Craig & Dean Phillips Biography
Phillips, Craig and Dean is a Contemporary Christian Music trio comprised by Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean. They've been together since 1991 and they have had 18 #1 songs, several Dove nominations and one Dove award for participating in a special event album "My Utmost For His Highest". They have also sold over 2 million units.
Some of their most popular songs include "Favorite Song of All", "My Praise", "I Want to be Just Like You", "Friend of God", and "You Are God Alone".
Phillips, Craig & Dean was formed in 1991 by the desire of its three members to work through a musical ministry. Steadily they started gaining popularity in the Contemporary Christian Music environment.
In 1994 they released their debut album called Lifeline and followed it with Trust in 1995. In 1996 they released a Christmas album titled Repeat the Sounding Joy featuring the Christ Church Choir and the Nashville String Machine.
In 1997 they released Where Strength Begins. The following year, they released a compilation titled Favorite Songs of All. In 1999 they returned with Restoration.
In recent years, they've shed their mainstream pop roots and focused on more worship oriented music. On that line, they've released their latest albums. It was through Phillips' weekly TV program that Phillips, Craig & Dean discovered what would be the title track for their new CD. The praise & worship-themed show sought to discover the best song from an unknown songwriter with Michael Ferrin of Texarkana, Texas taking home the top prize. Once the judging was over, the top five winners came to Austin and the winning song debuted on an Awakening broadcast.
"When I heard him sing it live it was one of those moments," Phillips recalls. "I think when people hear it, it’s going to cause them to reach out to Christ with a renewed passion like they’ve never had before."
They've also contributed to several Contemporary Christian music compilations.