American Idol Season 6 finalist Phil Stacey recently finished recording his new 11-track album, Into the Light, which releases August 25, 2009. Stacey, an Idol Top 5 contestant, will showcase his acclaimed power vocals and songwriting chops with this first modern pop offering on Reunion Records.
"Given the recent past, it's understandable that people are quick to ask me about the musical side of what I do," says Stacey, who performed for an average of 30 million viewers a week, for the 11 weeks he competed on American Idol. "I enjoy talking about the music, too. In fact, I love it. But the biggest hope I have is that what I do will help draw people to God--whether that's through the songs I write, how I conduct myself on stage, or more importantly, the ways I relate to other people. Everything I did with American Idol has readied me for this platform and this album. This is where I feel at home and I can't wait for people to hear these songs."
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Stacey--the son of a pastor, grandson of two pastors, and a one-time music minister himself--celebrates faith and family on Into the Light as he sings passionately about an unshakable and loving God. With legendary Christian music producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Mandisa, Steven Curtis Chapman) at the helm, Into the Light artfully taps Stacey's longtime love for the church and its most modern musical expressions.
"There are songs on the project that will encourage and others that will challenge. Some that I've written and others that I heard and just had to record, including one by one of my favorite artists, Rich Mullins, called 'Hard to Get'," adds Stacey.