Meet the new Diva, feisty and fierce Stacy Francis and watch the season premiere on February 11, 10/9c.
Stacy Francis was a finalist and fan favorite on the first season of Simon Cowell’s new show The X Factor. Her audition blew Simon away and gave her one of the few standing ovations he has ever given and proclaimed, “I have been doing this a long time. That was one of the best auditions I have ever seen in my life. I love, love, love it. I love you!” And LA Reid declared that she literally “made the hairs on his arm stand up” and that “her voice stirs souls!” The YouTube videos of her X Factor performances have collectively been viewed more than 11 million times.
Stacy’s career didn’t begin on the X Factor; she has been singing all of her life. She grew up a preacher’s kid in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 16, Stacy joined the girl group, Ex-Girlfriend. The group was signed to Warner Bros. Records by music industry legend Benny Medina and scored a #3 Billboard hit single, “Why Can’t You Come Home,” produced by notable singer/songwriter, R. Kelly. Before leaving the group, Stacy performed on Broadway in the show Boys Choir of Harlem and Friend’s on Broadway and appeared in Girlfriend, a made for television movie produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Stacy is a trained actress and has toured the world with several stage plays and musical productions in addition to appearing on a variety of television programs including featured roles on Third Watch (NBC), Half and Half, The Parkers (UPN), Yes Dear (CBS), Phil of the Future (Disney), Fastlane (FOX), Son of The Beach (FX) and In My Opinion (WB). She has also performed live on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Showtime At The Apollo, Soul Train and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A highlight of Stacy’s musical theater career was landing a starring role opposite Chaka Khan in the West End production of Mama I Want To Sing in London. The success of the play resulted in a coveted performance at theOlivierAwards,Britain’sequivalentoftheTonyAwards. BeforereturningStateside,Stacyalsoperformed the role in Tokyo. Upon her return, she landed a role in the musical theater production Born to Sing at Madison Square Garden with gospel legends, CeCe Winans and Shirley Caesar. Rave reviews of her performance led to an invitation to join the cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe on Broadway. This was followed by roles in Street Corner Symphony and the hit Broadway show, Footloose where she originated the role of “Rusty”.
Since the X Factor, Stacy has stayed busy performing live for major brands including Pepsi and Coca Cola. Recent live performances include a private concert for Tom Cruise where she was flown in to perform aboard a private yacht in the Caribbean to celebrate his birthday – Tom even joined her onstage! She also performed live in concert with The Voice Finalist, Jesse Campbell in Tampa, Florida.
Aside from being on the big stage, Francis’ commitment to community enrichment and youth charitable organizations in the U.S. and U.K. is never ending. Currently, Stacy is the newest addition to the hit-reality television melodrama and focused on building her brand empire.