Phillip White, tenor, is a member of the Emmanuel Quartet, a group that had its beginnings when Tim Reutebuch and Joey Davis began singing together in a male quartet at Highland Academy in Tennessee. A member since 1993, he has enjoyed being a member of a quartet that sings religious music a cappella with barbershop-style harmony.
White was fascinated from an early age with all types of music. His earliest memories include singing special music with his mother in church as a young boy. He later was a member of choirs in academy and, during his four years at Southern Adventist University, sang with the Die Meistersinger male chorus. He particularly enjoyed a 1994 Middle East tour with the group, during which he saw many historic Biblical cities and sights.
He joined the quartet while at SAU and regards his initial experience as a member of the group, where he observed the effect music can have on the soul, as a turning point in his musical journey. He, like other members of the group, believes their work is one that plays a special role in spiritual ministry.
Following graduation from SAU in 1996 with a B.A. in religious education, White taught Bible classes and computer literacy at Laurelbrook Academy in Tennessee for two years. He subsequently worked as an information technology manager for several years and is presently working as a substitute teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education in Tennessee and the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Source: Biography at The Emmanuel Quartet website (2010).