Genre: Reggae, r&b, dancehall
In the rich and diverse musical culture in Jamaica a voice can be heard. A voice that carries the heart and soul of anything it sings; with power, presence and diversity. We speak of recording artist Stephanie. A singer and songwriter, her sound is a fusion of reggae, r&b, soul, dancehall, and pop; essentially reflecting an interesting blend of the music that she grew up on and is still being inspired by. Greats such as Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Phyllis Dillon , Celine Dion, Beyonce and Diana King all inspire the sounds and words of this young star.
Stephanie has graced various avenues of music and the performing arts in her journey thus far which has enriched her mind and nurtured her craft. Having completed high school (The Queen’s School) where she sang on both school choir and the performing arts society, she led cabaret band Steele Force for two years then went on to Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Company where she trained and toured as a singer, dancer, and musical theatre actor. Thereafter Stephanie delved into the world of backing vocals and started working for both local and international artists. One of the most impressionable experience is her six (6) months tenure with Basque Band singer Fermin Muguruza where she travelled the world singing in the ancient European tongue of Basque, French, English and Spanish. Stephanie also toured (lead and backing vocal) with international reggae band Groundation, Cherine Anderson, Coco Tea and Mr. Vegas.
In 2009 Stephanie was invited to be a part of group to record studio albums with Sly & Robbie for Sony Music Japan. Along with her group members Chantelle Ernandez and Scantana they made up the multifaceted UNITZz. With two albums “J Paradise” and “J Lovers”, UNITZz has gained tremendous success in Japan. “J Paradise” received a Grammy mention in the 2010 Grammy nominations in the category of “best pop vocals”; appearing in field one of the potential nominees. UNITZz also, with Stephanie on lead vocals is a part of the 53rd (2011) Grammy nominations in the reggae category; with a Lady Antebellum cover “Need You Now” on the compilation album “Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang – One Pop Reggae”.
A seasoned songwriter, Stephanie is signed to Rebel America Inc., (production company in Dallas, Texas) where she writes and records songs for placements on television shows, movies international ad campaigns, labels, etc. Since the start of this exciting journey with Rebel America in 2010, she has managed to land several song placements. Two of these placements include a collaboration (done with rapper E.T) named " Have You Ever" that was picked up by UK reality show “Jeremy Kyle Show” for their Intranet Web Ad and “If This Is Real” was picked up by Lifetime tv’s “Dance Moms Miami” for episode 5 of their first season.
In the fast paced life of music the mother of two finds time to run two charities; Books for Change which collects new and used text books to help students who have a challenge acquiring them otherwise and Classic Duets, an annual show that raises funds for select causes. Most recently a group of industry professionals came together and staged the inaugural Gungo Walk World Alternative Music and Arts Festival of which Stephanie was a part of acting as Sponsorship Manager. She continues to serve in this capacity as the group looks forward to the second staging in August.
A natural beauty, Stephanie epitomizes expressions of love, determination and passion, and this is reflected in her life, a driven attitude toward her goals, and the obvious results her hard word produces. Her journey continues to blossom into the realization of a dream that has stuck with her since conception; to make an indelible mark on the world.