Jordane Delahaye, Gleaner Writer
It is no secret that Jamaica is a breeding ground for talent, both in the entertainment arena and otherwise.
There has always been a willing cadre of promising young acts in the Jamaican music industry just looking for their chance to take over from the established stars; but these up and comers are, and have always been, mostly males.
Budding reggae star Stephanie Wallace-Maxwell is among the few female up and comers who are on the path to greatness.
Stephanie recently had her single If this is Real featured on the hit reality TV series, Dance Moms.
"The song was written specifically for the reason of music licensing/placement through production company Rebel America Inc (RAI). It was written about a year ago so I wasn't even expecting to hear about it now," Stephanie revealed.
Selling more than labels
Stephanie explained that RAI tries to sell songs to various entities, not just record labels. RAI will, for instance try to sell songs to movies, television series, ad campaigns, etc.
The songwriter explained that she has been writing for Rebel America Inc. for two years and Dance Moms marks her eighth and biggest placement. She is hoping that the milestone will translate to a huge career boost and admitted to already seeing rewards.
The Dance Moms feature comes at a very opportune time in Stephanie's career as the songbird is looking to release her debut EP on Ash Wednesday, February 13.
"The name of the EP is Real Woman and it's produced by me and Stephen Maxwell. It features some extraordinary musicians such as Sly and Robbie and Dave Eggar who is a Grammy-nominated cellist (former cellist for rock band Evanescence)," she told The Sunday Gleaner.
The artiste revealed that she is very excited about the compilation which she describes as a versatile mix but says she doesn't want to give away too much.
The first single to be released from the EP is the title track, Real Woman, and fans can look out for the music video soon as well.
The burgeoning talent also revealed that she has had an extensive background in music.
"It really just flowed naturally for me. I sang in school on both Queen's School Choir and Queen's School Performing Arts Society; led a band called Steel Force; became a member of Ashé Performing Arts Company and sang backing vocals for various recording artistes. Staying the course was the obvious choice," she shared.
Her journey as a professional artiste came a few weeks after visiting The Hilton Kingston hotel karaoke nights when she was approached by Steele Force to be their lead singer. Now, Stephanie is planning her solo album.
Until the album drops though, Stephanie revealed that she will be using her EP to build some momentum and get the local and international music scene more familiar with her artistry.
To keep up with Stephanie, you can follow her on twitter @stephsingslove or 'like' her Facebook Page facebook.com/stephsingslove.