Stacy Francis (born April 16, 1969) is an American singer and actress. She is best known for being a part of the girl group Ex Girlfriend and as a contestant in the first season of The X Factor USA. Francis has also made some television appearances on some shows. She also performed for Tom Cruise at his 40th birthday.
1989-1999: Ex Girlfriend and Broadway
Francis was a part of an all female group called Ex Girlfriend (band). The members consisted of Monica Boyd, Julia Roberson, Tisha Hunter, and Stacy Francis. They were signed to Reprise Records and released two studio albums. The band disbanded in 1994. Francis also had a lead role in the Broadway musical Footloose as well as several other shows 
2000-2008: Acting career
After the disbanding of Ex Girlfriend Francis appeared in many films and TV shows, including Phil of the Future, The Parkers, Half & Half and Third Watch.
2011: The X Factor
In July 2008, the members of Ex Girlfriend decided to reunite for a new album and signed with Full Force records. In 2011, Francis auditioned for the first season of The X Factor USA in front of judges L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. She sang Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and received four yeses. At the beginning of bootcamp, she revealed that her father had just passed away. She made it through bootcamp and to judges' houses, where she was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. She was eliminated in week 4 after ending up in the bottom 2 with Astro.
Performances on The X Factor
Francis is the daughter of an Italian American father and African American mother. She has two children. At her X Factor audition, she said that in her early 30s, she had been in a bad relationship with somebody who apparently abused her, and who "kept telling [her] that [she] wasn't good enough" and "[she] started believing it" and then lost her self-confidence. After that, she met the father of her first child.