Season eleven “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips has earned his first Gold record. Only a few weeks after the singer released his debut single “Home”, the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – has certified the single gold for selling at least 500,000 copies – 278,000 of those in the first week.
The season eleven Idols are currently on tour and when the Idols performed at the Nokia Theater, the site of the Idol grand finale, fellow Idol Colton Dixon said, “before we start I have a surprise for you,” and presented Phillips with the Gold plaque.
Phillips responded with, “Wow, I feel so blessed to have it happen and just want to thank Greg Holden and Drew Pearson – ‘Home’ songwriters – and the fans who bought it. Can’t thank you enough.”
Born Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr, the guitar playing Idol helped out his father Phillip Sr. in the family pawn shop.
While Idol fans knew that Philips had some health issues during the season, it was not until after the season on “American Idol” had concluded until it was revealed that Phillips had some serious kidney issues that sent him to the hospital on a number of occasions. Once the season was over, Phillips had a surgical procedure to rectify the problem.
Phillips has yet to release any information about his debut album.