By Mandi Bierly
January 08, 2008 at 11:47 PM EST

American Idol Season 6 contestant Phil Stacey sent his first single, “If You Didn’t Love Me,” to country radio yesterday—and thanks to the folks at, who put the tribute video below on YouTube today, you can hear it right this very second.

The track, a driving ballad off Stacey’s album (due in April), was co-written by Rascal Flatts‘ lead singer Gary LeVox, and it’s obvious. The music has a slow build to a somewhat explosive chorus, while the vocals boast runs that you just know LeVox nailed on the demo. It’s nothing new, but it’s solid. As is Stacey’s voice. I love good ol’ country-boy bravado, but it’s nice to hear a male artist power through a song on more than guts.

So take a listen, y’all, and tell us whether Stacey will match the success of his fellow AI alums and Lyric Street label-mates Bucky Covington and Josh Gracin. “If You Didn’t Love Me” is produced by Wayne Kirkpatrick, who writes songs for Little Big Town. Whether or not Phil makes it—we’ve yet to see the official video, so we reserve official judgment—it’s good to see him hooked up with people who can at least give him a fair shot.