Shirley Halperin from THR, talked to one of the composers of Phillip Phillips’ coronation song “Home” last night after the American Idol Finale.
Drew Pearson originally co-wrote the song with Greg Holden, but it was pitched to Jimmy Iovine as a possible finale song. Jimmy liked it immediately.
Here’s the song performed by Greg Holden just last April 4, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. Sounds like this might have been a last minute — and brilliant — song choice for Phillip by Jimmy.
A possible game-changing moment during Wednesday’s American Idol performance show? Phillip Phillips’ final number which could easily go down in Idol history as the best coronation song ever.
“Home” was written by songwriter Drew Pearson, who’s worked with more than his share of Idol alums before, including Adam Lambert, Casey Abrams and Lee DeWyze. It was originally meant for British artist Greg Holden, but was submitted to Idol as a possible finale number by Pearson’s publishing company, Pulse Recordings.
“Pulse has a relationship with Jimmy Iovine and were able to pitch the song directly to him,” Pearson tells The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. “Jimmy heard it and loved it and that was it.”
The distinct Mumford & Sons feel was no accident either. “I do love Mumford,” Pearson confesses. “I also like Arcade Fire and there’s some of that, too, along with a few Irish bands that influenced it.”
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