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Phil Swann's career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than 30-years as a composer, author, playwright, performer, producer and teacher. A short list of his work includes:

  • The hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool, Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new musical
  • The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical (NOTE: The People vs Friar Laurence is now published by Samuel French and will be remounted in Chicago the summer of 2016 by The Second City and Steppenwolf theatre)
  • DeLEARious, Garland Award winner for Best New Score
  • In A Booth at Chasen's
  • Trombone
  • Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
  • It Had To Be You

His latest work for the theatre, Musical Fools, is a musical farce co-authored by Phil Swann, Ron West and the legendary Neil Simon.

Swann is the author of the novels The Song of Eleusis and The Mozart Conspiracy. Both books are mystery thrillers painted against the backdrop of the music industry. The Mozart Conspiracy has already achieved international success and is published in Italian under the title, Il Codice Amadeus. Swann is currently working on his next book.

As a songwriter, Phil Swann's songs have been used in countless TV shows, movies, and have been recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Strickland, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Eamonn McCrystal and Lee Greenwood, to name only a few.

A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann's production credits include: Helen Slater, The Good Mad, Laura Hall, Kelly McCleod, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, Dave Aguallo and Dan Nahmod. Solo projects by Swann include the critically acclaimed jazz recording, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars, and the pop EP, Age of Opportunity.

Phil Swann is a favorite speaker at organizations throughout the United States and Canada. His creative workshops have been embraced by The Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, ASCAP, and UCLA, where Swann teaches the art and craft of writing, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school's Music Production Program. Swann is also an advisor and adjunct professor at the Los Angeles College of Music.

Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Swann is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He now makes his home in Los Angeles, California.



   

WHAT'S NEW

3/31/16 - Congratulations to the LACM graduating class. Nice work, guys.

3/3/16 - The Song of Eleusis is now available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple's iBook store, and fine bookstores everywhere.

2/24/16 - The Song of Eleusis is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and fine bookstores everywhere!

2/22/16 - In a couple of weeks, murder, mystery, and mayhem befall a dude in Nashville named Ben Lambros. #songofeleusis

1/17/16 - Getting to know my winter 2016 class at The Los Angeles College of Music. What a fine bunch of humans.

1/1/16 - Hello 2016. Happy New Year everyone!

12/17/15 - Thank you to the 2015 Fall songwriting class at UCLA. You guys have been terrific! 

9/12/15 - Working with the brilliant orchestrator and arranger, Luke Hannington, on the score to
Musical Fools, the hilarious new musical comedy written by yrs truly, Phil Swann, Ron West and the legendary Neil Simon. Very proud of this piece, and to be in the company of these people. 

6/28/15 - Book news. I'm thrilled to announce I've signed a new publishing deal with Hartwood Publishing. They will be releasing my next mystery thriller, The Song of Eleusis. Release date is 3/3/16. Can't wait for you all to read it.  

Hartwood Publishing has also taken over publishing of my previous novel, The Mozart Conspiracy. As such, the book is temporarily off Amazon while it gets a fresh, spit n' polish by the new publisher. It'll be back up soon. In the mean time, The Mozart Conspiracy is still available in Italian under the title, Il Codice Amadeus. I hear it's doing pretty well in Italy too. To that, I say, "Fantastico!"

Speaking of Amazon, click here to 
visit my author page on Amazon

In the music world, "Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars" is still getting loads of airplay on Pandora. Thank you everyone!

Cheers! 

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