'American Idol' finalist delivers anti-bullying message to Schweinfurt's youth
October 31, 2013
SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Oct. 31, 2013) -- "American Idol" finalist and famed singer Phil Stacey took center stage here Oct. 17 as part of the youth ministry's effort to address bullying.
Club Beyond hosted the concert at the Ledward Chapel, dubbing it "The After Party with Phil Stacey." Earlier that day Stacey spoke to about 70 students at the middle/high school about anti-bullying.
"Phil Stacey has a song ["Be Good to Each Other"] that is the theme song of the anti-bullying campaign right now. So we thought it was great to bring him in," said Schweinfurt Club Beyond director, Jaclyn Lloyd.
Club Beyond is an ecumenical youth ministry program sponsored by the post chaplain to reach out to military youth and support them with the challenges of adolescence and military life. Every year they invite an artist to perform and hold talks aimed at character development, said Lloyd.
"As teenagers we were so self-destructive," said the singer who was a finalist in season six of "American Idoal," a televised reality singing competition "Whatever people told us to do -- responsible people, the people who loved us -- we did the opposite just to prove that we were capable of making our own decisions," Stacey said.
The singer, who calls Nashville his home, remarked that in a world where there is less self-destruction people can "thrive" and become anything they want to be, which is why he is driving across Europe with his family and drummer, Trevor Cone, to play two to three concerts per day and speak to kids.
"I wish I was a huge famous star so my message would be even more sincere and to the point because I don't see a lot of those guys coming out and doing that stuff," Stacey said. "So if I can offer a voice to combat that, I'm going to."