Duncan Phillips, Gifted Drummer Of Newsboys

No one would leave Duncan Phillips out if it’s about the Christian Pop music scene. He is a talented and accomplished Christian pop-rock drummer best known for his work with the popular band Newsboys.

With a passion for music and his faith, Duncan has used his platform as a musician to spread a positive message of hope and love to listeners worldwide.

In this article, we’ll discuss how superb Duncan Phillips is and how he contributes to his bands and the gospel music industry as a whole. Keep continuing to read this article!

Who is Duncan Phillips?

Duncan Phillips With Jody Davis
Duncan Phillips with Jody Davis

Duncan Phillips is an Australian-born drummer that has been focused on Christian music since he started his music career. He was born on March 3, 1964, into a family with parents, two sisters, Melissa and Gita, and one brother, Tim.

Born and raised in Australia, Phillips has been making music for most of his lifetime and has garnered a devoted fan base for his dynamic and energetic performances. He’s most known as a member of the Christian Rock band Newsboys since 1993. With the band, she received many awards and appreciation, either from critics or fans.

Not long after joining Newsboys, Duncan Phillips became the band’s mainstay, along with the guitarist Jody Davis. Besides making music and performing with the band, Duncan also appeared in God’s Not Dead films.

Music career journey

Duncan Phillips With His Members
Duncan Phillips (second from the right) with His Members

Duncan Phillips is a seasoned drummer with a long and successful career in the music industry. He began his journey as a musician at a young age and quickly gained recognition for his talent and passion for music.

Phillips is best known for his work with the Christian pop rock band Newsboys, which he has been a member of since 1993. However, before becoming their drummer, he actually joined as a keyboardist and became their percussionist in 1994. However, he spent most of his career with the band as a drummer, from 1997 until now.

Throughout his career, Phillips has been famous as the mainstay of Newsboys. He has recorded and toured extensively with the group, performing at venues around the world and helping to create a unique and memorable sound.

Today, he is regarded as one of the best drummers in the Christian pop industry and is respected for his contributions to the genre. He also received many achievements with the band, like winning a 1995 Dove Award for “Rock Album of the Year,” as an example.


Duncan Phillips (Left) With Newsboys Members
Duncan Phillips (left) with Newsboys Members

For about 20 years of his music career, Duncan Phillips has had a wide range of discography in the gospel genre. His first album with the band was titled Going Public (2014), the band’s fifth album and their first real hit.

In 1996, Newsboys recorded a follow-up album, Take Me to Your Leader, with an expanded band line-up with bassist Phil Joel and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein as the additional members. The album later became the group’s third Dove award for “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year” nomination.

Newsboys Song That Became a Movie

Newsboys’s God’s Not Dead Music Video

In addition to his work as a musician, Phillips has also made appearances in the popular God’s Not Dead film franchise. Based on the hit song of the same name, the films follow the story of a college student who stands up for his faith against a skeptical professor.

Phillips makes a cameo appearance in the first film and has a more prominent role in the second sequel; God’s Not Dead 2. His involvement in the movie has helped raise his profile in the Christian entertainment industry and allowed him to reach a wider audience.


Duncan Phillips is a talented and accomplished Christian pop-rock drummer who has made a name for himself in the music industry. As a member of the Newsboys, he has recorded and toured extensively, performing for fans all over the world and helping to create unique and excellent gospel songs.

Phillips’ contributions to the industry have helped to make him one of the top Christian drummers in the world, and he continues to entertain music fans with his splendid skill.

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Andrea is a music lover and an experienced drummer with more than 15 years of drumming with different bands and music projects, such as Seditius and Hermano & the Marines.

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