We fighting you minstrels
With writing utensils...
— Chali 2na, "Doin Somethin" remix with Soulive
 
 

She likes to think of herself as SYNTHESIS…the act of fusing distinct entities to a new, unique creation.

Stephanie Renée considers music to be her first language. Her parents met singing together in a sacred music ensemble, so her childhood home was full of mellifluous sounds and she was carted off to rehearsals and performances with regularity. It is no wonder that, even as a young child, Stephanie wanted in on the action herself. After scoring her own television as a prize in a baby talent show, her parents also handed down the family’s older stereo set for her personal use, and that began a lifelong immersion into the arts.

Throughout her formal education and professional career, Stephanie has taken on almost every challenge to enhance her skills and expand her repertoire. From marching band and chorus to musical theater to a cappella musical director/arranger/producer and front woman for electric, jazz, house and soul bands, Stephanie’s goal is to destroy the separation between musical classifications and distinguish herself as a talent to be reckoned with.  Fate and friendships brought her spoken voice to her first set of major label commercial recordings: on the intro for Who Is Jill Scott (Hidden Beach/Sony) and in interludes for Patti LaBelle’s When A Woman Loves (MCA). Another childhood friend and producer convinced her to try her hand at writing and singing house music,

 

which has led to a decade-long collaborative relationship with production company Steal Vybe. Her songs have now been released worldwide and brought her into creative partnerships with a wide variety of house music producers/remixers including Lefunken, Marlon D, Quincy Harris, Ezel, Frankie Feliciano, Opolopo and Joey Negro. While developing a global audience on the back of her releases, Stephanie was also called to serve as a resident vocalist for The Clinic, a Singaporean dance club featuring house music, making her both a national and international soul diva.

Stephanie briefly set aside her musical pursuits after being offered an on-air position with WURD Radio, the only independent black talk radio station in the state of Pennsylvania. She is now a beloved presence on the weekday airwaves with her show The MOJO (10a to 1p Eastern), and serves as the station’s Multimedia Content Director, where she is responsible for building organizational partnerships and directing staff to produce original editorial content.

Much more information on her music, filmmaking, and other creative pursuits can be found throughout this site, so keep digging and discovering!

Stephanie Renée…bringing it all together and loving every minute of it.

SYNTHESIS, indeed!