Phil Vassar sings “Another Day in Paradise”

Phillip George Vassar Jr., known professionally as Phil Vassar, is best known for his No. 1 hit, “Just Another Day in Paradise” that topped the charts in 2000. Like many country artists, Vassar also emerged as a leading songwriter, penning Tim McGraw’s “Next Thirty Years” and “For A Little While,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye,Bye,” and “I’m Alright,” Collin Raye’s “Little Red Rodeo” and Alan Jackson’s “Right on the Money.”
Prior to moving to Nashville to pursue a career in country music, Phil attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he became a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He took up playing the piano in college and began to perform in clubs around town. He began songwriting in 1990 and eventually made the move to Music City.
In 1999, Vassar was named “Country Songwriter of the Year” by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He was signed to Arista Nashville records the same year and released his self-titled debut album then following year. The Phil Vassar project produced five hits on the Billboard charts, earned a gold certification from the RIAA in the United States, and yielded his first number-one hit, “Just Another Day in Paradise.” The debut album was followed by American Child in 2002 and Shaken Not Stirred in 2004.
Vassar left Arista in 2006 to record with Universal South Records (presently Show Dog-Universal Music) where he released the album Prayer of a Common Man in early 2008.
Throughout his career, Vassar charted nineteen singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, including his second No. 1,  “In a Real Love,” which peaked in 2004.
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