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Phil Stacey makes Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday

Monday, March 24, 2008 – American Idol Season 6 finalist Phil Stacey makes his Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday, March 29. Stacey, who plays both piano and guitar, will perform his first single, "If You Didn't Love Me," which is in Billboard's Top 35 this week. He also will premiere material from his new CD, set for release next month during the 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. shows, both broadcast live on WSM-AM radio.

Stacey is set to release his debut CD on April 290. The self-titled disc was produced by Wayne Kirkpatrick, the songwriter best known for material recorded by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Babyface, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton. The 11-song album includes songs by 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").

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