American Idol Season Six Finalist Phil Stacey Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut This Weekend

Debut CD in Stores on April 29th

Mar 24, 2008, 01:00 ET from Lyric Street Records

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- American Idol Season 6
 finalist Phil Stacey, about whom AI Judge Randy Jackson raved, "You are
 going to have a career in country music!" and whom Tony Bennett called "One
 of the better singers I've heard, not just today, but in a long time," has
 confirmed his Grand Ole Opry debut for this Saturday, March 29th. Phil, who
 plays both piano and guitar, will perform his first single, "If You Didn't
 Love Me," which jumped into Billboard's Top 35 this week, reaching an
 audience of more than 600,000 listeners. He will also premiere material
 from his new CD, set for release next month. Phil will perform both the
 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. shows on the legendary stage, both broadcast live on
 WSM-AM radio.
     Phil will release his debut CD on April 29th. The self-titled disc,
 released on Disney's Lyric Street Records, home of Rascal Flatts and former
 American Idol finalists Josh Gracin and Bucky Covington, features "If You
 Didn't Love Me" (co-written by Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox), which is
 already generating huge fan response and making a rapid climb up the
 country radio charts. The CD pairs Phil with producer Wayne Kirkpatrick,
 the legendary songwriter best known for material recorded by Garth Brooks,
 Faith Hill, Babyface, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, whose
 version of Kirkpatrick's "Change the World" won a Grammy award for Song of
 The Year. Phil's eleven-song album includes the contemporary lead single,
 as well as songs by several of Nashville's top tunesmiths, including
 Kirkpatrick, Wendell Mobley ("There Goes My Life," "Take Me There"), Neil
 Thrasher ("I Melt," "How Forever Feels") and Rivers Rutherford ("Ain't
 Nothing 'Bout You," "When I Get Where I'm Going").
     Phil's Opry debut comes on one of his increasingly rare nights in
 Nashville. Just last weekend he played for a sold-out crowd of 20,000 fans
 at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Winterfest, and his schedule has been incredibly full
 since leaving the Idol stage last year -- he spent three months playing for
 capacity crowds in 55 cities on the road with the American Idol tour, and
 has since been visiting radio and TV stations across the country in support
 of his debut CD.
     In addition to his more than 671 million TV audience impressions from
 American Idol, Phil has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live
 with Regis & Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the Today show. Phil
 chronicles his schedule and day-to-day experiences each Monday in his USA
 Today blog, found at
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     Lyric Street Records is a part of the Disney Music Group. The Disney
 Music Group is the recorded music and music publishing arm of the Walt
 Disney Studios.

SOURCE Lyric Street Records