GREENVILLE – Phil Stacey, an American Idol finalist and Christian Recording Artist, will perform in a free – admission concert at Greenville First Assembly of God, Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m.
The son of a pastor, he had been singing in church since childhood and continued to pursue music as an adult, taking lessons while attending Lee University. He married his wife, Kendra, who gave birth to their daughters Chloe and McKayla (the latter born the day of his audition) and supported his family as a U.S. sailor, remaining on active duty as he appeared on the TV show.
While in the U.S. Navy, Phil regularly sang and appeared in Navy-sponsored music events. Encouraged by a friend, he auditioned for the show and made it from the Memphis rounds to Hollywood, where he eventually made it into the Top 24. The Navy reassigned him to California so he could compete. The first week on the show, Stacey sang Edwin McCain’s “I Could Not Ask for More”, which judge Randy Jackson proclaimed as “hot!” elaborating that Stacey gave the best performance of the guys that week. The second week brought a performance of John Waite’s “Missing You,” which was praised by Jackson and fellow judge Paula Abdul, as well as the show’s voting public.
For the rest of the story, put Tuesday, July 25, on the calendar. Greenville First Assembly of God is located at 7219 State Route 118, in Greenville. For more information, call 937-548-5445.