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Phil Joel

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Philip Joel (Urry) is a musician known as a solo artist in addition to being the bassist for Newsboys. He uses the name Phil Joel professionally due to pronunciation issues with his surname.

Phil was born in Auckland, New Zealand and was adopted at birth. He left school to become a hairdresser. In his free time, he was lead singer and guitarist in the band Drinkwater.

Though he had little experience with the instrument, Newsboys offered him a position as bassist in 1995. He said at the time, “I already know how to play a guitar with six strings, four should be a cinch.” He also sings background and some lead vocals for the band.

In June of 2000, Phil released his first solo album, Watching Over You, on Inpop Records. He supported this album with the Strangely Normal Tour accompanied by LaRue, Luna Halo, Earthsuit, V*enna & Katy Hudson. His second solo album, Bring It On, was released in November 2002 also on Inpop. His third album, The deliberatePeople. Album, was released on November 18, 2005 in conjunction with Phil and Heather Joel’s newly founded Christian ministry, deliberatePeople.

His latest solo album follows his critically acclaimed sophomore 2002 release, Bring It On. Also in support of the ministry, his ministry website has journals containing a one-year Bible reading schedule and prayer guide. Both 12-month and 6-month Bible reading schedules are available on the dP website free of charge. The ministry also plans to have notes, journal entries, and insights corresponding with the one-year Bible reading schedule starting January 1, 2006.

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  • rocker_ego777

    I used to listen to him and the Newsboys as a kid, he's still looks hot, his wife is lucky

    10 Aug 7:41pm Reply
  • PacificToast

    hair + music = amazing, wish he was back with Newsboys. Now that Peter's gone, it's not quite as good.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Bananar_Hananar

    Newsboys called. They want their bass player back... [2]

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • CheyenneABrown1

    When Peter Furler and Phil Joel sang together it was like magic....Peter and Phil still sound without each other amazing but I love both of them singing together..they sound like angels.

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • NBandAshbylover

    Hey u dont no me buuuuut i became a HUGE newsboys fan after u left! :(

    28 Nov 2009 Reply
  • restinginlove

    evidently it wasn't the only phone call they made that day... phil seems content with dP and it seems to be taking off well enough. I don't see him wanting to return to putting it on the backburner and pursing crazy tour schedules and rarely being home anytime soon--not when he tours and still plays shows on his own terms. and I don't blame him.

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Sportsnut

    Newsboys called. They want their bass player back...

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • restinginlove

    ugh somebody please thumbs up some better pictures. this one is way too low quality to be the main picture.

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • jesusfreak013

    phil phil is so hotttttttt

    21 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mackil

    I have to agree, he's much better with the Newsboys. Still, Bring it On was pretty good (haven't heard deliberate people yet).

    19 Mar 2008 Reply
  • restinginlove

    while he is amazing....... I think he was better with the newsboys. just what he added stage-presence wise, and really, when he and peter sing together... they sort of form one voice. yeah. I'm grieving still :( but at least his solo stuff is good. so. I'll try to live.

    10 Mar 2008 Reply
  • LuckyStar007

    Look on HigherPraise.com =) Somebody also uploaded it to youtube recently.

    21 Oct 2007 Reply
  • thekatybee

    i used to listen to him back in the day. it doesn't look like anyone comes here. but i REALLY liked his music video for God is Watching Over You. but i can't find it anywhere on the web. does anyone have a link?

    2 Apr 2007 Reply

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