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Phillip Butler III

Phillip Butler III

Born February 17, 1986 in Chicago, IL, Phillip Butler III is no stranger when it comes to music. After all, he comes from a musically inclined family that consists of musicians and singers.

As a child growing up in church, Phillip knew he wanted to play drums but never got a chance to because he felt inferior to the other musicians who were older and more experienced. At age 11, Phillip’s dream came to past at Yahweh Church Of God In Christ in Minneapolis, MN. This was only the beginning and a foundation while he was learning his craft. At the end of summer 1999, the Butler Family left the Twin Cities and moved to a small town in St. Joseph, MO. A few months after adapting from the big city to a small town, he felt was an open opportunity to break ground. At age 13, Phillip started playing drums at his grandfather’s church. This opened doors for him to play for a local gospel quartet group, “Genesis 8”, and participate in a workshop with Clinician John Tatum from Dallas, TX. During Phillip’s first year of high school, the sound of brass, woodwinds, and percussion caught his eye. Even though he wasn’t in the band, still the music captured his heart. By the time Phillip was a sophomore, he took the challenge and joined the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Pep Band. Also, he took one-on-one lessons with his music teacher before classes start. By his junior year, his playing went to another level and became involved with the musical stage play, The Little Shop of Horrors. In addition to playing in church, he found a love for Broadway music. His main influences are Ricky Lawson, Teddy Campbell, Gordon Campbell, Calvin Rodgers and Tavarius “Varo” Johnson.

Proverbs 18:16 says “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” In 2007, Phillipbecame a professional drummer and percussionist, working on 3 musical productions Guy’s & Dolls, The Wizard of Oz and Joseph the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. At the beginning of 2009, he teamed up with the musician and songwriter, Norman Liggins, and the N.A.L. Band who shared the stage with R&B singer, Adriel. He also had the privilege to work along with Teresa McClendon, Betty Griffith-Keller, and recorded live with Efrem Byrd & Grace Beyond Measure. Phillip doesn’t want to be an ordinary drummer but also learn God’s purpose for his life. He is a role model and often finds himself giving pointers to young and upcoming musicians. Phillip received the opportunity to play city wide for various live recordings, CD releases, National and State conventions, concerts, musicals, etc.

What fuels Phillip’s vision is:
• Discipline
• Humility
• Eagerness to learn

Phillip has a great aspiration is to host a drum clinic or conduct a musician’s seminar. He wants others to learn how to build their technique during practices and performances.

Phillip sets the atmosphere where God gets the glory and not himself. This is his attitude whether it’s in the church or secular sector. You can find Phillip Butler III every Sunday at Life Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Kansas City,MO with the Life Support Band. He is a faithful musician who supports the work of the ministry.

Birthdate: February 17, 1986
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Residence: St. Joseph, MO
Instrument: Drums/Auxiliary Percussion


2009 – PRESENT Life Tabernacle Pentecostal Church Kansas City, MO
2006 – 2007 Greater Jesus Tabernacle Pentecostal Church St. Joseph, MO
2005 – 2006 Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Las Vegas, NV
2002 – 2004 Word of Faith Family Worship Center St. Joseph, MO
2000 – 2002 Hosley Chapel ICM St. Joseph, MO
1999 – 2000 House of Prayer Church of God In Christ St. Joseph, MO
1997 – 1999 Yahweh Church of God In Christ Minneapolis, MN


“Sound Village”, January 2010 – PRESENT
“Adriel”, June 2009 – March 2010
“The N.A.I. Band”, June 2009 – October 2009
“Irish Legacy”, October 2004


• “The Little Shoppe of Horrors”
• “The Fantasticks”
• “Guys & Dolls”
• “The Wizard of Oz”
• “Joseph and the Amazing Dream Coat”


Norman Liggins, June 2009 – PRESENT
Eli Williams, January 2009 – August 2011
John Tatum, May 2000 – August 2009


• August 2011 Concert featuring Stellar Award Nominee, Bettye Griffin-Keller (Kansas City, MO)
• July 2011 “A Night of Worship and Praise” Tour featuring His Grace, Keynote Productions (Kansas City,MO; Atchison, KS; and Omaha, NE)
• January 2011 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (St. Joseph, MO)
• December 2010 The Foster Family Christmas Concert (St. Joseph, MO)
• November 2010 Live Recording ─ Grace Beyond Measure (Olathe, KS)
• November 2010 Gospel Cantata Finale featuring Gospel recording artists Lemmie Battles and Rodney Bryant (Kansas City, MO)
• June 2009 Annual Juneteenth Celebration (Kansas City, MO)


References available upon request.