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2008 debut album from Phil Stacey, who was a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol, where he performed for an average of 30 million viewers for the eleven weeks he competed on the series. Following his time on American Idol, Phil toured with his fellow contestants over the summer on the 55-city American Idol tour. Phil's debut single, 'If You Didn't Love Me' is climbing the Country charts. The track is produced by Wayne Kirkpatrick and co-written by Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox.
Phil Stacey's defining moment on American Idol came during Country Week, well into the competition. "Country Week was the first one that had anything to do with my background," he says. "It was my chance to sing music I could really relate to, that drew on who I am and what I'd grown up around."
Phil's path toward a country music career began in a childhood molded by two equally strong influences. The first was the ministry, which had shaped both sides of his family for generations. The other was music. Phil grew up singing in church and later became a member of the prestigious Lee Singers.
Intending to pursue a career in music after graduating from college, Phil was compelled to join the Navy after the attacks of September 11.
While stationed in Jacksonville, FL as lead singer of the Navy Band Southeast, he performed music by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and James Taylor, a rounding out of tastes that served him well when he finally hit Idol. Then, with Country Week, it all came full circle. "Randy said, 'Dude, you're gonna have a big career in country,' and that was the night even Simon agreed," he says. "And I was thinking, 'Thank God, because this is me. I'm finally getting to do something I love to do.'"
After the 55-city Idol tour wrapped in September 2007, Phil immediately re-enlisted in the Naval Reserves. He moved his family to Nashville, signed with Lyric Street Records, and began recording his debut album with producer Wayne Kirkpatrick.
The music they've recorded will give listeners a look at a man who comes into his own with a hard-won maturity and self-knowledge. "I feel my job as a singer," he says, "is part of my job as a human being. I'm supposed to be touching other people's lives, doing the best I can to be a positive force in the world."
Phil Stacey sings with obvious conviction and passion. I liked him on American Idol because he presented himself with a combination of sincerity and humility. Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Bruce Simon
I enjoyed each and every song on this CD! Every proformance is powerful, and makes you anxious to hear the next! Can't wait to hear Phil's next undertaking!!Published on May 29, 2009 by Dolly
All the songs are really good! I love the words to all of them! My favorites are #3 If You Didn't Love Me and #6 Be Good to Each Other... Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by J. Cornett
Not a huge Phil Stacey fan, but thought why not. Was OK with most of it. Would probably have to be in the mood for it to listen to it again. Sorry Phil.Published on December 16, 2008 by J. Green
Oh my gosh, I loved this CD. Phil Staceys voice is awesome. Its
the best CD I have listened to it in a long time!!!
I'm NOT an American Idol fan.
I do NOT watch American Idol.
I find the whole "outfit" out of hand and juxta-politically motivated. Read more
I have thought Phil Stacey was a wonderful singer since he was on American Idol. I have enjoyed playing the CD many times since I bought it at Amazon.com. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by Alice M. Beck
Simply put, I think this is an excellent CD and a strong debut. Nice country listening. All of the songs were decent, none offputting. Read morePublished on June 7, 2008 by S. Karas
Phil was our favorite almost from the very beginning of Season 6, simply because he had the best, most attractive voice of them all. Read morePublished on June 3, 2008 by Leslie Aubrey