Sam Phillips began her career as a teenage Contemporary Christian Music singer under her given name, Leslie Phillips. (Sam is a nickname; she is not related to the similarly-named founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.) Growing disenchanted with the CCM scene, partially because it became over-identified with a strain of right-wing politics with which she did not agree, Phillips turned to alternative pop under the tutelage of her then-husband, musician and producer T-Bone Burnett. Following Burnett's lead after the success of his work on the Coen Brothers' film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which spawned a successful Burnett-produced soundtrack album, Phillips took the position of music supervisor on the comedy-drama "Gilmore Girls." Staying with the series for the entirety of its six-year run, Phillips wrote and performed the show's instantly-recognizable incidental music, most of which featured her own acoustic guitar and wordless vocals. Phillips also appeared in the final episode of series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's tenure on the show, under the character name "Muse Troubador." It was Phillips' third on-screen appearance, following a key role as the mute terrorist Katya in 1995's "Die Hard: With a Vengeance," and as a club singer in Wim Wenders' "The End of Violence."