Phyllis Heil of Hickory, North Carolina, was awarded the titles of International Whistling Entertainer of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 by the International Whistlers Convention. She is the first female to receive this high honor five times. Phyllis entered her first competition in 2004, taking home medals in the classical and popular divisions as well as a trophy for placing in the Grand Championship. She has received more medals and trophies in the years since.
Born into a singing family, Phyllis learned to sing gospel music using "shaped notes". Her repertoire includes gospel, patriotic, show tunes, classical, love songs, children's songs, "oldies", Christmas music and much more. Her beautiful whistling is often mistaken for that of a musical instrument. According to one fan, "If you didn't know she was whistling, you would believe she was playing an instrument of some kind ... really impressive!"
Phyllis has had a busy career. In September, 2005, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Mr. Bill Gaither has invited her to whistle on stage at his Homecoming Friends concerts twice with thousands in attendance. She has also performed with one of the original stars of the Andy Griffith Show in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, returning for a third show at the Andy Griffith Theater August, 2007.
Phyllis has been interviewed by CBS and NBC TV and many radio stations as well as via Internet broadcasts where her beautiful whistling has thrilled listeners as she strives to give whistling its rightful place in music. "Our State" magazine featured Phyllis in its April, 2006 issue and chose her as "Best of Our State" for a weekend of performing at Pinehurst Golf Resort. Phyllis was also featured in the 2007 Old Farmer's Almanac published in New Hampshire. She was also interviewed by Roy Folks of Fox WGHP and is featured in David_Weatherly's Blog -- Riding with Roy, whistle stop.
In addition to frequent concerts, Phyllis gives her time and talent at a local hospital as part of the Pastoral Care Department and as a hospital volunteer. She whistles any song the patient requests, usually sensing what they need to hear to make their day brighter. Her goal is to inspire and uplift all who hear her.
Phyllis and her husband, who travels with her as road man/sound tech, provide all necessary sound equipment for her concerts. She is available to perform for church services and special events, conferences, banquets, group and civic meetings, and holiday gatherings as well as private celebrations.