- Stephanie (singer)
Infobox Musical artist
Img_size = 150
Name = Stephanie
Background = solo_singer
Alias = Steph
Born = birth date and age|1987|08|05
Origin = flagicon|Japan
California, United States
Years_active = 2007–present
Label = Sony
URL = http://www.steph.jp/nihongo|Stephanie|ステファニー|Sutefanī|born
August 5, 1987is a Japanese singerand songwriter. Currently residing in Tokyo, she is signed onto Sony Music Japanand is a student at Aoyama Gakuin University's school of law.
Born to a Japanese mother from
Yamaguchi Prefectureand an Armenian-Americanfather, she is a Japanese citizen. She is able to sing five octaves and use the whistle register.
When she was 13 years old, Stephanie sent an audio demo tape of her singing to the Japanese music producer
Joe Rinoie, who was impressed with her singing and helped recommend her. Soon after, upon turning 14 the next year, she moved from California, where she was residing at the time, to Tokyoin order to further her singing career. She soon signed onto Sony Music Japan, debuting with her first single "Kimi ga Iru Kagiri" on the company's SME Records sublabel, which was featured as the first ending theme to Sony's animeseries "Kiss Dum", and was released on May 30, 2007. Her identity, prior to her debut, was kept secret.
Her second single, "because of you", was released on
August 29, 2007, and replaced "Kimi ga Iru Kagiri" as "Kiss Dum"'s second ending theme. On November 30, 2007, she was among the winners of the "Best Artist Award" at the prestigious 49th Japan Record Awards. [cite web|url=http://www.sanspo.com/geino/top/gt200711/gt2007113006.html|title=レコ大、金賞にコブクロら１０作品…大賞発表は１２・３０|publisher= Sankei Sports|date=2007-11-30|accessdate=2007-12-08] [cite web|url=http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-2162|title=49th Japan Record Award winners announced|publisher= Tokyograph|date=2007-11-30|accessdate=2007-12-08] In early 2008, she performed the second ending theme to the Sunrise TV animeseries, " Mobile Suit Gundam 00", titled "Friends", replacing The Back Horn's "Wana".
She will debut as an actress in the 2009 film "Pride", based on
Yukari Ichijo's manga. [citeweb|url=http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/3546439/|title=ステファニー、映画「プライド」主演に抜擢|accessdate=2008-07-08|date=2008-03-10|language=Japanese]
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* [http://www.steph.jp/ Official site at SME Records]
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