Phil Good Signs to Elektra Records, Makes Major Label Debut With 'Wonder'

Zhamak Fullad
Phil Good

Phil Good has signed to Elektra Records, Billboard can exclusively announce today (Sept. 27). He also unveiled his major label debut single “Wonder” and announced a U.S. tour in support of Jaymes Young.

Six years ago, the singer-songwriter-producer was working as a touring guitarist -- but wanting to start a career of his own. While on the road, he connected with manager David Conway and his business partner Brandon Goodman (Billie Eilish, Finneas), who were on the hunt for a new client. “I have always been a fan of Phil’s,” says Goodman. “He has the innate ability to write big melodies and produce catchy music that feel fresh and specific to him.”

Born Jared Maldonado in Portland, Oregon, Phil Good grew up listening to Slipknot, John Mayer and Death Cab for Cutie. But on Conway and Goodman’s suggestion, he moved to Los Angeles in February 2016 and branched out stylistically -- he’s produced vocals for Chaka Khan’s daughter, Indira Khan, and more recently co-wrote stripped-down alt-pop track “Hazel” off Carlie Hanson’s 2019 EP, Junk.

As his resume grew, Phil Good was intent on staying independent, until Elektra Records reached out in fall 2018; the label noticed his self-produced, electro-pop track “Be Somebody” kept popping up on various streaming services’ playlists. By October, he was on a plane to New York for a meeting, and after two minutes with Elektra Music Group co-presidents Gregg Nadel and Mike Easterlin, he knew it was the right fit; he signed in February 2019. Nadel, too, says it was a no-brainer: “His music is rooted in great songwriting, which is a cornerstone for the label regardless of genre or style.”

The Spencer Graves-directed video for Phil’s major label debut single, “Wonder,” is also premiering below. “We just loved the idea of puppets representing thinking about someone from your past and who they’re with now,” Phil says of the video’s zany concept.

Phil adds that his upcoming debut full-length will follow the same pop-leaning path of the breakup song. He’ll test the new material out this fall, when he hits the road to open a tour of 300-capacity venues for Jaymes Young.

Check out the video for “Wonder” below, and see Phil’s tour dates after the jump.

Tour Dates

October 30, 2019 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
November 01, 2019 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
November 02, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
November 05, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
November 08, 2019 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
November 09, 2019 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
November 10, 2019 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
November 13, 2019 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
November 15, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line 
November 16, 2019 - Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
November 17, 2019 - Detroit, MI - El Club
November 19, 2019 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
November 21, 2019 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
November 22, 2019 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
November 23, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
November 24, 2019 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall

A version of this article originally appeared in the Sept. 28 issue of Billboard.

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