Billboard chart-topping worship artist Phil Thompson, whose live session video of his debut track ’My Worship’ soared to one million views within just two months of it’s release, says that the song was birthed out of a difficult three year season of divorce and custody battles for his children.
“I was going through a very painful divorce from my 16-year marriage. It was like a death. To fight in court for custody of my children and the impact that season had on mine and their lives was the most devastating for me. God gave me so many songs in that period.”
The singer/songwriter recalls sitting at his piano with tears flowing, writing and singing songs like ‘Light The Way’ from his album. According to him, the Lord gave him that song at that time to pull him through his own personal battle. He never imagined that one day that song and others like ‘My Worship’ would have such a global impact on the lives of many.
“I’ve received so many crazy testimonies about people who were going to commit suicide and ‘My Worship’ would come through on YouTube. Every time I hear a testimony like that, it’s the most humbling feeling.
It’s one of those moments where you’re the most grateful because of the knowledge that people’s lives are being impacted because of what I went through. That’s a really cool feeling.”
‘My Worship’ which was released in the autumn of 2017, was written at the end of the most difficult period of his life from a position of gratefulness to God for bringing him out of the midst of his personal storm. It was at this point he received the revelation that each person’s worship is as unique as their fingerprint.
“The place to sing ‘My Worship’ is from a place of gratefulness.”
His full album also entitled ‘My Worship’ and packed with powerful worship songs like ‘My Worship’ and ‘Light The Way’, as well as ‘Chasing Your Glory’, ‘The Ultimate’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ reached #1 on Billboard Charts.
“Let me be honest, I didn’t know any of this was going to happen. I’ve been writing songs for 15 years and was thinking that this would be my last.
We uploaded the video to YouTube and overnight it had clocked 20,000 views. That was when I knew God wanted to do something with this song.”
ABOUT PHIL THOMPSON
A gospel singer and songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts, Phil Thompson was a member of the popular urban contemporary gospel group Ashmont Hill before embarking on a successful solo career with the release of his debut album, My Worship, in 2018.
A worship leader at Jubilee Christian Church, Thompson has been singing since childhood, but he didn’t begin writing his own songs until turning 30.
In addition to his solo work, he has composed material for JJ Hairston, Jubilee Worship, and Ashmont Hill. His 2018 debut was released via JJ Hairston’s Jamestown Records.