Phil Stacey

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Phil Stacey
Phil Stacey in The American Idol Experience motorcade at Walt Disney World.
Phil Stacey in The American Idol Experience motorcade at Walt Disney World.
Background information
Birth nameJoel Philip Stacey
Born (1978-01-21) January 21, 1978 (age 46)
OriginRichmond, Kentucky, United States[1]
GenresCountry, CCM
Years active2007-present
LabelsLyric Street, Reunion

Joel Philip Stacey (born January 21, 1978) 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.

Life and career[edit]

Stacey was born in Harlan County, Kentucky.[2] His mother, Adrell Horn, was born in Madison County, Kentucky and works as a nurse in Smyrna, Tennessee.[3] His father, Gary Stacey, was a Church of God (Cleveland) minister who pastors a church. Both of Stacey's grandfathers, Carlie Horn and E.T. Stacey, were also Church of God pastors.[2] Stacey grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and began singing in church.[2] In 2001, he joined in the U.S. Navy, and was the lead vocalist for the Navy Band Southeast. In 2006, he served as the music minister for First Coast Christian Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Stacey with the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville, November 2007

Stacey graduated from Wichita Northwest High School in Wichita, Kansas in 1997. He attended Lee University[4][5] in Cleveland, Tennessee. 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. 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 number 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.[1] His self-titled debut album was released in April 2008.[1] 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.[6] His first album for the label, Into the Light, was released on August 25. It has sold 18,000 copies so far.[7]

In 2011, Stacey partnered with Market America to launch Conquer Entertainment as a tool for independent artists to reach more fans through networking. Together, they released the album, Faith, as a means to promote the program and reach more artists.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Christian US Country US
Phil Stacey 8 43
Into the Light 27
  • Release date: March 29, 2011
  • Label: Conquer Entertainment[10]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Sales
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
2010 "Some Kind of Love" 32
2015 "Reach Beyond" 11
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

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

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "If You Didn't Love Me" Roman White
2010 "Old Glory"

American Idol performances[edit]

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 Dee Dee Warwick 7 Bottom 31
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 31
Top 9 American Classics Night and Day Fred Astaire 2 Bottom 31
Top 8 Latin Maria Maria Santana & The Product G&B 5 Bottom 22
Top 7 Country Where the Blacktop Ends Keith Urban 1 Safe
Top 6 Inspirational The Change Garth Brooks 5 Safe
Top 63 Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory Bon Jovi 1 Eliminated
  • ^Note 1 Stacey was saved first from elimination.
  • ^Note 2 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results in the particular night, Stacey was among in the bottom three but declared safe second when Haley Scarnato was eliminated.
  • ^Note 3 Due to the Idol Gives Back performance, the Top 6 remained intact for another week.


  1. ^ a b c Neal, Chris (2008-03-10). "Who's New: Phil Stacey". Country Weekly. 15 (5): 72.
  2. ^ a b c Bill Robinson. "'Idol' singer has local ties » Local News". The Richmond Register. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  3. ^ "The Tennessean|Robertson". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  4. ^ "Lee University, Cleveland TN". Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  5. ^ "Lee University - Phil Stacey & American Idol". March 29, 2007. Archived from the original on March 29, 2007. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  6. ^ "Phil Stacey signed with Provident/Reunion Records". USA Today Idol Chatter. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  7. ^ a b "'Idol' album sales: Fantasia sells best; Chris Sligh, Josiah Leming debut". 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  8. ^ "Phil Stacey releases new album, Faith through Conquer Entertainment". March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  9. ^ "Jennifer Hudson leads Idols in weekly album sales - Idol Chatter -". March 21, 2009. Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  10. ^ "Faith by Phil Stacey | CD Reviews And Information". 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  11. ^ "The Ultimate SoundScan Sales/Download Checklist". 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2014-07-30.

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