a name you've
probably never heard of her - right, well not any more. Stephanie is
Philly's latest product to appear on the 'neo-soul, spoken word'
scene with her debut release 'Suite
Jezebel' due in the
autumn of this year. This talented young lady speaks poetry in
tongues (much in the same way as fellow Philadelphian Jill
Scott) and I'm sure
she will garner similarities to Ms. Scott as well.
I first came across
Stephanie's music 2 years ago quite by accident on mp3.com where I
heard the delightful 'Pleasure
seekers' - a steller
selection of strings and horns blended with this lady's exceptional
voice made this a personal favourite and left me wanting more. Since
then she has released an EP called 'Dulce'
which dropped last year that contained 'Pleasure
Fruit' and 'See
me' among others both
of which merit the word - excellent.
Bearing this in mind, her
full length debut comes equipped with all of the above tracks and
some new ones as well. 'So
High' is a breath of
fresh air with it's breezy instrumentation, 'Part
of me' has tints of
jazz highlighted with some old school soul feeling and let's not
forget the spoken word of 'IDology'
- pure bliss.
When asked about why she
choose this path Stephanie said "Why
I have chosen to leave the security of the 9-to-5 working world and
throw my soul upon tracks. The industry has convinced itself that it
doesn't want too many people who bring what I'm coming with -- a
genuine passion for performing and no fear for bringing intelligence
back into the art. The reign of gangsta shit and pop music
sickeningness is just about up. True artistry is making a comeback
and I'll be there, watching and making it happen".
"I sing, write, produce,
arrange, manage, direct, film and market my own stuff. I promote
self-sufficiency and encourage other artists to learn everything
possible about this business. You can't stimulate change from a
position of ignorance. Play your music, but also care about how and
what you say while you're doing it. Let's build this network of
voices raised to make positive change!".
She is a woman on a mission
with a message to tell in her music. Listen closely one might just
learn something. A true TY-D
Listen to Stephanie
Listen to Stephanie