Hometown: Ocean City, MD
Phil Ritchie: Once a straight-A student? Former marching band member? Tattooed rocker Phil Ritchie is a bundle of surprising contradictions wrapped in a coolly confident demeanor.
Born in 1978 in the small town of Shadyside, Maryland, Phil was constantly on the move as a child, finally landing in Ocean City, Maryland. It was there that the impeccable student and jazz band member found life in rock and roll after he was asked to audition for the band Lennex. He nailed the audition, subsequently fronting the group with such success that they've toured the country racking up impressive stage time with national acts like Cake, Fuel, Bon Jovi and The Goo Goo Dolls.
An enigmatic, powerful performer, Phil finds musical inspiration in the likes of (and among many others) Tom Petty, Tool, Soundgarden, and Jeff Buckley. And with that inspiration, he inspires us as well.