Stephanie – London jazz singer & pianist
Stephanie is a London jazz singer & pianist who grew up in Dubai. Her childhood instilled in her an insatiable desire for sunshine and an aversion to cloudy skies.
Music was intrinsic: her Father was a pianist and organist, and her Mother an actress with a voice like Julie Andrews on a good day. Stephanie sang from year dot and began playing the piano at age 6. She sang in school choirs, then touring youth chorales, University chamber choir (performing with the Mozart Players), took lead roles in musicals (she did an impressive spurned Russian wife), before finding her true voice in the pop/jazz/folk/rock arena.
As a Singer/Songwriter, Stephanie has worked with leading writers and producers, both in the UK and US. She recently spent many months in LA, writing and recording, her self-titled EP causing waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
Musical influences are wide and eclectic. From Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, through Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Alanis Morissette, to John Mayer, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon, The Weepies: the list goes on. And not forgetting Mozart, Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Ravel, without whom scrunchy chord changes may never have entered into her musical style.
“A breath of fresh air,” Stephanie has performed widely at the usual London musical haunts, as well as in LA and Berlin. As well as writing for herself as a solo artist, Stephanie also pens for other established acts, and for Film, TV and Commercials.
Her sound has been compared to an alternative Annie Lennox, mixed with a little Carole King and a soulful Alanis Morissette, with a smattering of Joni Mitchell. She writes lyrically, her subject-matter drawn from experience, observation, a yearning with a hopeful slant, the human condition.
She is currently back on British soil, living in London and working on her first ‘official’ album, due for release this Autumn.
She’d like to learn the guitar: “It’s easier carrying one of those around”
I have an extensive repertoire which ranges from Jazz Standards, through 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s to Modern Folk, Rock and Pop.