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Phil Swann's career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than 30-years as a composer, author, playwright, performer, and producer. A short list of his work includes:

• The hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool, Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new musical
The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical (NOTE: The People vs. Friar Laurence is now published by Samuel French and was remounted in 2016 by The Second City and Steppenwolf theatre)
DeLEARious, Garland Award winner for Best New Score
• In A Booth at Chasen's
• Trombone
• Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
• It Had To Be You

His latest work for the theatre, Neil Simon's Musical Fools (published by Samuel French), is a musical farce co-authored by Phil Swann, Ron West and Neil Simon. 

Swann is the author of Cold War Copa and Mekong Delta Blues, the first two books in the Sideman Mysteries series. Other books by Swann include The Song of Eleusis and The Mozart Conspiracy. The Mozart Conspiracy has achieved international success and is also published in Italian under the title, Il Codice Amadeus. Swann is currently working on the third book in the Sideman Mysteries series entitled, Tinsel Town Tango.  

As a songwriter, Phil Swann's songs have been used in countless TV shows, movies, and have been recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Strickland, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Eamonn McCrystal and Lee Greenwood.

A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann's production credits include: Helen Slater, The Good Mad, The Sweet Potatoes, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, Dave Aguallo and Dan Nahmod. Solo projects by Swann include the critically acclaimed jazz recording, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars, and the pop EP, Age of Opportunity.

Phil Swann is a favorite speaker at organizations throughout the United States and Canada. His creative workshops have been embraced by The Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, ASCAP, and UCLA, where Swann teaches the art and craft of writing, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school's Music Production Program. Swann is also an advisor and adjunct professor at the Los Angeles College of Music.

Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Swann is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He now makes his home in Los Angeles, California.

Books / Plays / Music



4/13/18 - The audio version of Cold War Copa is now available at Read by the magnificent actor and voice artist Steve Staley

4/3/18 - New quarter begins at LACM. Looking forward to meeting some great new songwriters.

1/4/18 - My new book, Mekong Delta Blues is now available on Amazon for preorder. 

1/1/18 - Happy New Year!

12/21/17 - Happy Holidays to all!

12/20/17- Great last quarter at LACM. Well done, my fellow songwriters. 

5/21/17 - Trip Callaway got a Twitter account today. Follow him @TripCallaway. 

5/14/17 - Publisher just informed me Cold War Copa bounced up nearly a hundred thousand spots in the Amazon rankings. Thank you, friends!

5/10/17 - In the studio today with The Sweet Potatoes; Laura Hall, Kelly Macleod, Rick Hall. Stay tuned, this is going to be a good one.

4/19/17 - New classes have begun at LACM. Talented folks! 

3/14/17 - Cold War Copa, book one in the new series, "The Sideman Mysteries," is released TODAY!

3/14/17 - Thanks to all the students at LACM for another great quarter. What a talented bunch of folks you guys are. 

2/25/17 - Cold War Copa, Book One in The Sideman Mysteries, is scheduled for release 3/14/17. 

1/9/17 - New quarter begins at LACM.  

1/8/17 - Cold War Copa: a Sideman Mystery. Release date 3/14/17 by Hartwood Publishing. This is the first book in my new Sideman Mystery series. I'm looking forward to all of you reading it.  

10/8/16 - Thrilled to announce the publication of the new musical comedy, "Musical Fools." I co-wrote this with the great Ron West, and the legend himself, Neil Simon. Yes, dreams do come true.

10/3/16 - New classes have begun at LACM. What a great bunch of songwriters. This should be fun. 

8/23/16 - This summer's LACM classes are spectacular. Don't believe me? See them perform this weekend at Comic Con in Palm Springs. 

5/10/16 - The Mozart Conspiracy is now available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple's iBook store, and fine bookstores everywhere. The book is now published by Hartwood Publishing with a splashy new cover and fresh edit. 

3/31/16 - Congratulations to the LACM graduating class. Nice work, guys.

3/3/16 - The Song of Eleusis is now available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple's iBook store, and fine bookstores everywhere.

2/24/16 - The Song of Eleusis is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and fine bookstores everywhere!

2/22/16 - In a couple of weeks, murder, mystery, and mayhem befall a dude in Nashville named Ben Lambros. #songofeleusis

1/17/16 - Getting to know my winter 2016 class at The Los Angeles College of Music. What a fine bunch of humans.

1/1/16 - Hello 2016. Happy New Year everyone!

12/17/15 - Thank you to the 2015 Fall songwriting class at UCLA. You guys have been terrific! 

9/12/15 - Working with the brilliant orchestrator and arranger, Luke Hannington, on the score to
Musical Fools, the hilarious new musical comedy written by yrs truly, Phil Swann, Ron West and the legendary Neil Simon. Very proud of this piece, and to be in the company of these people. 

6/28/15 - Book news. I'm thrilled to announce I've signed a new publishing deal with Hartwood Publishing. They will be releasing my next mystery thriller, The Song of Eleusis. Release date is 3/3/16. Can't wait for you all to read it.  

Hartwood Publishing has also taken over publishing of my previous novel, The Mozart Conspiracy. As such, the book is temporarily off Amazon while it gets a fresh, spit n' polish by the new publisher. It'll be back up soon. In the mean time, The Mozart Conspiracy is still available in Italian under the title, Il Codice Amadeus. I hear it's doing pretty well in Italy too. To that, I say, "Fantastico!"

Speaking of Amazon, click here to 
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In the music world, "Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars" is still getting loads of airplay on Pandora. Thank you everyone!


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