Philip Murphy (American Idol) Biography

Philip Murphy goes by the name “Murphy” is a young American singer who gained fame after participating in season 19 of the American singing reality show American Idol where he auditioned by singing “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers which was loved by all the judges and the audience and won a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Early Life

Philip Murphy was born as Philip Murphy Wiggin on December 16, 1992, in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States of America. He has not mentioned the name of his parents but once said that his dad was a big fan of Lionel Ritchie and also it was his dad who introduced him to Philip. Philip has a sibling named Phylecia Wiggins. He has an aunt named Brandie Avrett and cousins named Elizabeth Henry and Kiara Wiggins. As a school student, Philip attended Old Mill High School. He has not mentioned anything about his higher studies like the college or university he attended or the field he majored in. He mentioned that he started singing by busking on the streets of Seattle.

Philip Murphy American Idol

Philip Murphy started his music career on stage by first auditioning on the American reality show American Idol which is a show in which several participants from America showcase their talent in front of a panel of judges to win the title and record label deal. In the show, Murphy showcased his guitar skills and amazing singing skills which made him receive yes from the judge’s Lionel and Luke.

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Philip was listed in the “Indie- Folk” category where he sang “I Got a Name” which is originally a Jim Croce song, and then he dueted with Lizzy O’Very and sang “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac.  In the show stopper round, Murphy sang “Am I Still Mine?” and while whittling the first group of 64 competitors to 24, he was then eliminated from the show which made the judges, as well as the audience, disappointed.


In the recent episode of the American Idol, Philip Murphy was seen appearing in the show as a Wild Card Contestant as the reason for his elimination was stated as not right for the series while another competitor who had the same indie music nearly won the competition. Ever since his audition, Murphy won the hearts of viewers and literally became a fan favorite to win the show as well. Although all three judges seemed not at all impressed thus they didn’t select him for further rounds.

He received immense support and love from the people and even stated that they were watching the show for talented musicians and Murphy was a gem and he deserved to get selected. Therefore, contradicting the whole decision-making and to be fair, Philip Murphy was brought back to the show.

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Philip Murphy Biography

Real Name Philip Murphy Wiggins
Birth Date December 16, 1993
Age 28 Years
Birth Place Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Nationality American
Profession Street Musician
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Sagittarius

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 0” – in Centimetres – 183 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 79 kg  –  in Pounds –  174 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Type Slim


Sister Phylecia Wiggins
Brother Johnny Clegg & Brandon Avrett



Relationship Status

Marital Status Single
Affair No
Is he a Gay? No
Who is his Girlfriend/Boyfriend?

Personal Life

Philip Murphy has been quite secretive about his personal life but according to his Facebook profile, he is bisexual who is interested both in men and women or can be mentioned as he is still exploring his sexuality. Since his sexuality is still a secret, there is no information about his boyfriend or girlfriend.

Philip Murphy Net Worth

Murphy is a 28- year- old who gained popularity on social media and turned into social media star by his singing talent. There are no details available regarding his exact worth however, he racked around $60 a day.


  • Murphy moved to Seattle, Washington in 2021 from Yelm, Washington.
  • He is someone who cherishes music a lot and mentions that old folk/ rock music describes him.
  • He was eliminated from season 19 of American Idol on his 28th birthday.
  • Murphy became famous on social media for singing the cover of “Blind Boy Music.”
  • He sang almost 10 original songs of his own which were available all over Spotify.
  • Murphy suffers from a degenerative eye disease due to which his right eye is gone and his left eye would lose sight while he would be in his mid-thirties.
  • He was once robbed when Josh Gad found Philip on Twitter and asked him if he would write a song for them on Central Park TV.

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