- Phil Young -
Click here to see Phil in the 80s
Photographs by Tim Harris and James Spence
artistic credits go all the way back to the Sixth Form at Cheney School, Oxford, England
back in the mid-eighties. Even then he was writing the lyrics to many songs, some of which
are performed to this day. He and Laurence Williams, the other half of the music writing
duo have between them produced over 350 songs and Phil has written over two
thousand lyrics to date.
His credits include the setting up of WHY Productions (commonly referred to just as WHY), a film and music-based company which seeks to promote the talents of its performers as well as the talents of Phil and Laurence. He also co-wrote HOOD - The Musical with Laurence Williams which has had interest from some of the biggest music publishers around. The musical has so far been performed in Liverpool and looks set to hit other regions of England soon.
They branched out to write school musicals such as, DAY TRIP TO BETHLEHEM, CALL OF THE WORLD, GREAT BRITONS and END OF THE RAINBOW. New shows, such as Robin Hood (featuring all new songs) are being written and planned all the time.
Phil is currently working on a through composed show based on the movies "Sabrina" and "Sabrina Fair." Phil has also started working on Jukebox musicals. The first completed, 2X2, is written to songs written by Williams and Young. Phil has also finished Martin, Second Coming, Showstopper, Love Off Key, A Christmas Night, Broken Pieces and Yesterday Once More. In addition, No Country On The Moon, Time And Again, Death March and an as yet untitled show, are all close to completion.
Phil and Laurence have also produced the soundtracks for A HILL OF BEANS and XONUS for Misfits. Both these soundtracks are available from WHY. His other major credit is the setting up the CD arm of WHY. Phil is also responsible for the photographic side of WHY, examples of which you can see on many WHY web pages.
He has also been involved with the writing of scripts and one of these was turned into the critically approved TAKING WHAT'S MINE film. A soundtrack CD of the production (written by Williams and Young) has been produced and is available from WHY.
Other current work includes a TV series, PETER AND THE PENGUINS, with twenty-three episodes written so far. He is also in the planning stages of another through composed musical called Ordinary Guy. More TV projects are planned including, DREAM WORLD, BEEB, and THE LOST TOYS.
He is currently revisiting some of his older scripts with the idea of updating them and releasing when appropriate. Darkness Falls, Time Stands Still, Still The Same, The Price Of Love, Staying On and Akin are all in this category.
Phil is the contact point for most of WHY's clients and as such is the 'face' of WHY, an important role taking a lot of his time. He is the co-ordinator of the many projects belonging to WHY, consulting on a daily basis with the other members of WHY, Tim Harris and Laurence Williams.