Vassar made his debut on the country music scene in the late 1990s, co-writing singles for several country artists, including Tim Mc Graw ("For a Little While", "My Next Thirty Years"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye", "I'm Alright"), Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), and Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money").
In 1999, he was named by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as Country Songwriter of the Year.
That self-titled album included the Grammy Award-winning song “Walking in Memphis,” which was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal at the 34 annual Grammy Awards in 1992. Cohn had two more releases in the 1990s and then went on a decadelong sabbatical that ended in 2007 with “Join the Parade,” which was inspired by the events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near-fatal shooting just weeks before, according to the bio on his website.The affable star does not yet have a release date for the new batch of songs, but hopes to have it out by the end of the year. I've gotta try to let that sort of flush itself out a little bit and maybe write about something a bit different." "It (bro-country) works, apparently, because everybody's kinda doing it, on a dirt road or whatever, but there's a lot of great songwriters in Nashville.As it's country music and the year is 2015, will he be embracing modern themes, i.e. I just think it's like anything; it's cyclical and it'll change." Aside from finishing - and hopefully releasing - his new album, 2015 will see Phil out on the road doing his thing all over the country.I asked who was the lucky woman that he kissed several times in the video and with a big smile on his face, he said that was his girlfriend, whom he just started dating at the time and that they kissed a lot.He enjoyed every aspect of making that video and said that the young man that portrays him in the video was a great actor and fun to work with.The entire lineup for the 2016-17 season was released Tuesday night and includes country music star Phil Vassar, actress and jazz singer Molly Ringwald, bluegrass, country and gospel singers Dailey & Vincent, the Celtic Tenors, the Zoe Speaks mountain music trio, the Alabama Troubadours folk band and the Rhythmic Circus percussive dance group.“It’s a reunion season,” said Matina Johnson, the Hoover Public Library’s fine arts director.All of the acts have performed at the Library Theatre in years past since the 250-seat theater first opened in 1991, Johnson said.Library officials wanted to bring back some of the best acts they’ve had, she said.1: 2000's "Just Another Day in Paradise" and 2004's "In a Real Love".Over the past six years I’ve tried to spend as much time as I can with my girls, reflect on the past, ponder the future, and make a record that illustrates my growth as an artist. A big thanks to everyone who made this album possible. So, thanks, enjoy the record, and I can’t wait to see you soon in your town.