Birthday: January 21, 1978
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Audition City: Memphis
American Idol Season 6 - 6th placePhil Stacey
Phil Stacey's phenomenal desire to become the next American Idol
became apparent to the world when he auditioned in Memphis on the same day his wife went into labor with their second child. Fortunately for Phil, not only did he become the father of a healthy baby girl, the judges also gave him the thumbs up. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Phil's father, who is a pastor, and mother encouraged him to sing in church. From then on, Phil has done much to hone his talent. The 29 year-old sings in the Navy and is a degree holder in vocal performance. His other artistic pursuits include drawing, playing piano, guitar, bass and drums, songwriting and producing. He is very proud of his wife and children and looks up to his parents and in-laws. Among his favorite artists are Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Sting, Sir Paul McCartney, Vienna Teng, Sheryl Crow and American Idol judge Paula Abdul
Phil Stacey was eliminated on the sixth season of American Idol, along with Chris Richardson
, on May 2, 2007. Since American Idol, he appeared as a special guest at Carnegie Hall with the New York Young People's Chorus, was a featured soloist, along with Melinda Doolittle
at Scott Hamilton's annual ice skating benefit, and sang at two different NFL football games.
At present, Phil Stacey is working on his debut album, which is expected to be released in April.
American Idol Finals performances:
Week 1: Diana Ross - "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
Week 2: British Invasion - "Tobacco Road" (The Nashville Teens)
Week 3: Gwen Stefani - "Every Breath You Take" (The Police)
Week 4: American Classics / Tony Bennett - "Night and Day" (Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra)
Week 5: Latin - "Maria Maria" (Santana & The Product G&B)
Week 6: Country - "Where the Blacktop Ends" (Keith Urban)
Week 7: Inspirational Music - "The Change" (Garth Brooks)
Week 8: Bon Jovi - "Blaze of Glory"
(Photos courtesy of AmericanIdol.com)