ANDY ANDREWS: David, is there anything you tend to hide in the refrigerator so that no one else can get to it before you?
DAVID PHELPS: Coffee creamer. My day is off to a rocky start without it.
ANDY: I love to hear you sing, but one of the coolest things ever to me is watching other people listen to you. Their eyebrows go waaaay up! When were you aware that your voice was “unusual”?
DAVID: I grew up in a musical family. We all sang, so really, I just thought everyone else could sing, too. I chose football over singing until high school when a lot of the football team decided to join the choir. I had taken piano and could read music so that was right up my alley.I decided to audition to sing a solo at the annual high school Christmas choir concert. This was small-town Texas so pretty much the entire town came out for these events. I sang “Bethlehem Morning” on a mike in front of a closed curtain. I finished and rushed backstage before the last chord died away, but the choir director grabbed my arm and said, “They’re giving you a standing ovation!” I stuck my head through the curtain to see them. After the concert, I got in the car with my dad and said, “OK, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”And it was!
ANDY: What might I be surprised to find on your iPod?
DAVID: Well, I share an account with my kids, so sometimes when it’s on shuffle, even I’m surprised.Everything from Katy Perry to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Tony Bennett to Karen Carpenter to Beyoncé to the Civil Wars to Adele to Queen to who knows what.
ANDY: Do you have a hobby?
DAVID: I do some woodworking when I have time; we keep horses, and I hunt and fish with my boys.
ANDY: Good for you! So do I! Hey, when you were 10 or 12, what did you think you’d grow up to be?
DAVID: A marine biologist.
ANDY: David, so many people are awed by you … I wonder, who awes you and why?
DAVID: I have to say my dad. He is patient and kind to what I have decided is an unattainable degree.My running joke is: “I have given up trying to be like Dad, I think I’ll just shoot for trying to be like Jesus instead.” (Andy laughing) Of course, he scoffs at that like any good saint would. Others awe me from time to time, but this thing with my dad is chronic.
ANDY: What is your favorite old television show?
DAVID: No question … "Bewitched."
ANDY: Really? It’s my wife’s favorite, too! In fact, the "Bewitched" theme song is the ringtone on Polly’s cell phone.Hey, here’s a good question: Is there a song you really love,but for whatever reason, you have never recorded?
DAVID: Oh, yeah. Tons! I have an ongoing list titled, “Songs I Wish I’d Written.” There’s “I Will Be Free,” “I Love the Lord,” “What Sin,” “Time To Say Goodbye”… these are all on the list ... mainly because they move me. Another song on the list was “We Shall Behold Him.” But, I just recorded that on my new project! So I can check it off!
ANDY: Who would you kill to do a duet with?
DAVID: I’m not sure I understand your question correctly, but I would kill Wes Hampton to do a duet with Celine Dion. (Andy is on the floor laughing!) Oh ... I get it now ... Celine Dion.
ANDY: OK, let me catch my breath. One more question: If Lori could change one thing about you, what would it be?
DAVID: Probably my intensity. Everything is urgent and has to be done right now. Her “hurry bone” broke a long time ago. We balance each other out.