Stefanie just released her first solo EP, Shifting Winds. The story-infused acoustic folk/soul CD explores transitions and storms that she experienced in her own life, and how she held onto the hope of God through uncertain times. The lyrics also take listeners on a vivid journey where they are encouraged to help create positive changes for people in dark places. While her sounds have been compared to the folk tunes of JJ Heller and the soulfulness of Francesca Battistelli and Jamie Grace, her biggest musical influences have been Barlow Girl, Derek Webb, Jon Foreman, Nickel Creek, Jamie Cullum, and Newton Faulkner.
Stefanie has begun to actively perform in cafes, churches, and community events. Her mission is to create and perform music that inspires restorative hope to the hurting, and inspires acts of compassion in a dark world. “Music has the potential to bring forth life, beauty, and joy in the midst of pain. That real ‘covered in dirt’ hope and compassion is what I aim to inspire with everything I do. I pour my soul into creating my music, because it’s important to me to connect with people in an honest and deep way.” She digs deep into her experiences and finds the universal truth and emotions that people of all walks of life can relate to.
Stefanie is an artist who has been through the trenches of what she is aiming to inspire. The brokenness of her family taught her to see people through eyes of compassion, even as God gives her hope for her own marriage. She also knows what it is to hold onto hope through uncertain times: she lived in three different states in three years, relying on God to provide and guide through every step of the journey. Through ministry, mission work, and social work, Stefanie has lived out compassion by walking countless people through the darkness in their search for hope. Her lyrics collectively tell the story of her experiences, and aim to encourage others in the process.
Stefanie started playing guitar at age six with her father’s church group in Hilton, NY. She began writing music as a teenager, out of a place of brokenness, as her parents were divorcing and her who life seemed to be falling apart. During her high school and college years, she fronted a rock band that performed consistently as a “go-to band” for many venues and events, and rocked local radio play, providing inspiration to fans all over western New York. Facing major life transitions and in need of a dose of inspiration herself, Stefanie began writing as a solo artist in College Station, TX in 2012. She continues today as an active songwriter and performer in Charleston, SC. [+]