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“'Running to You' is an appealing, uptempo pop song that sounds ready for radio airplay, and could be ideal for licensing in movies & TV shows. The song has a positive energy to it, and features Philyaw’s warm, expressive lead vocals." - Dale Kawashima

"Savannah has once again blessed us with her honeyed words and a voice that grounds you in the lusciousness of the present moment while simultaneously transporting you into a strange nostalgia for memories you haven't yet made. Her music always makes me bubbly-happy and leaves a lingering twang in my heart that will make me hum the tune in my head all day, smile at strangers, and maybe even take a bold chance to say hello to one sitting on a bench...

Give her latest song "Scotland" a listen and check out her self-made animated video (is there anything she CAN'T do?!)..." -Mikayla B.


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"Savannah Philyaw, a promising pop/Americana singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest for January, for her song “Love Remains” (co-written by Michael & Nancy Natter). Philyaw has released this song as a single, and she will be releasing other singles throughout this year. 

“Love Remains” is a graceful, heartfelt ballad which has a positive lyric message. The starts with just vocals and acoustic guitar, and then builds into a full arrangement in the bridge sections. This recording provides a good showcase for Philyaw’s expressive, lead and harmony vocals. “Love Remains” was skillfully produced by Joel Piper, a San Diego-based artist and producer. Piper also collaborated with Philyaw on the video for “Love Remains.”  - Dale Kawashima

“Sung with true gentleness is Savannah Philyaw’s tender love ballad “Love Remains”. With a delicate arrangement, the way the song unfolds gives it an earnest, intimate spirit. By opting for such a soft-spoken approach the lyrics carry great power. The unifying moment of the track is Savannah Philyaw’s articulate storytelling, one which serves as the song’s center. Vocals are easily the highlight of the song as her voice is extraordinarily expressive, with the light touch of the guitar works wonders. Airy acoustic guitar opens the song on a dreamy note. From this beginning a naturalistic, loose rhythm begins to emerge. Everything feels so wonderful as the way the song gradually builds up. The way that an entire life is expressed over the course of the piece feels particularly profound. Like the way a person looks back upon their life, all the happiness and sadness is quite fantastic. How a friendship grows can be such an incredible thing to behold.” - Beach Sloth, Skope Mag

““Hurting You” offers a universal take on breaking away, it is also packed with countless clever lines and as many adhesive hooks. Bravo! It’s all spot on. Nicely done, truly… It’s a lovely track. Billboard Magazine Critic/Contributor Chuck Taylor” 

Chuck Taylor - Billboard Magazine