Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter. Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists, including Craig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.
O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include Parmalee’s current single, "Already Callin You Mine,” Blake Shelton's #1, “Doin’ What She Likes,” George Straits 60th #1, "Give It All We Got Tonight,” #1 single, “Back When I Knew It All,” recorded by Montgomery Gentry. Other cuts include “Love Remembers,” “I Got You” and "More Trucks Than Cars" by Craig Morgan; “Tougher Than Nails” by Joe Diffie, “Fore She Was Mama” and “She Won't Be Lonely Long” by Clay Walker; Darryl Worley’s “Sounds Like Life to Me;” “He's Mine” by Rodney Atkins.
O’Donnell has also had songs cut by Darius Rucker, Eastin Corbin,Craig Campbell, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Parmalee, Jawga Boyz, Trace Atkins, Chris Janson,Matt Stillwell, Matt Mason, Mark Chesnut, Gord Bamford, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Jason Blaine, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, James Wesley, Ash Bowers, Joey & Rory, High Valley, Marty Raybon, Gabe Garcia, Guy Pinrod, Lila McCann, Kevin Denney, Trent Willmon, Andy Griggs, Neal M'Coy, Tracy Lawerence, Sammy Kershaw, Cole Deggs And The Lonesome, Chalee Tennison, John Conley, Ed Bruce, and Jill King,
In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also has served as producer for artists, such as Craig Morgan ,Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, Matt Mason, Justin McBride, Chris Janson, MarkWills, Tara Oram, Jason Blaine, High Valley, Steve Richard, Davisson Bros.Band. Among his many production credits is the six-week #1 country hit, “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (Craig Morgan), which was the most played country song of 2005.