"Potently intelligent, pensively psychedelic," (Lucid Culture, 2011) vocalist Stephanie Rooker renders songs of personal and societal empowerment with her brooding, sometimes sultry, sometimes wounded voice, in an impressive array of styles. She draws her influences as deeply from her roots in jazz & soul music as from her love of conscious hip-hop and her explorations of North Indian classical music and indigenous sound healing practices worldwide. "Rooker’s repertoire of songs, some channeling Mississippi blues, some channeling emotive rock vixens like Janis Joplin, some others channeling jazz songstresses like Nina Simone, and then the more nuanced of contemporary genre-bending artists like Me'Shell NdegéOcello, are all authentic expressions of who Rooker truly is" (The Revivalist/OkayPlayer.com, 2010).

Since 2007, Stephanie Rooker has distinguished herself as a force of soul on the NY music scene and beyond, with her band The Search Engine, duo project with guitarist Ben Tyree, and freelance work with ensembles throughout the city including Riverside Church Inspirational Choir and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company’s "Revelations" chorus. She has released two albums of original music – Tellin You Right Now (2008) and The Only Way Out is In (2010). Following her sophomore album release, Rooker was selected to be an artist-in-residence with the John F. Kennedy Center’s esteemed Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Throughout her career, Rooker has managed to collaborate an impressive roster of talent, notably including Ben Tyree – who's played with everyone from Vernon Reid, Burnt Sugar: the Arkestra Chamber, and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone to Elliot Sharp and Valerie June; organist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood); celebrated Bronx turntablist DJ Logic; and guitarist Ronny Drayton (Defunkt, James Blood Ulmer, Roy Ayers, Nona Hendryx, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Alicia Keys). Rooker and her band have graced the stages of New York's historic Blue Note, Blues Alley in Washington D.C., and the prestigious Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA - to name a few.

Employing her B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Oberlin College, Rooker wields a distinctive grasp of cross-cultural archetypes, incisive listening, and mindful facilitation to demonstrate the vast possibilities of healing through music. In 2011, she was certified as an Integrative Sound & Music Practitioner by the NY Open Center's Sound & Music Institute, under the direction of Don Campbell. In 2014, Rooker completed a 200-hour certification in Yoga of the Voice, developed by Silvia Nakkach/Vox Mundi Project. In 2013, Rooker founded Voice Journey Sound Center (VJSC), through which she offers a diverse array of workshops, lessons, and services to strengthen the voice, promote personal well-being, and empower self-expression. Rooker's latest recording project, Make the Way by Walking – Voice Journeys with Stephanie Rooker (Oct 2015), is a double-album of improvised music based on her Voice Journey® teachings, in collaboration with a host of master sound healing musicians.