What inspired your upcoming EP?
I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and sang in the church choir since I was in the first grade. I always had a deep love for the classical hymns that were sung during the church services; especially because of the soprano operatic voice that use to grace the church with her vocal stylings and great ability. She was a great influence on how I used my big voice, trying with every song to reach the back wall, with or without a microphone.
Though I transitioned to first a Baptist church and presently, a non-denominational one, the hymns are still songs that bring me joy and are my go-to songs when I get home and want to just release the weight of the day into my keyboard.
The songs take pieces of the hymns which are echoed along with psalms to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus is the reason for the season. I wanted to emphasize that as well as celebrate the music that gives glory to his name in a meaningful way. I always wanted to do a Christmas album as well. “Let the Praises Rise” is a Christmas EP but a compilation of hymns sprinkled with psalms and musical accompaniment.
What is different about this upcoming release from the others that you have shared with the listening world?
This album is special to me, and I am so thankful to God that I had the opportunity to not only create the songs but to have so many fabulous people come to my side to help me to complete it. Don Hanson on saxophone tooting his beautiful sounds into the first song. Charles Bartlett helped me to create a sort of parading sound of salute to end the project and Kristian Morgan on bass made the third song on the project “Give Thanks,” funky.
Anybody who knows me knows that I love harmony and I am happy to have had Roshida McLeod and Jazz E Matt singing with me with their animated background vocals. It’s just a true blessing to have these people in my life and I am looking forward to the moment when I can share the full project; coming this holiday season.
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To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
First, it was Michael Jackson and his falsetto singing, big afro, and cool dance moves. Then it was Deneice Williams and her cool grooves. Whitney Houston made me want to be able to sing in stadiums with a big voice like hers, without a mic.
I fall in love with Mariah Carey in the 4th grade and used to sing all her albums to the four walls of my basement all day and night. I saw Amel Larrieux in concert five times and love, love, love her voice. Sarah Vaughan became the voice that I couldn’t go a day without listening to of whose songs are featured most on my iTunes playlists.
Ella became my favorite, and I love Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and a wealth of other singers. I owe my style to these artists, to my love for jazz music, and to my upbringing singing in the Roman Catholic Church choir. There was an opera singer who used to sing right next to me in the soprano section. Her voice still echos in my heart today.
What are your plans for the near future?
While “Let the Praises Rise” is a Christmas EP coming out before year’s end with 4 songs to celebrate Jesus who is the reason for the season, I have a full-length album that will drop in 2023 with new songs; some written by me and some by my friend Keyboardist/songwriter Prrrl. I look forward to sharing those tunes soon.
How can people interested in knowing more about your music or live performances that you have coming up?
If interested in finding out more about Stephanie Jeannot and would like to keep up to date with her artistry and music, here are her social medial links:
Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/artist/stephanie-jeannot/433710715