The Story Behind 2012’s Unlikely Hit Song – ‘Home’ by Phillip Phillips

Here’s the story behind one of our favorite songs of 2012

In an era where the pop music charts are dominated by thumping 808 drums, European Dub Step-esque Synths and topics more fit for late night TV – an unexpected little folk song latched onto the American consciousness to become one of the biggest songs of 2012.

From the moment Phillip Phillips performed “Home” on the American Idol stage, the tune all about “making this place your home” flew to number 6 on the Billboard charts, went triple platinum and was even featured as the theme song of the Summer Olympic games in London.

Although Phillips is a noted talented songwriter, he was given “Home” to perform on the American Idol finale as his coronation single by Interscope Records head honcho Jimmy Iovine. The song was co-written by Drew Pearson who had intended for the song to be recorded by English singer and friend Greg Holden. As fate would have it, Drew sent the song in for last minute consideration for the Idol finale and the executives at the label fell in love with it immediately. The rest is history.

When Pearson and his writing partner Greg Holden submitted “Home” for consideration, they specifically wanted Phillips to sing it because they felt that “the sentiment lined up nicely with his experience.” Pearson is referring to the “homecoming” episode where emotions were high when the cameras went to Phillips’ tight knit community who showed so much love and support for the young aspiring singer. Pearson told the Hollywood Reporter that “you could see that it’s a small town and everybody knows everybody. It ended up being perfect for him.”

After rehearsing for hours upon hours, the song grew on Phillip Phillips and he was even famously brought to tears while singing it after he had been announced as winner of the 11th season of American Idol.

It’s hard to pin point exactly what makes a song great. The best way to describe “Home’s” success is that it just makes you feel good. It makes you feel good because at the core of it, we all on some deep level believe in the power of ‘home’. And the emotional tone of the singer’s voice when he says “I’m going to make this place your home” brings back all the warm and happy memories we’ve had and look forward to having at home, with loved ones.


Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

And if you haven’t heard yet, we thought that “Home” would be the perfect backdrop to our new 2013 Advertising campaign. Check it out here!

Consumer Engagement Manager in the Marketing Department of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his role he works on all national TV and online advertising initiatives, heads the brands’ internal video production as well as a slew of other projects. He’s held other roles within the Marketing Department ranging from Previews & Product Development to the day to day management of the redesign. Besides being a marketer, Gustavo is a musician, writer, film & TV buff, avid sports fan, cereal aficionado, traveler, Tumblr and Tweeter.