A sophomore follow-up to a successful debut album would be a lot of pressure for most people. But after going through the "American Idol" maelstrom in 2012 -- and winning -- Phillip Phillips took making the new "Behind the Light" in stride.
And in some ways, he says, it was easier.
"The first album had a big lead-up, but it was all so fast and I didn't get to do as much as I wanted with the music and everything," explains the 23-year-old Georgia native, whose "The World From the Side of the Moon" went platinum and launched the hits "Home" and "Gone, Gone, Gone." "This time we just took our time and there was no rush and we really got to experience the songs and really listen to them and hear what was going on and what we wanted to do with them.
"So this album really represents me in all those ways, and it jsut takes you through so many different types of emotions and characters, moreso than the last one."
But, Phillips adds, fans can rest assured that "Behind the Light," which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in May, wasn't entirely pressure-free.
"Anybody who says they don't (feel pressure), they're lying," Phillips notes. "So I definitely felt it a little bit, but I kept in mind that I wanted to show people more of me, more of my personality and the music and the lyrics. I wanted to write the right singles for me; it couldn't just be bubble-gum pop. It took us some time, but I'm really proud of every song on this album, single or not."
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