wars’ second album which reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Album chart. Along the way, he established himself as a producer and has maintained a career as a recording artist with eight solo albums to his credit. He produced and co-wrote the critically-acclaimed two volume collection Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us which asked the question, “What if God is love?” Nearly two dozen of his contemporaries answered including Emmylou, the Civil Wars, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and jazz guitarist John Scofield. His latest album at the time of his induction was Providence, a piano-based song cycle of reflections on Phil’s Rhode Island roots.