Fiddler from Michigan hopes to wow Simon Cowell on the ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

a man playing the fiddle on americas got talent

Philip Bowen plays the fiddle for his audition on the season premiere of "America's Got Talent" airing on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (Photo by Casey Durkin | NBC)


He’s been playing the fiddle since he was a little kid and now this Michigan man is about to show off his talent with the musical instrument in front of millions of people on the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent.”

UPDATE: Watch Philip Bowen’s audition and see if he advanced

38-year old Philip Bowen will perform in front of the viewers at home, the studio audience and the judges, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel on the hit NBC talent competition airing at 8:00 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, May 30th.

Bowen was born in West Virginia and has lived in Brownstown Township in Metro Detroit since transferring here because of his job back in 2014. He says he hopes exposure on “AGT” will help take his music from more of a hobby to a career.

“Over the last nine months to a year, it’s become more of a reality to me to do music and support my family and chase down that dream,” Bowen told MLive. “I really hope to go more in that direction. I just love performing, being creative and being an artist.”

Bowen says he’s been playing the fiddle since he was four years old, but over the years, he’s evolved into a singer/songwriter.

“In college I started picking up the guitar and doing songwriting. Currently, I do a lot of session work in performing as a fiddle player. I also do the singer/songwriter, artist thing. I’ve got my first full-length album coming out later this summer. It’s country/folk/Americana type stuff.”

Bowen says he was almost on “AGT” last year, but ended up getting a gig he couldn’t turn down.

“It didn’t work out last year because I landed the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. It was a terrific opportunity. So, I did that and then this year, everything kind of lined up. I went out to Pasadena and auditioned and here we are. I had a great time and didn’t know where I’d land in terms of TV before they told me I’d be on the season premiere which I was really ecstatic about.


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