Phill grew up in Quirindi. A small country town in New South Wales, Australia, and was well known in the community for playing piano for school events and performing at the local Carols by Candlelight.
In primary school and again in high school he was involved with the combined schools choir which performs at the Sydney Opera House.
At 17 he began singing lessons in Tamworth, New South Wales, with Jennie Heaton and became quite active in the Tamworth Dramatic and Musical societies where his love of musicals and live theatre began to grow.
In 2002 he was accepted into the very well-known performing arts school Brentstreet School of Performing Arts in Sydney, New South Wales and studied Certificate 4 in Performing Arts. He was under the instruction of some of theatre’s well known choreographers, singers and performers.
Phill was lucky enough to perform with the Original Cast of The Man from Snowy River: The Arena Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and performed at the Showroom Theatre at Star City Casino for his graduation performances.
In 2003, Phill moved to Melbourne and has been involved in many productions over the last ten years whether it being on stage, behind the piano or through Musical Direction.
In 2014, Phill launched Phill Scanlon Productions production company and had 2 successful shows. The first being a small concert cabaret "A Night of Wildhorn & Lippa" at the popular Melbourne Cabaret venue The Butterfly Club and the second show, a William Finn musical, "A New Brain", which played for 7 shows at the Doncaster Playhouse.
In 2015 Phill co-produced a charity concert "Anything Worth Holding On To - A Scott Allan Showcase" in aid for Beyond Blue.
Also in 2015, Phill joined the staff of Stage School Australia, YABC (Young Australian Broadway Chorus) as a voice teacher.
In 2016, Phill joined the teaching staff at Narre Warren P-12 College and is currently at Emmaus Secondary College teaching vocals and piano.
Also in February 2016 he produced the Victorian Premier and Australian Non Professional Premier of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. The Tony Award winning play about the struggle of love, the development of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.