Swann is the author of Cold War Copa, Mekong Delta Blues, Tinsel Town Tango, and Ships & Salsa, the first four books in the Trip Callaway Gig mystery series, also known as The Sideman Mysteries. Other books by Swann include The Song of Eleusis and The Mozart Conspiracy. The Mozart Conspiracy is published in Italian under the title, Il Codice Amadeus.
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.
A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann's production credits include: Helen Slater, Kelly Macleod, The Good Mad, The Sweet Potatoes, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, and Dan Nahmod. Solo projects by Swann include the critically acclaimed jazz recording, "Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars," and the EP, "Age of Opportunity."
For the stage, Swann is the composer of 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 • 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, Neil Simon's Musical Fools, is a musical farce co-authored by Phil Swann, Ron West and Neil Simon.