Stephanie Morgan, former frontwoman of stephaniesĭd, is a performing singer/songwriter, a voice actor, and a screen actor. She writes pop music that invites the listener into the full spectrum of human emotion. Her rich, lyrically astute songs have been featured on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”, NPR’s “World Cafe” and “All Songs Considered”, Team Ibex’s “The Red Helmet”, and The Weather Channel, and on numerous compilations. Steph has collaborated with modern dancers, DJ’s, and burlesque troupes, and she founded the first multi-venue music festival in Asheville, in 2007, POPAsheville.
Having toured extensively, performing in the United States, England, and Ireland, Steph has appeared at Bonnaroo, LouFest, and POPA, sharing the stage with diverse heavy-hitters like Benji Hughes, Martin Sexton, Floating Action, My Morning Jacket, Dar Williams, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Leon Russell, The Jon Stickley Trio, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
After a tumultuous year that including the disbanding of stephaniesĭd with a sold-out last show at the formidable Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, as well as the breakup of her marriage, Steph will release her debut solo album, Chrysalism , in spring 2017.
Whereas the music of stephaniesĭd might have been considered geographically displaced in the South, the songs that make up Chrysalism, many of which were borne of jams on the road prior to the breakup, embrace Steph’s deepest appreciation yet for her mountain surrounds . The addition of pedal steel, rich gospel harmonies, and lush orchestration finds Chrysalism exploring the extremes of loss and joy, reaching equally for the hope and sparkle of the future and for a solid sense of home. But even in its melancholic moments, it finds much to dance about. Produced by Domino recording artist Matthew E. White at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, VA, the stellar cast of players on Chrysalism include Daniel Clarke (Ryan Adams) on keyboards, Pinson Chanselle (Foxygen) on drums and percussion, Trey Pollard (Foxygen) on guitars and orchestral arrangements, and Cameron Ralston (Matthew E. White) on bass.
Born in Des Moines, Steph has lived in over 25 residences across the US, including a lengthy childhood stint in West Texas. She maintains deep roots in her chosen incubator, Asheville, NC, a city known for its musical soul, where stephaniesĭd sits in the Hall of Fame as “Best Rock Band” in the city’s reputable Mountain Xpress poll. Along the path, Steph earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and was employed as a wilderness counselor for at-risk youth, a child foster care/adoption specialist, and a teacher, before making art a full-time pursuit.
Featuring members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa, Les Amis (meaning “the friends”), is a mix of sounds ranging from West Africa to Appalachia and everything in between. A unique fusion of traditional West African music and modern rock ‘n’ roll that will inspire and astound.
Music : Genre: West African Roots, World