Phil Stacey

Discussion: American Idol, Crazy Eights

January 15, 2009 // 51 Comments

On Tuesday, January 13, 2008, the eighth season of American Idol commenced. As the highest-rated show on television, American Idol‘s produced an immeasurable impact on the entertainment industry, with film stars (Jennifer Hudson), pop superstars (Kelly Clarkson) and publicity magnets (Clay Aiken) all sprouting from the competition. A number of Idol participants adopted country music as their main mode of career transportation.  In addition to Season Four champion Carrie Underwood, finalists Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington and Kellie Pickler have achieved varying levels of success on Music Row. Phil Stacey, Kristy Lee Cook and Bo Bice continue to polish their craft in the hopes that they’ll find favor with country listeners as well. The best Idol contestant to date is Kelly Clarkson. Her blend of balls-to-the-wall rockers and fall-to-your-knees ballads were a magic potion to angry tween girls (and fans of pure pop bliss), and her ensuing success legitimized Idol as Read More

Phil Stacey, “Old Glory”

July 4, 2008 // 6 Comments

While I’m confident that Phil Stacey is absolutely sincere in his attempt to pay tribute to the American flag, “Old Glory” is actually sung too earnestly. His voice is pleasant, but he needlessly adds syllables and notes to words as if he’s borrowing a dramatic page from Garth Brooks (i.e. “The Change”, “More Than A Memory”), which is very distracting. Furthermore, while the song is clearly meant to be inspiring, the lyrics seem preachy rather than thought provoking. Written by Phil Stacey Grade: B- Listen: Old Glory Buy: Old Glory

Phil Stacey, “If You Didn’t Love Me”

January 21, 2008 // 30 Comments

Even as an American Idol junkie, I found the sixth season completely underwhelming.  Phil Stacey making it as far as he did was more of a reflection of the field’s weakness than anything distinctive or special on his part.     Here, he’s matched with material as faceless as his delivery was on Idol, but to his credit, he puts more energy and feeling into his first shot in the studio than he ever did during his stint on the televised competition.   It’s just not enough to overcome such a hopelessly generic song. Written by Gary LeVox, Wendell Mobley & Jason Sellers Grade: C Listen:  If You Didn’t Love Me