Stephanie (singer)

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 Tokyo, Japan
flagicon|United States California, United States
Genre = J-pop
Occupation = Singer, songwriter
Years_active = 2007–present
Label = Sony
Associated_acts = Joe Rinoie
nihongo|Stephanie|ステファニー|Sutefanī|born August 5, 1987 is a Japanese singer and songwriter. Currently residing in Tokyo, she is signed onto Sony Music Japan and is a student at Aoyama Gakuin University's school of law.

Born to a Japanese mother from Yamaguchi Prefecture and an Armenian-American father, 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 Tokyo in 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 anime series "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=|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=|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 anime series, "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=|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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External links

* [ Official site at SME Records]

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