Biography of Stephanie K

"I want to give you a glimpse of my psyche...

It ain't family friendly, it ain't Life with Mikey..."

Driven by her freewheeling passion for both breaking and making molds that challenge every notion we’ve ever had about what a female pop singer should be, Stephanie K found the perfect title for her debut recording which sums up the way she unabashedly expresses her true self as an artist: Troublemaker. The EP launches her association with Woodward Avenue Records, and marks the popular contemporary urban jazz label’s first major foray into the pop realm.

Produced by four time Grammy Award winner Michael Powell, the emotionally hard hitting 5-track set captures all the elements that have earned the Detroit based vocalist and songwriter a reputation around the globe. It’s a sly sizzling, mix of raw, in your face honesty, supercharged with lyrics of deep empowerment, an eclectic vibe infused with dance, R&B and fiery rock elements and Stephanie’s freewheeling sense of sass.

Powell, who has worked enduring soul magic as a producer and songwriter for greats ranging from Anita Baker and Aretha Franklin to Gladys Knight, Aaliyah and SWV, says it all about the multi-talented singer’s musical prowess and potential: “Stephanie K is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters I have ever worked with. Combined with her stellar vocal abilities, she is truly a one of a kind.”

As seen in her music videos on her Official VEVO channel, Stephanie K stays true to her personality and manages to perfectly represent the visual image of what we have come to expect from her songs. Stephanie is sexy, dynamic and always in control. She seems to embody the confident beauty that every guy wants but won't "bring home to mom", as it seems she is always riding the thin-line between quirkiness and utter insanity. Says Stephanie, "I could be the worst or the best thing that's ever happened to you. Probably both. That's what I'm trying to show the world." Fitting, as Stephanie is a Gemini and a self-described "true split-personality."

Troublemaker’s opening track, the hard thumping synth pop dance song “Tonight,” was written and produced by Trend Def, the production team of Mike Gonsolin and Nick Nittoli.

Stephanie co-wrote the EP’s other four tunes with Powell, several of which have already been recognized by some of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions. Among other accolades, “Breaking Up” was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition’s pop category out of over 18,000 entries worldwide. “Story of a Broken Heart” was a Top 10 Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and Billboard Magazine Song Contest, and won first place in the pop category of the Great American Song Contest. In addition to being a semi-finalist in Pop at the International Songwriting Competition, “Trouble” earned Stephanie Pop Female Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards.

While attending the University of Michigan on an academic scholarship, Stephanie was introduced to Powell by a mutual friend and producer she had been working with. Although she was an upstart and he had worked with legends, they developed a powerful creative chemistry in the studio. “Michael had heard some of the tracks I had recorded and liked them, but he challenged me the first time we met to see if we could write a song on the spot,” she says. “I started singing as he played the guitar and we began building a vibe around that. We both push each other, because we believe that a lot of the best songs emerge when you’re working outside your comfort zone. He pushes me musically and I push him lyrically and with my different approach to vocal harmonies. We’ve created a fun, unique sound, with a little smoothness balancing out the rock and funk edges.”

Stephanie already has a strong social media presence, with thousands of followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Another platform quickly growing in popularity is her official VEVO channel, where her music videos – including the official clip for “Tonight” – show her staying true to her wild personality while representing the visual imagery of what fans have come to expect of her songs. Believing that “being fake is a lot more work than being truthful about who you are,” she portrays in her art what she is in real life – she’s sexy, dynamic and always in control. She embodies the kind of beauty that every guy wants but won’t “bring home to mom,” as it seems she’s always riding the thin line between quirkiness and utter insanity. A true Gemini, Stephanie describes herself as a “split personality.” She adds, “I could be the worst or best thing that’s ever happened to you. Probably both. That’s what I’m trying to show the world.”

The world has delighted in standing at full attention. Stephanie has been featured on Inside Edition, FOX, as well as in The Huffington Post, The New York Post, The Detroit Free Press and other noted television programs, websites and publications. Her music has been featured in TV shows (“The Game,” “Bad Girls Club,” “Total Divas,” etc.) and movies internationally. Headlining with her explosive band, she has graced the stages of numerous high profile venues and national festivals, including the RedGorilla Musicfest at SXSW, The Day & Night Music Festival, the famed Whisky a Go-Go, House of Blues LA and the Palace of Auburn Hills. A loyal hometown girl, she has been a regular national anthem singer for both the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions.

Beyond music, Stephanie has established herself as a style influencer known for her rock & roll fashion sense, for which she was named one of the Best-Dressed People in Detroit by Hour Magazine. Her spare time activities only add to the intrigue. She enjoys yoga, pilates, running, blackjack, stoli dolis and causing trouble.

“I don’t tend to write mushy love songs because truthfully, that has not been my life,” she says. “I write and sing what I know — and a lot of times, that’s heartbreak, letting loose, or causing a little trouble. I don’t pretend to be the perfect girl or an angel. My lyrics are real, raw, and a little sassy. That’s me in a nutshell. People recognize and appreciate honesty. Whether a song is about having a bunch of drinks, making mistakes and losing the love of your life, or anything in between, it’s much easier to connect with the song when the listener knows it’s all coming from personal experiences. Music should make you feel, no matter what the subject matter. Nothing is fake — except maybe some eyelashes, ha!”