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Joel Philip "Phil" Stacey (born January 21, 1978 in Richmond, Kentuckymarker) is an American singer who first gained national attention on season 6 of the television talent show American Idol. After being eliminated from the competition on May 2, 2007, he was signed to a recording contract with Lyric Street Records. His debut single, "If You Didn't Love Me", was released to radio in early 2008 as the lead-off to his self-titled debut album, which was issued April 29, 2008 on Lyric Street. Stacey's second album, Into the Light, was released on August 25, 2009 via Reunion Records.


Phil Stacey was born in Harlan County, Kentuckymarker. His mother, Adrell Horn, was born in Madison County, Kentuckymarker and works as a nurse in Smyrna, Tennesseemarker. His father, Gary Stacey, is a Church of God minister who pastors a church. Both of Stacey's grandfathers, Carlie Horn and E.T. Stacey, were also Church of God pastors. Stacey grew up in Fairfield, Ohiomarker and began singing in church. In 2006, he served as the music minister for First Coast Christian Center in Jacksonville, Floridamarker.His father in law, Mark McIntosh pastors a church in Shawnee Oklahoma called Evangelistic center church. He currently resides in Hendersonville, Tennesseemarker.With his wife Kendra and two daughters Chloe and McKayla.

Phil Stacey with the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, November 2007

Stacey graduated from Wichita Northwest High School in Wichita, Kansasmarker in 1997. He attended Lee Universitymarker in Cleveland, Tennesseemarker. He holds a degree in vocal performance from Lee, where he was a member of one of its auditioned choirs, Lee Singers, and part of that choir's internally-selected traveling ensemble, Second Edition. In addition to his vocal prowess, he is memorable for missing the birth of his daughter, McKayla, to audition for American Idol. He also has one other daughter, Chloe. He was eliminated from American Idol along with Chris Richardson in the top six results episode; no one had been eliminated the week before.


In late 2007, Stacey signed to a recording contract with Lyric Street Records. His first single "If You Didn't Love Me" was released to country radio on January 7, 2008 and peaked at #28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. It was written by Jason Sellers, Wendell Mobley, and Rascal Flatts' lead vocalist Gary LeVox. His self-titled debut album was released in April 2008. Stacey also released a promotional single entitled "Old Glory" in July, and parted ways with Lyric Street soon afterward.

On January 28, 2009, Stacey signed to Reunion Records, a Christian music label. His first album for the label, Into the Light, was released on August 25.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Christian US Country US
2008 Phil Stacey 8 43
2009 Into the Light 27
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Album details
2007 Phil Stacey
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: American Idol


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country US Christian
2008 "If You Didn't Love Me" 28 Phil Stacey
2009 "Inside Out" Into the Light
"You're Not Shaken" 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2008 "Old Glory" 57 Into the Light

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "If You Didn't Love Me" Roman White

American Idol performances

Week # Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Men) N/A I Could Not Ask for More Edwin McCain 12 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) N/A Missing You John Waite 1 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) N/A I Need You LeAnn Rimes 7 Safe
Top 12 Diana Ross I'm Gonna Make You Love Me The Supremes 7 Bottom 3
Top 11 British Invasion Tobacco Road The Nashville Teens 6 Safe
Top 10 No Doubt/Artist who inspire Gwen Stefani Every Breath You Take The Police 6 Bottom 3
Top 9 American Classics Night and Day Fred Astaire 2 Bottom 3
Top 8 Latin Maria Maria Santana & The Product G&B 5 Bottom 2
Top 7 Country Where the Blacktop Ends Keith Urban 1 Safe
Top 6 Inspirational The Change Garth Brooks 5 Safe

(Non-Elimination Week)
Top 6 Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory Bon Jovi 1 Eliminated


  1. The Richmond Register - ‘Idol’ singer has local ties
  2. | MTCN03apps |
  3. Lee University - Cleveland, TN
  4. Lee University - Phil Stacey & American Idol

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