Phillip Donald, Singer-Songwriter

Phillip Donald joined the SmorgShow Gang in the summer of 2010 after Ally came home from a day at the playground. Chris was not happy that his daughter brought a stranger home, let alone a man in his late 20’s who was hanging around an elementary school playground.

But it turned out that Phillip had a very innocent, childlike presence about him and soon it became apparent that he would go on to be really big someday. His musical abilities were like nothing Chris and Ally had ever heard before and they immediately decided to take him under their wing and give him a platform to present his compositions.

What transpired from there was quite the journey: After the successful launch of Phillip’s debut album ‘Such a Good Ugly Thing’, he started writing his follow-up LP, ‘For the Kiddies‘ which was going to be a collection of songs for children. However, shortly after releasing the first single ‘Hide and Seek‘, Phillip was arrested for lewd behavior on a school playground and spent nearly a year in prison where he began writing a collection of songs including the track which would become the title track for his next album, ‘Break Loose’. Phillip was eventually released from prison and was eager to begin touring when the covid-19 pandemic struck. Phillip was forced into isolation where he completed his masterpiece follow-up sophomore LP, ‘Break Loose’, a concept album which took on a double meaning from being in prison and as well as being a prisoner in self-isolation.

Phillip Donald Uber Friend

Uber Friend is the second single from Phillip’s long-awaited sophomore album, Break Loose. Uber Friend was inspired during the Covid-19 lockdown when Phillip rarely left his house and relied on Uber Eats and other food delivery services for his meals. This is a sentimental song about Phillip’s friendship with a particular Uber Eats driver.

Lyrics:

One more towel wipe across my head
I’ll tell you what’s going down
Got my glucose meter and my stretch pants too
I open Uber Eats and go to town
I place my order and I hit submit
And check the wait time…45 minutes

CHORUS
I track his route on GPS
There’s nose prints on the window glass
My tummy is turning but I can’t tell
If it’s the butterflies or that I haven’t eaten since twelve
He’s got my food in hand
Here comes my Uber Friend

A pepperoni pizza and a side of hot wings
A chimichanga dinner with chips!
It won’t be long before my buddy arrives
And my hearty feast meets my lips
I check my order status to see if it’s time
But it’s been a minute
And my stomach is whining

CHORUS
I track his route on GPS
There’s nose prints on the window glass
My tummy is turning but I can’t tell
If it’s the butterflies or that I haven’t eaten since twelve
He’s got my food in hand
Here comes my Uber Friend

BRIDGE

We’ve gotten rather close you see
There’s details that he knows of me
Details that he says he did not need
He fills my every need
Bringing dinner, that’s the deed!
He’s lucky that’s me he feeds
With what I order you should see the fees!

CHORUS
I track his route on GPS
There’s nose prints on the window glass
My tummy is turning but I can’t tell
If it’s the butterflies or that I haven’t eaten since twelve

He’s got my food in hand
You’d think that he’s Superman
He’s bringing soup and bread
Here comes my Uber Friend
It’s my Uber Friend


© 2021 SmorgShow Productions, Music and Lyrics by Phillip Donald

New Phillip Donald Album Announced!

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10 years following the release of his debut album, ‘Such a Good Ugly Thing’, Phillip Donald is back bigger and better than ever with his new release ‘Break Loose’.

The title track was released as a single in December 2018 to commemorate the 100th episode of the SmorgShow Podcast. In the song, Phillip reflects upon his brief time in prison following an incident involving ‘lewd behavior’. After performing the song live on episode 100, Phillip had planned to continue writing for his follow-up album. However, in 2020 he was forced into lockdown due to COVID-19 where his creative juices exploded on paper and wrote the remainder of the tracks from the lens of isolation. “Break Loose” is every bit the concept album on the level of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and the Who’s ‘Tommy’.

The next single from the album, Uber Friend, is scheduled to be released in July 2021.

Break Loose – Phillip Donald

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Phillip Donald has completed his first new recording in 6 years. The song ‘Break Loose’ was written during Phillip’s 6-month stay in a federal penitentiary. Phillip was convicted of lewd public behavior in April 2018 and was sentenced to one year in prison. Phillip was released on parole 6 months early and came out to perform his song for the SmorgShow gang on their 100th episode.

Lyrics:

I’m not the kind of guy you think I am

Sophisticated all around I even roast yams

So don’t you say I don’t have class

I’m not the roaming creep that they say I am

Don’t make your accusations just because I drive a van

They took my every pound of dignity

How many times do I have to say

It’s not me that you should be taking away

I’ve got three bags of candy still left inside

But officers are clear about taking bribes

Chorus

Why is it a crime if I decide to share my smile with you

Here I wallow in my thoughts

Just hoping I will soon break loose

****

I never even got the chance to explain

Now there’s local news alerts and orders of restrain

How will I ever tell my mom?

I’m sleeping on a bed with no lumbar support

Breakfast lunch and dinner here are really a bore

Tallies on the wall and lyrics to this song

Hoping that I won’t be here for long

Chorus

Why is it a crime if I decide to share my smile with you

Here I wallow in my thoughts

Just hoping I will soon break loose

© 2018 SmorgShow Productions, Music and Lyrics by Phillip Donald

Phillip Donald Arrested!!

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We are all very shocked and saddened to learn that world-renowned recording artist and frequent guest on the SmorgShow Podcast, Phillip Donald, has been arrested on lewd behavior charges at a Baltimore, MD elementary school playground.

Details are being closely guarded.  As soon as we have  more information to share we will report them on this website.

Update 4/15/18:  Phillip has been convicted of lewd public behavior and has been sentenced to one year in prison.  

Hide and Seek by Phillip Donald


Phillip Donald’s New CD, “For the Kiddies” will be released this fall.  In the meantime, enjoy the brand new single “Hide and Seek”.

This is the first original work from Phillip Donald since 2011’s classic “Such a Good Ugly Thing“, which debuted at #671 on the Bulgaria pop charts and yielded such hits as “Revenge Time”, “Shut Your Face” and “I’d Rather Eat All Day”.

Now Phillip has returned to the scene with a collection of children’s songs which will certainly join the ranks of other classics by Peet Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Burl Ives.

Phillip Donald’s Debut Release!

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Phillip Donald drops by the SmorgShow Podcast for an exclusive interview with Chris and Dave on the eve of his debut album, ‘Such A Good Ugly Thing‘.

Such a Good Ugly Thing – Promotional Spot

Select Tracks from the LP

Shut Your Face
April Fool’s Day
Be My Valentine
Grandma’s Ghosts
I’d Rather Eat All Day
Revenge Time
Signs of Autumn
It’s Your Birthday
Such a Good Ugly Thing

Phillip Donald Joins the SmorgShow Podcast

Phillip Before Fame

We are very excited to welcome Phillip Donald to the SmorgShow Podcast as a full-time, creative contributor!

Phillip has had a challenging time over the past several years overcoming health issues related to his weight.  Now that he is in top form, he is planning to devote his time and energy into his life-long dream of becoming a singer-songwriter.  We feel the SmorgShow Podcast is the perfect platform to support Phillips dreams.