Phil Madeira

Music, writings, and art

This is a site dedicated to the creative output of Phil Madeira, a Nashville-based musician, artist, and writer.  Phil has been a behind-the-scenes shaker and mover as a band member (Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys, Buddy Miller, The Phil Keaggy Band) and session musician / songwriter (Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buddy Miller, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Daniel Amos, Amy Grant, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Civil Wars, Julie Miller, The Band Perry, and many more).

This site is dedicated to what Phil is doing as a front man, author, and painter / artist.  Thanks for visiting! 


Our songwriter workshops are inspiring and guaranteed to light your creative fire.  Merrill Farnsworth & Phil Madeira have led workshops together and separately; when they combine their gifts, something fantastic happens.




Here are a few songwriter testimonials:

"I am still riding high from my workshop experience with Merrill and Phil. I have been a part of Merrill’s writing circles for about a year so I know how she can pull things out of me that I didn’t know were there.  The combination of Merrill’s writing exercises and Phil’s vast experience as a songwriter were a great combination. As a relatively new songwriter, I gained confidence and went away inspired and ready to go back for more." Jenna Longmire

"The tag-team workshops of Merrill Farnsworth and Phil Madeira allowed for high intensity focus on both lyric writing and song crafting. Each exercise, lesson, and collaboration is a happening. The comradery of co-writing made each session a once in a lifetime experience. The positive, accepting environment and the love and kindness shared made it feel like we were in a place called Mercyland."  Chuck McDowell

"I've been writing for about ten years but somewhere along the way, I lost my voice and passion to write. Merrill (poet, lyricist, playwright) was great at pulling out my creativity and digging into a part of me I didn't even know existed. I couldn't wait for the next session! Phil Madeira is one of the best musicians and songwriters in the industry. I loved his soul and passion for breaking down the meaning of a song. I couldn't wait to hear what he said about each song I wrote." Joy Anderson

"Mercyland Songwriter Workshop was everything I hoped for, and more. Merrill helped me tap into and express thoughts and ideas that I wasn’t aware even existed. Phil then helped me craft my thoughts into tangible and coherent lyrics. Mercyland created an environment of trust, intimacy and learning."  Jonathan Richardson