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."
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“AMERICAN IDOL” ALUM HAS A WAYS TO GO| Posted September 24, 2008
Most listeners remember Phil Stacey because of his version of Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” on “American Idol,” when it became clear his voice was destined for country crooning. This momentarily carries through on his debut project, where songs like “What I’m Fighting For” wrap tightly around Stacey’s distinct voice. The track “No Way Around a River” best showcases his strong vocal by honing in on simple background melody. The second track, “Looking Like Love,” will most likely please fans of superstar group Lonestar.
Sadly, the remainder of the album is full of forgettable melodies and even clumsier lyrics. Stacey didn’t pen any of the 11 songs, which is disappointing. Worse yet, the opening track, “It’s Who You Know,” trips along with trite lines like “Here’s the deal/You can walk on water/You can walk on the moon/You can walk through Memphis wearing blue suede shoes.” Listeners will do well to remember Stacey for his cover of Urban’s single, because the hits are few and far between on this project. With time and experience, if Stacey starts to branch out creatively, then he won’t have to depend on his status as an “Idol” alum. –Grace Cartwright
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Idol Stacey does Country with a Christian foundation| Posted May 13, 2008
Do you love country music but but are put off by the occasional lyric about cheating boyfriends, drinking, etc? This is the album for you. Phil is the third Christian from season 6 of American Idol to release a CD, along with Jordin Sparks and Chris Sligh. The album if full of positive messages from a Christian point of view, like "Be Good To Each Other" and "Looking Like Love." It has songs that could be played on Christian radio, like John Waller's "Identity." The country is not overly twangy, just great stuff like his rising single "If You Didn't Love Me" and "Round Here." Check him out, you'll be glad you did!
A good album| Posted June 24, 2009
I liked "Identity" "No Way Around A River" "Still Going Through" and "Looking Like Love", but like the previous reviewers, I'm sorry he didn't write anything for this project. It was a good CD though.