Phillip Sandifer is a writer, recording artist and music producer. His music is primarily
known within the Contemporary Christian music field. He has recorded with such artists
as Jennifer Warnes, Wendy Foy (Sierra), Billy Crockett, Bob Bennett and Michele Wagner
and written music for Glen Campbell, Fernando Ortega, Bob Bennett, Dawn Smith Jordan
(Miss South Carolina), Gary Powell and others. He has participated on recordings
distributed by EMI, Disney, BMG and Warner Music Group although most of his solo
recordings have been released on Urgent Records, an independent label founded by
Sandifer in 1984, Selfless Music and more recently Wider Sky Music.
Phillip Sandifer was born in Baltimore, MD in 1959 but moved to Dallas, TX as a youth. He
attended Highland Park High School (University Park, TX), Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
and the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in History. He holds
Masters degrees from Clemson University (Clemson, SC) and Gordon-Conwell Theological
Seminary (South Hamilton, MA). Currently he is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree
in Christian Worship at Covenant Seminary. He has been married to Rene Burchard
Sandifer since 1984. They have 4 children.
Sandifer began his music career in 1981, when he created an album on a minimal budget.
He has authored and performed six #1 songs (as noted in CCM Magazine and The
Christian Research Report) in the Christian Music field. His top songs include "Just
Because You Are" (#1), "When It's All Been Said And Done" (#1), "Learning To Love You"
(#1), "The Less Traveled Road" (#1), "From A Broken Heart" (#1), "What You Mean To
Me" (#1), "Man Of Compassion" (#1), "Arizona Highway" (#10), "On My Way" (#11). He
has produced twenty five full-length albums for himself and others. Phillip and his
brother Michael record as the group Santa Fe which achieved two top ten songs "Wider
Sky" (#10) and "Love Speaks Louder" (#8) on their debut recording "Moon Circles".
Sandifer acknowledges that while financial gain may elude those choosing the route of
the independent label there is a great deal of satisfaction in creating largely on one's own
terms. While not as visible as many artists, maintaining artistic control over his music has
allowed for a career described as "constant" and music described as "consistent". His
releases were originally distributed on Urgent Records through Sparrow Distribution
(now known as EMI Christian Music) followed by Benson Distribution (now known as
Provident-Integrity Distribution). In 1998 Phillip participated in Disney Records "A Bugs
Life Sing Along" which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999.
In 1999 Phillip withdrew from the music industry in order to focus on expanding Christian
radio's reach in the Austin, TX metro area, finish his educational pursuits and spend more
time at home with his family. In 2000 he joined a local church staff in order to participate
in furthering the involvement of the contemporary arts in church settings. In 2004 he
participated as a guest vocalist on his second Disney Recording - "Luv-A-Byes", recording
the Kenny Loggins classic (and one of Phillip's favorites) "Return To Pooh Corner".
Between 1999 and 2005 Phillip participated in launching 4 new radio stations
broadcasting largely Christian music programming in the Austin, TX area. In addition, he
launched a local community radio station (KDRP-LP, aka K-Drip) to serve his local
community of Dripping Springs, TX. KDRP plays an eclectic mix of music including Texana
flavored music and involves many local personalities. Phillip currently serves as the
Worship & Arts Director at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, KS. In 2010-11
he renewed his writing and recording career releasing two new solo projects "Prone To
Calamity" and "Expressions: Songs Of Worship" (an album of worship songs). Of "Prone
To Calamity" Cross Rhythm's Phil Thomson noted "This has to be one of the best self-
produced albums I have come across in many a years. In January of 2012 Sandifer
released "Simple Hymns", the first of what he says will be an ongoing yearly offering of
traditional hymns produced in his simplistic acoustic guitar based style.
Phillip contributes a percentage of the proceeds from all of his recordings to The
Global Orphan Project (www.theglobalorphanproject.org) and The International Justice
Mission (www.ijm.org) believing that music really can matter in the world not only in
proclaiming Christ but in creating awareness and financial assistance in helping
organization such as these which are seeking to house and cloth orphans and eradicate