Rhythm Universal Records, recording artist, Stephanie Rebecca, comes out of (believe it or not!), Ketchikan, Alaska, “swinging hard!” Born in Sitka, Alaska in 1984, Stephanie spent her musical formative years in the vibrant arts community of Ketchikan. Jazz was always a major element in her upbringing, beginning with announcing songs on her Dad’s long running public radio show, “Sunday Jazz.”
Stephanie continued her musical instruction with elementary music teacher and trumpeter, Dale Curtis, and was cultivated by the McPherson Music jazz bands. Stephanie’s vocal talent was first revealed by Ketchikan’s “First City Players’ Jazz Cabaret” performances which involve musicians from New York City coming to the small island of Ketchikan to teach vocal/instrumental jazz workshops to community members.
Relocating to Washington, DC early in 2012, Stephanie began working with vocal coach Alison Crockett on vocal techniques whom she met at the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival. Later that fall, Stephanie met and began working with jazz artist, band leader, jazz drummer, producer and musical director “EC3” after performing at the HR-57 jazz club. “Deep Inside of Me” is the culmination of months of collaboration with EC3 and a group of top flight musicians including Mark Saltman (bass), William Knowles and Sammy Manguia (piano), Teddy Baker (tenor sax), Dominique Patrick Noel (percussion), Arch “AT” Thompson (flute), and Clynt Hyson, Dominique Patrick Noel, and Laura Sosa (additional vocals). With the release of this debut CD, 29 year-old Stephanie Rebecca enters the world of professional jazz vocalists singing these great standards hailing back decades before her birth with a panache and style all her own. She is, in the words of many, ‘an old soul’ in a young frame.
Stephanie is quickly becoming known as Southeast Alaska’s First Lady of Jazz with her natural delivery of pure rich tones under a tidal current of swing. Still in her twenties, she’s been compared to singers like Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall, and Norah Jones. Truly a must see and hear!