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Album Review

Part of Phil Stacey's problem on American Idol was that he fit into no easy category: he had a clear, clean voice suited for adult contemporary pop, but a personal background that suggested he could fit as a country singer, an idea pursued on his awkward debut. Several years later and a major-label past now behind him, Phil Stacey finally lands in the right genre with his second album, Into the Light: CCM. Into the Light is a very contemporary Christian album, it is aware of the sounds and songs of the outside world and some of this feeds back into the album, particularly in the spacy textures that suggest U2 as filtered through Coldplay. As this indicates, this is pop music with an inspirational bent, and that fits Stacey's earnestness precisely. He sounds comfortable in this setting, rising with the crescendos without pushing too hard, but this isn't just about Stacey's performance: he also has a solid set of songs that hold together as an album, a set of songs that work not just as inspirational numbers but also as adult pop tunes.

Customer Reviews

Great music

Great job Phil. The talent you have surrounded yourself with shows in the polished sound this CD offers. Really glad to hear the Rich Mullin's song. One of my favorites. Keep up the great work.


I find it amazing that an American Idol participant can hold on to his faith all the way even to make a Christian album!! I applaud! My favorite song of this album is "With all my heart" for this truly showed the desire I have in my heart for God. Thank you Phil Stacey for making a Christian album to show to all what you're really all about! Thank you!!

Love this Album

The lyrics of each song seem to just flow from compassion and conviction. The melodies and rhythms progress one into the other with delightful effect. Both my wife and I enjoy listening to this inspirational and well thought out album.


Born: January 21, 1978 in Richmond, KY

Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Phil Stacey's first appearance on the sixth season of American Idol was a memorable one, as it was revealed that the Navy officer was missing the birth of his second daughter in order to audition for the show in Memphis. It was a memorable introduction to the American public, presenting the Jacksonville, FL, native in a very appealing light. Of course, it helped that Stacey -- age 29 at the start of the show in 2007 -- had one of the strongest backstories of any of the Top 24 contestants. The son...
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