Born into a musical family, Phil
and his younger brother Tommy were considered child prodigies.
1960 -1966 - By the age of 9, he
was already working as a professional musician in the family
band, variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries
and The Trailblazers. Phil played lead and Tommy played rhythm
guitar, along with their brother Chris on drums and their sister
Virginia on slide guitar. The Emmanuel siblings earned the
family's sole income for several years.
After his father died, the
Emmanuel family was approached by Australian country music star
Buddy Williams, who took them on the road until they were forced
by the Australian child welfare department to stop travelling.
The children were then sent to a regular school. Emmanuel's
first brush with fame came when The Trailblazers won two
televised talent contests and were able to produce an album.
Phil’s musical roots stem
back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and his style has largely been
defined by the classic guitar sounds of this era. His preference
for the “instrumental tunes that defined the sound of the
electric guitar when it was a new instrument”. Phil has always
been renowned for performing powerful, challenging material,
ranging from classical ballads such as Sultans Of Swing to spine-tingling, amazingly fast and
furious pieces by Bach
After seven odd years working
solo, Phil finally formed his own band, something which had
taken a while because of the lack of availability of seasoned
Phil and his band play a wide
range of guitar oriented music ranging from their own
interpretation of Chariots Of Fire to Santana's Black Magic Woman plus a bit of country, rock,
classical to ballads. Their target audience age is 18 to 80 so
there is something for all ages, plus a lot of pieces most bands
anywhere in the world would not even attempt.
1992 – Released “Kakadu
1994 – Released Phil and Tommy
Emmanual “Terra Firma”.
1999 – Released “In The Shadow
of the Beatles” Vol.1.
- Performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics with
VANESSA AMOROSI, SAVAGEGARDEN
2000 - Invited to headline
the worlds’ largest guitar festival. Following this he set off
on a brief tour of Europe
before heading home for a tour of outback Queensland.
- Release of new material in the form of the five track EP “The
Miracle” which includes two tracks by his inspiration – The
Shadows. The EP has been received with critical acclaim, and
completes the ‘trio’ of Phil’s works with a track ‘Blue Angel’
which will also appear on his next CD “EGP – Electric Guitar
Player” which is due for release late 2002.
Touring around the Country with great success solo “Tribute To
He was also guest performer at
the Frankston International Guitar Festival in March playing
before thousands of guests and hosting two Clinics filled to the
brim with eager fans. The Festival also gave Phil the
opportunity to showcase ‘Blue Angel’ – a guitar he assisted
Luthier Ray Berketa of Berketa Guitars to build.
2002 - April and May toured in
Italy, and Kuala Lumper where he performed with younger brother
Tommy in a showcase event to literally thousands of fans.
2003 – Released “Electric Guitar Player”
2008 - People’s Choice Awards –
Musician of the Year.
2011 - Undertook a reunion tour with his brother Phil.
With brother Phil elevated to the Roll of Renown.
2012 – April. Inducted into
Wall of Fame in Latrobe, alongside fellow artists Jean Stafford,
Phil Emmanuel and Wayne Horsburgh.